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The best season in more than a decade for the Miami Marlins has come to an end.
After making the postseason for the first time since the championship year of 2003, the Marlins swept the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Series, but would go no further. In the National League Division Series, the Marlins were swept by the Atlanta Braves in three games.
It marks the first time that Miami has ever lost a playoff series. The Marlins will now prepare for what could be a busy offseason.
Week in Review
Miami Marlins 5, Atlanta Braves 9
Tuesday, Oct. 6 (National League Division Series Game 1)
The Miami Marlins led most of the way, but the Atlanta Braves broke through with six runs in the seventh inning. After Marcell Ozuna singled to tie the game for Atlanta, Travis d’Arnaud put the Braves ahead for good with a 3-run home run. Dansby Swanson would add a 2-run shot later in the inning. Atlanta’s Acuña Jr. and Miami’s Miguel Rojas also each homered in the contest. Brian Anderson was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Miami. Garrett Cooper also plated two runs and scored another for the Marlins.
Miami Marlins 0, Atlanta Braves 2
Wednesday, Oct. 7 (National League Division Series Game 2)
Miami’s Pablo Lopez and Atlanta’s Ian Anderson were each stellar on the mound in their starts, but two solo home runs was the difference. For the second day in a row, d’Arnaud and Swanson left the yard for the Braves. The two teams combined for just seven hits.
Atlanta Braves 7, Miami Marlins 0
Thursday, Oct. 8 (National League Division Series Game 3)
The Atlanta Braves blew things open with a 4-run third inning off Miami starter Sixto Sanchez and never looked back. d’Arnaud and Swanson again supplied the offense for the Braves. Each had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Marcell Ozuna and Freddie Freeman also each had two hits and a run scored in the win. Corey Dickerson had three of the five hits for Miami.
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not
Brian Anderson, 3B
Although he went 0-for-4 in Thursday’s series finale, Brian Anderson had a solid first postseason appearance. Anderson went 4-for-10 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in the NLDS. Anderson also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch in the series.
Brad Boxberger, P
It was not a great series for the Miami pitching staff, but Brad Boxberger put together a solid postseason. Boxberger and Ryne Stanek were the only two Miami relievers to throw multiple games in the NLDS and not give up a run. In 3.1 postseason innings, Boxberger allowed no hits and just two walks. He picked up the clinching win over the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card Series.
Sixto Sanchez, P
It was a stellar rookie year for Miami starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez, but his final outing wasn’t his best. In Thursday’s Game 3 loss, Sanchez worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, but allowed four runs in the third. Sanchez went just three innings, yielding four hits and two walks. Sanchez gave up 13 earned runs in his final 15 innings pitched this year.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B
Jesus Aguilar had an outstanding first year with Miami, but his NLDS performance wasn’t what he had hoped for. Aguilar was just 2-for-13 in the series against Atlanta without an extra base hit or walk. Aguilar struck out five times.
News, Notes and Recognitions
The National League Division Series was the first postseason series that the Miami Marlins ever lost.
By eliminating Miami, Atlanta advances to the National League Championship Series to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.