Game 1 of the series was won by the Marlins 5-1. Miami only managed seven hits, but they were all important. For the Marlins, the scoring began with Jon Berti, in the third inning, he doubled in a run and later scored on a passed ball.
The Marlins scored three consecutive runs in the bottom of the eighth to increase their lead. Josh Bell, Jorge Soler, and Luis Arraez all hit home runs. The game’s winning pitcher was Braxton Garrett. He shut the door for five innings, allowing only four hits and striking out a single batter.
The Astros scored only once despite collecting eight hits. The Astros had four players with multiple hits: Jose Altuve, Chas McCormick, Jeremy Pena, and Yordan Alvarez. The only Astros batter to drive in a run was Altube. In the game, he doubled twice as well. Pitcher Framber Valdez took the loss. He allowed two of the three home runs he allowed in the eighth inning. Valdez gave up 6 hits, 3 runs, and 4 K’s while striking out 4.
The Astros will send out Cristian Javier as their opening day starter. For the Marlins, Johnny Cueto will take the mound. Statistically, Javier is having an above-average season. Although he is 8-2 on the year, his 4.36 ERA and 1.22 WHIP leave much to be desired. On the other hand, his opponents have a.232 batting average against him.
The Marlins took game one of the series thanks to a home run. They scored twice in the third, but the game was effectively over after they hit three home runs in a row. In 22 starts this season, Javier has allowed 18 home runs. His last six starts have not been any better.
That said, he has an ERA higher than 6.00 and has given up 7 home runs in those starts. The Marlins have been successful at home recently, and Javier has been easy to hit for.
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Houston Astros vs Miami Marlins Game Information
- Date: 08/15/2023
- Time: 08:40 PM ET
- Location: loanDepot park, Miami, Florida.
- How to Watch: Astros vs Marlins MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV