Logan Gilbert tosses eight in shut out of Marlins on Anime Day

Logan Gilbert Anime Day

Photo by JC Ruiz


Miami, Florida – The Seattle Mariners led wire-to-wire thanks to a strong performance from Logan Gilbert blanking the Miami Marlins 9-0 on Anime Day. Jesús Luzardo was scratched from Saturday’s game due to a lumbar stress reaction. Shaun Anderson was tapped for the start running into problems early. Anderson lasted until the fourth giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits.

The offense couldn’t figure out Gilbert managing only four hits in the effort. In addition to going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, the Fish hit into three double-plays.

Luzardo’s back issue will reportedly shelve the Southpaw for four to six weeks. Jazz Chisholm Jr., also exited the game due to right bicep tightness. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak, all of them walk-offs. Miami is now 26-50.

A sad Saturday

Anderson surrendered a pair of runs in the first. J.P. Crawford scored on a wild pitch followed by Josh Rojas crossing the plate on a sacrifice fly. Anderson regained control, temporarily stemming the damage until the fourth. Furthermore, the Mariners tagged the right-hander for five consecutive hits knocking in four runs.

Seattle cushioned its lead courtesy of Dominic Canzone hammering his seventh home run of the season making it 7-0. The Marlins tried to get something going in the sixth. Nick Gordon led off with a double while Emmanuel Rivera got on base thanks to a fielding error by the third baseman Josh Rojas. Nick Fortes grounded into the team’s third double-play of the day deflating the effort. Pinch-hitter Vidal Bruján struck out stranding Gordon at third. What’s more, the Mariners added to their already steep advantage with deuces in the eighth closing out the Fish.

Impressions

The game was a total stinker. It was a bad performance all around, ranging from the pitching giving up plentiful runs to a four-hit showing from the offense. Lastly, Emmanuel Rivera pitched in the ninth. That’s how bad it got.

The loss of Luzardo isn’t the latest blow to the devastated starting rotation. Prior to the game, it was announced that lefty Braxton Garrett had elbow discomfort removing him from tomorrow’s series finale. We’re not even halfway through the season and the pitching has been completely wrecked. Luzardo is now very unlikely to be traded at the trade deadline.

This suits the organization just fine since it allows him to continue building up his value for a transaction further down the road. I like him so if he stays longer that’s great.

Changing gears I gotta give kudos to the marketing team. You can tell they’re giving it everything they’ve got trying to put butts on the chairs with the convention theme this weekend. Unveiling the first annual MarlinsCon, the three-day event started with DC Superheroes on Friday, Anime Day on Saturday, and Star Wars Day on Sunday. For full disclosure, I am a huge nerd with a love for both anime and Star Wars so this was great to see. Hopefully, they do it again next year.

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