In his first full year in the big leagues, Bahamian professional baseball player Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm Jr. has a 100-hit season!
He achieved the milestone on Monday, slapping out a single in four at-bats against the Washington Nationals. Chisholm was hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday, and then knocked out two more hits on Wednesday to bring his batting average up to .254 on the season. He finished a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate on Wednesday – the 35th multi-hit game of his career.
On Monday, Chisholm wasted no time in recording his 100th hit of the season – the third player on the Marlins’ roster to do so this year.
Batting second in the line-up, Chisholm jumped on an 88.8 miles per hour (mph) four-seam fastball, on a 2-1 count in the top of the first inning, and drilled a sharp line drive to right field for the one-out hit. He stole second base, his 21st steal of the season, and came around to score on a single by clean-up batter Jesús Sánchez.
The Marlins went on to score two runs in the top of the ninth and held on for the 3-0 win at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. They lost 8-2 on Tuesday, and then wrapped up the series with a come-from-behind 8-6 win on Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday. They scored four in the top of the ninth to record the thrilling victory.
Chisholm’s two hits on Wednesday gives him 102 for the season and 111 in his career. He came on as a defensive replacement at second base in the bottom of the sixth inning on Wednesday and immediately paid dividends. The 23-year-old infielder of the Marlins came up to bat in the top of the seventh and blasted a double to center field off Nationals’ reliever Sam Clay, forcing him out of the game. The Marlins scored one run in the inning to tie the game 3-3, but the Nats responded with two in the bottom part of that frame to go ahead again. Both teams scored in the eighth to set up the drama-filled ninth.
Chisholm was up second for the Marlins in the ninth, and jumped on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat – a 95mph sinker from
Nationals’ closer Kyle Finnegan. Chisholm connected on a single, sending Isan Díaz to second base. Díaz scored and Chisholm reached third on a single by Miguel Rojas. Chisholm scored on a RBI force out by Bryan De La Cruz, and Sánchez then drove in the winning runs on a two-run home-run to left center field. It was his second home-run of the game.
Chisholm and the Marlins are significantly out of playoff position in the National League of Major League Baseball (MLB) with a 62-84 win/loss record while the Nationals are on the verge of elimination – just two years after they would have won it all.
As mentioned, the Bahamian big leaguer is batting .254 for the season, and has 15 home-runs, 46 RBIs (runs batted in) and 62 runs scored. He is just five home-runs short of a 20-20 season for the Marlins, showing power and speed. Also, 37 of his 102 hits this season has gone for extra bases. He is leading the team in triples with four.
Chisholm spent much of the season as a lead-off hitter and has produced. He has a .309 on-base percentage (OBP), a .430 slugging percentage (SLG) and a .739 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). The electrifying infielder is wrapping up what has been a successful first full year in the majors for him.
The Marlins have 16 games remaining on their schedule. They are off today, and then start a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, tomorrow. They host the Nationals for three games next week and then travel to St. Petersburg, Florida, to face the American League leading Tampa Bay Rays next weekend.