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Chisholm finishes hitless against the Sox

Bahamian Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm ended a three-game set for the Miami Marlins against the Boston Red Sox hitless on Thursday afternoon, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

Chisholm finished the three games a combined 0-for-9, and the Marlins dropped two of the three games. They won, 8-4, on Wednesday, but fell 5-3, on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Chisholm started at second base and batted eighth in the lineup. He finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

In his first at-bat, Chisholm, who bats left-handed, took an 88.1 miles per hour (mph) four-seam fastball and flied out to Red Sox left fielder Michael Chavis in the bottom of the second. Two innings later, he worked the count full before striking out swinging, and in the bottom of the sixth, he was called out on strikes for the first out in that inning. In his final at-bat in the bottom of the eighth, Chisholm grounded out to Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo.

He had a quiet day in the field with just two assists. In the top of the fifth, he fielded a sharp grounder from Xander Bogaerts and threw to first baseman Garrett Cooper for the first out in that inning. In the top of the ninth, he fielded a ground ball from Yairo Muñoz and threw him out at first base.

On Thursday, Chisholm started at second base and batted eighth. He finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being pulled in the bottom of the seventh for pinch hitter Jorge Alfaro. One inning later, Sean Rodríguez came into the game to play second base for the Marlins.

In his first at-bat, in the bottom of the third, Chisholm grounded out to Red Sox second baseman Arroyo for the first out in that inning. He came up to bat again in the bottom of the fifth and struck out swinging. In the bottom of the seventh, Chisholm was pulled for Alfaro who immediately delivered a RBI single.

Defensively, the 22-year-old Bahamian infielder turned in another gem, turning two spectacular double plays and adding a couple of fantastic assists.

He got Jackie Bradley Jr. in the top of the second inning when a shot from Bradley bounced off Marlins’ starting pitcher José Ureña and diverted to Chisholm. Forced to changed his direction on the heads-up play, Chisholm fielded the ball and tossed it to Marlins’ first baseman Jesús Aguilar for the out.

In the top of the third, Chisholm got Alex Verdugo on a groundout, tossing to Aguilar for the second out in that inning.

In the top of the fourth, Chisholm was back at it, turning a double play. On a ground ball off the bat of Kevin Plawecki, Chisholm took a throw from Marlins’ shortstop Miguel Rojas, stepped on the bag at second for one out and tossed to first to complete the double play to get the Marlins out of that inning.

On a 4-3 double play in the top of the seventh, he fielded a ground ball from J.D. Martinez, forced Bogaerts to come out of the baseline on an attempted tag and threw to first to get Martinez. Bogaerts was called out on the play. The spectacular play prevented any further damage for the Marlins in that inning as Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers had already delivered a three-run shot.

For the season, Chisholm is batting .136 with one home run and three RBIs. He has six hits in 44 at-bats, four bases on balls, two stolen bases and has scored six runs. Chisholm has a .224 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .474 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).

Defensively, he has 18 putouts, 34 assists, an error and has been a part of 10 double plays. He has a fielding percentage of 1.000 at second base and .938 at shortstop. Chisholm has started nine games at second base this season and four at shortstop.

The Marlins are still in sole possession of second place in the National League East Division with a 25-23 win-loss record – three games behind the Atlanta Braves (29-21). They are fifth overall in the National League Standings of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The Marlins host the struggling World Series Champions Washington Nationals for five games this weekend, and will end the COVID-19-shortened 60-game season with seven games on the road.

The top eight teams in each league will qualify for the playoffs this year.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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