Chisholm gives it a ride but comes up short

Bahamian infielder Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm and the Miami Marlins were limited to just four hits on Tuesday, as they saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, losing 2-0 to the Boston Red Sox, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

Chisholm, who started at second base and batted eighth, was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout and left two stranded, but had a drive that produced one of the highlight reel plays of the game. In the bottom of the eighth, Chisholm made a bid for extra bases but his shot Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier was tracked down on the warning track by Yairo Muñoz. The Red Sox left fielder got a good jump on the ball and made a spectacular leaping grab while running into the padding on the left field wall. It was the first out in the bottom of the eighth and took away at least a double from Chisholm.

Red Sox starter Tanner Houck gave up just two hits in five innings and Red Sox relievers pitched four innings of two-hit ball. After Chisholm came within an inch of an extra base hit in the eighth, the Red Sox retired five of the next seven Marlins’ batters to preserve the win.

The Marlins brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but Garrett Cooper struck out swinging to end the game.

In his first at-bat in the bottom of the second inning, Chisholm swung through an 84.5 miles per hour (mph) slider, striking out to end the Marlins’ threat in that inning. Cooper singled and Miguel Rojas walked to put runners on first and second for the Marlins, but Chisholm couldn’t bring them home.

In his second at-bat, in the bottom of the fifth, Chisholm grounded out to Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec. He worked the count full before grounding out on a 92.7mph four-seam fastball. Chisholm came up to bat again in the bottom of the eighth and, as mentioned, lined out sharply to Muñoz. He jumped on the first pitch he saw from Brasier and lined out for the first out of that inning.

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth when the Red Sox got a RBI double from Jackie Bradley Jr. They added an insurance in the top of the eighth, and held on to win 2-0, spoiling a strong outing from Marlins’ right hander Sandy Alcantara. Alcantara surrendered just five hits and one run in six innings.

Defensively, Chisholm had four assists and a putout, and turned one double play.

In the top of the second, he fielded a ground ball from Christian Vazquez and threw to first baseman Jesús Aguilar for the out. In the top of the third, he fielded a ground ball from Muñoz and threw to Aguilar again, for the out. In the top of the fourth, he fielded another ground ball from Vazquez and threw him out again. Finally, in the top of the ninth, Alex Verdugo grounded into a double play that was turned by Chisholm. Rojas fielded the ball and threw to Chisholm who relayed the throw to Aguilar for the double play.

For the season, Chisholm is now batting .158 with one home run and three RBIs. He has six hits in 38 at-bats, four bases on balls, two stolen bases and has scored six runs. Chisholm has a .256 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .545 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).

Defensively, he has 16 putouts, 28 assists, an error and has been a part of eight double plays. He has a fielding percentage of 1.000 at second base and .938 at shortstop. The 22-year-old Bahamian has started seven games at second base this season and four at shortstop.

The Marlins are in sole possession of second place in the National League East Division with a 24-22 win/loss record – three and a half games behind the Atlanta Braves (29-20). They are fifth overall in the National League Standings of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The Marlins finish off their series with the Red Sox today, and will host the struggling World Series Champions Washington Nationals for five games this weekend. They 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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