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Chisholm helps to turn two double plays

On the heels of getting his first hit in the majors and turning in the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays, Bahamian professional baseball player Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm was back at it on Monday, playing in an afternoon game for the Miami Marlins against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chisholm got his first career start at second base and batted seventh in the Marlins’ lineup yesterday. He finished the day hitless in four at-bats, but scored his first run in the majors after reaching base on an error, and the Marlins held on to win, 5-4, in 10 innings. With the win, they improved to a balanced 18-18 win/loss record, pulling to within three and a half games of the National League East Division leading Braves. They are also just a game and a half behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild card spot in the National League of Major League Baseball (MLB). They will host the Phillies in a five-game series, starting Thursday at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

In his first at-bat, Chisholm worked the count full in the top of the second and then reached on a throwing error by Braves’ starting pitcher Ian Anderson and advanced to second. He scored the Marlins’ first run of the game on a double to left field by starting shortstop Miguel Rojas who turned out to be the hero of the game for the Marlins, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a
run scored and driving in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.

In Chisholm’s second at-bat, he struck out, swinging in the top of the third inning as Anderson got him on four pitches. Chisholm struck out on an 87.6 miles per hour (mph) changeup, stranding two runners on base.

In his third at-bat in the top of the fifth, Chisholm bunt grounded out to Braves’ relief pitcher Robbie Erlin for the second out of that inning. In his fourth at-bat in the top of the seventh, Chisholm flew out to Braves’ center fielder Ender Inciarte.

The game went to extra innings, but Brian Anderson pinch hit for Chisholm in the top of the 10th and drew a base on balls.

Defensively, Chisholm got to flash his gloves a few times in the game, helping to turn two double plays – one to end a threat in the bottom of the first and the other to save the game for the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth.

Between the two double plays, he was involved in a pick off at second on one of the better young players in the game, Ronald Acuña Jr., in the bottom of the fourth. His tag on Acuña ended the Braves’ threat in that inning. Chisholm was pivotal in the Marlins’ victory as he finished the game with two put outs and two assists, helping to turn two double plays in his first stint at second base.

Nick Vincent pitched a scoreless 10th for the Marlins and earned the win. A.J. Minter suffered the loss for the Braves. Braves’ starter Anderson was pulled after three innings after giving up two hits and two runs, and Marlins’ starter José Ureña hurled five innings before being pulled for Josh Smith.

The Braves got a clutch solo shot from pinch hitter Adam Duvall to tie the game at four in the ninth, but Rojas doubled in what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the 10th.

For the season, Chisholm is batting .083, has a .083 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .167 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). He has a hit in 12 at-bats and has scored a run, starting twice at shortstop and once at second base. In total, he has five put outs, six assists and an error, and helped turn two double plays. He has a 1.000 fielding percentage at second base and a .875 fielding percentage at shortstop.

So far, Chisholm’s highlight of the season has been his running, leaping, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field on Sunday in the Marlins’ 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The play was so sensational that it earned the top play spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays for Sunday. Chisholm got a good jump on a mini pop fly to shallow center field, sprinted toward the ball and made the remarkable over-the-shoulder grab, stealing a hit away from Rays’ first baseman Nate Lowe.

It was a “wow” moment for the 22-year-old Bahamian infielder and proved that, defensively, he has what it takes to play in the big leagues.

The Marlins play the Braves in the second game of their three-game set tonight, and will play them again on Wednesday evening before heading back home to host the Phillies in a five-game series.

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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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