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Jazz hitless in first full game

Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm came up hitless in his first full game in the majors on Wednesday night, going 0-for-4 with a couple of hard hit line outs to the outfield in the Miami Marlins’ 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park, in Miami, Florida.

With Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas not fully recovered from a sore abdomen, Chisholm got the starting nod and ended up playing the full game.

In his first at-bat, the 22-year-old Bahamian was a bit overaggressive and ended up striking out on a 74 miles-per-hour (mph) curveball from Blue Jays starter Hyun-jin Ryu. Chisholm fouled off the first curveball from Ryu, took a ball on the second pitch, swung through a cutter on the third pitch and was fooled by the curveball on the fourth pitch. He struck out swinging, leaving two runners in scoring position. Overall, the Marlins certainly had their chances as they left nine runners on base and were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

In his second at bat, Chisholm lined a 90 mph fastball to center field. He took a 2-2 pitch and lined out to right field in his third at bat, and finally flied out to center field in the bottom of the ninth.

On defense, Chisholm had a putout, two assists and a throwing error. He’s played 11 innings in total in his young major league career and has a fielding percentage of .800 so far.

In total, the Marlins struggled to get anything going offensively against Ryu and the Blue Jays. The veteran southpaw gave up just five hits and a run in six full innings, earning the win. Marlins rookie right-hander Sixto Sánchez was strong in defeat, yielding six hits and two runs in seven full innings. His only real mistake of the game came on an 0-1 pitch to Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the top of the fifth. Gurriel lined an 89 mph slider over the left field fence, scoring two runs and giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.

The Marlins got on the scoreboard on an RBI single by first baseman Garrett Cooper a half inning later, but Blue Jays pitchers hurled four and third scoreless innings the rest of the way. Anthony Bass retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to record the save. The Marlins had the tying run in scoring position on three occasions in the final four and a third innings but just couldn’t come up with the timely hit when they needed to.

When called up the majors on Tuesday, Chisholm said the first thing he did was to call family and friends and share the news. He is the seventh Bahamian to play in the majors.

“It was real emotional and a real touching moment for me, given how far I’ve come from,” he said. “I just had to clear my mind and say to myself that I was ready to come and help the team win a ball game. The jitters are now gone and I’m just happy to be here. Being here in Miami, so close to home, I’m always lost for words when I think of it. It couldn’t be a better time – to get called up to a playoff potential team is just amazing. I believe that we are going to make it to the playoffs.”

Chisholm batted ninth in the Marlins’ lineup on Wednesday, a day after making his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut. On Tuesday, he came on as a defensive replacement for Rojas in a tied game in the top of the eighth inning. Chisholm immediately recorded an out in the top of the eighth on a hard hit ball to short, the Marlins got a huge go-ahead solo home run from their new outfielder Starling Marte a half inning later and they held on to win 3-2.

The Marlins are now at .500 with a 16-16 win/loss record and are just a game behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild card spot in the National League of MLB. They travel to Tampa to play the American League East Division-leading Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game set this weekend before going to Atlanta for three games early next week.

Rojas, who was replaced by Chisholm, is listed as day-to-day and could be back in the starting lineup this weekend but Chisholm will likely experience more action. His career is just getting started, and the future looks bright for the Bahamian infielder. Halfway through a COVID-19-shortened 60-game season, the Marlins are right in the midst of a playoff push and the talented Bahamian could certainly provide a major boost.

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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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