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Jazz, Marlins continue their winning ways

It’s been an up and down season for the Miami Marlins following a COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning of the season, but they are now one of the hottest teams in baseball, and Bahamian Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm is right in the midst of it.

The Marlins won their third straight game on Monday, and in so doing, finished off their weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies by taking five out of the seven games – their longest ever homestand against any one team. They are now solely in the number five spot in the National League Standings of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Marlins have a 24-21 win/loss record, and have eight more games at home before going on the road to close out the COVID-19 shortened 60-game season.

On Monday, Chisholm once again contributed, going 1-for-4 with a RBI, helping the Marlins take down the Phils, 6-2, at Marlins Park, in Miami, Florida. He started at shortstop, eventually moved to second, and batted sixth in the Marlins’ lineup.

Chisholm drove in the first run of the game for the Marlins, tying the game at one, on a line drive single to center field in the bottom of the second inning. With a runner on second, and with the 22-year-old Bahamian facing a full count, he drove an 84.1 miles per hour (mph) knuckle curveball to center field to get the Marlins on the scoreboard. The Marlins’ next batter, Miguel Rojas, walked, but he and Chisholm were stranded on base when Isan Díaz grounded out and Chad Wallach struck out. Marlins’ starting second baseman Díaz suffered a left groin injury on that groundout, Brian Anderson came in the game and played third, Rojas moved over to shortstop, and Chisholm went to second.

The Marlins plated two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good, but Chisholm later struck out to end any further threat that inning. He was called out on strikes again in the bottom of the fifth and grounded out to Phillies’ shortstop Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the eighth.

Defensively, Chisholm ended the game with a putout and two assists.

In the top of the first, he fielded a ground ball off the bat of Gregorius and threw to first baseman Garrett Cooper for the third out in that inning. In the top of the fourth, after switching over to second base from shortstop, Chisholm caught a pop fly from Phillies’ designated hitter Jean Segura for the second out in that inning. Finally, in the top of the fifth, he retired Phillies’ catcher Rafael Marchan on a ground ball, throwing to first to Cooper for the out.

For the season, Chisholm is batting .171 with one home run and three RBIs. He has six hits in 35 at-bats, four bases on balls, two stolen bases and has scored six runs. Chisholm has a .275 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .589 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).

Defensively, he has 15 putouts, 24 assists, an error and has been a part of seven double plays. He has a fielding percentage of 1.000 at second base and .938 at shortstop. The talented Bahamian has started six games at second base this season and four at shortstop.

Marlins’ starter Pablo López yielded just three hits and one run in seven strong innings to earn the win. He settled down after surrendering a lead-off home run to Andrew McCutchen. Brad Boxberger gave up a hit and a run in one inning of work, and Brandon Kintzler retired the side in order in the ninth to preserve the win.

Phillies’ starter Vince Velasquez suffered the loss after surrendering seven hits and four runs in three and two third innings.

The Marlins got solo shots from Rojas and Starling Marte in the game. They scored six unanswered after McCutchen’s lead-off home run and never looked back.

Chisholm and the Marlins will host the Boston Red Sox for three games starting today, and then will host the struggling World Series Champions Washington Nationals for five games this weekend. They end the COVID-19 shortened season with seven games on the road.

The top eight teams in each league will qualify for the playoffs this year. The Marlins are second behind the Atlanta Braves (28-19) in the National League East Division, and fifth overall in the National League standings.

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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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