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Giants, Marlins set for finale of heated series
Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants
- Miami and San Francisco played a four-game set from June 11 to 14, with the Marlins winning the first three and the Giants taking the series finale. Despite the series result, the Marlins scored 18 total runs while the Giants scored 16.
- Miami has won at least two consecutive series for the second time in 2018. Previously, they took four consecutive series spanning from April 23 to May 6 against the Dodgers, Rockies, Phillies and Reds, respectively.
- San Francisco has lost six of its last nine games following a stretch of seven wins in eight. The six losses in nine games have all come on the road, and the Giants are now 7-18 on their travels since May 7.
- Over his last seven games (which includes four against the Giants), J.T. Realmuto's slash line is .370/.370/.741. He has picked up at least one hit in all but one of the games he has started in this span. The Marlins have won the last seven games in which Realmuto has gotten at least one hit after losing the previous seven.
- Over 40 percent of Caleb Smith's starts (6/14) have come against the NL West; Smith has posted a 3.58 ERA against the division to go along with a .214 opponent batting average and a 1.07 WHIP. In Smith's starts against the NL West, the Marlins are 4-2, compared to 3-5 in his other starts.
- Andrew Suarez has made ten starts in his career, allowing four or more earned runs in five of his ten outings. The Giants have gone 3-7 in Suarez's starts in 2018.
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- Yanks hold off BoSox's AL East clincher
- Cubs P Morrow shut down for rest of 2018
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A beanball war between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants has the potential to spill over into Wednesday's series finale, with neither manager saying the book was closed after there were three hit batsmen and two ejections Tuesday night.
The ball will be in the hands of Marlins right-hander Jose Urena (2-8, 4.18 ERA) and Giants lefty Derek Holland (4-7, 4.48), with each team needing a victory to win the series after splitting a pair of emotional affairs the last two nights.
The Giants avenged Monday's 5-4 loss with a 6-3 victory on Tuesday that featured Buster Posey hitting a home run and then getting hit by a pitch in his next at-bat.
It was exactly what Marlins manager Don Mattingly had promised when, in the top of the inning, he complained that both teams -- not just the Giants -- had received a warning when San Francisco starter Dereck Rodriguez hit Lewis Brinson with a pitch.
After a heated exchange with the umpires, Mattingly could be seen telling Posey, "You're next." Giants manager Bruce Bochy then jumped out of the dugout, having heard Mattingly tell the umpires, "If not tonight, then tomorrow."
"I guess they thought they had to do something," Bochy said of the Marlins, whose three-run, ninth-inning rally on Monday night included a key hit by Brinson, who celebrated by yelling at Giants closer Hunter Strickland on his way to first base.
On his way to the dugout after recording his fourth blown save later in the inning, Strickland walked near Brinson and the two exchanged words again.
Moments later, the emotional Strickland punched a door leading to the Giants' clubhouse, breaking his right hand. He is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
The Giants suffered a similar injury last week in Miami when third baseman Evan Longoria broke a finger when hit by a pitch.
Despite the warning and already down 3-0, Marlins starter Dan Straily hit Posey in the left shoulder in the bottom of the second inning, resulting in the ejection of both Straily and Mattingly.
The feisty Marlins manager was seen patting Straily on the back as both headed down the runway toward the clubhouse after the ejections.
"There's some fuzzy math going on," Bochy said when asked if he thought Straily's retaliation evened the score for the Giants plunking Brinson. "I've got a third baseman out 6-8 weeks. And I got a guy (Kelby Tomlinson) hit in the back (Monday) night."
The veteran Giants skipper went on to say anything's possible in the series finale.
"We're men," he boasted. "This happens in baseball. It won't be the last time."
Intention or no intention, the Marlins' Urena has been troubled by hit batsmen this season, having already plunked eight batters, tied for the fifth-most in the majors.
He has faced the Giants three times in his career, twice as a starter, and has gone 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.
The Giants' Holland, on the other hand, is about as unlikely to hit a batter as any pitcher in the game. He has plunked just one of the 306 guys he has faced this season.
Holland has pitched just once in his career against the Marlins, and it was a disaster. Facing a lineup that included Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton, Holland gave up five runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning while pitching for Texas in 2011.
Updated June 20, 2018