Braxton Garrett was stable early on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The left wing of the Miami Marlins got hold of the minimum in the first three innings and maneuvered out of a jam in the fourth inning with minimal damage.
And then came the fifth inning.
Garrett gave up four hits – all with two strikes – and got a draw with two outs in what became a four run inning that put the Marlins behind in their 5-3 loss at Busch Stadium. Miami drops to 33-40 during the season, while St. Louis improves to 43-34.
Brendan Donovan led off the rally for the Cardinals with a single with one out to left field on a 0-2 count. Edmundo Sosa then tripled to right-center on a 2-2 count to score Donovan. After a groundout by Ivan Herrera, Tommy Edman hit an tying single at 1-2, stole the second and scored on a Dylan Carlson ground-rule double to give St. Louis a 4-3 lead and chase Garrett. Paul Goldschmidt then hit a pop up to the shallow right center that Jon Berti nearly caught before the ball shot out of his glove. Carlson made it at home on the line to break the score.
It undone Miami’s three-run third inning that opened the score. Jesus Sanchez and Miguel Rojas hit back-to-back doubles to start the inning, while Nick Fortes and Jorge Soler added RBI singles. Soler’s hit was the 40,000th in Marlins franchise history. The Marlins had just one more goal for the rest of the game.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. stops
Second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. left Tuesday’s game in the second inning with right lower back discomfort.
Chisholm, who is the leading All-Star Game vote catcher among NL second basemen with phase 1 voting ending Thursday, is suffering from back spasms and as a result was unable to play Sunday and Monday.
Edward Cabrera update
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said right-handed pitcher Edward Cabrera experienced “a bit of a setback” as he battled a right elbow tendonitis that put him on the injured list on June 13.
Cabrera was originally scheduled to start drug addiction last week with Triple A Jacksonville, but was unable to make Wednesday’s game due to a personal issue. The last update on Monday was that he threw in Jupiter from 90 feet.
“We felt like we were moving forward through a [bullpen session]’ said Mattingly Tuesday, ‘and then he had a little elbow pain. We just slowed him down and we’re moving on.”
This is Cabrera’s first time dealing with an elbow injury, but he already has a track record of injury during his professional baseball career. The 24-year-old’s season debut in the minors was delayed about a month because he suffered from right biceps fatigue. He also suffered an inflamed nerve in his right biceps during spring training last year and suffered a blister after making his big league debut late in the 2021 season.
“With Edward, like many young players, you try to figure out what pain is.” [versus] what is injury,” Mattingly said, “and then you get the tests and all that stuff to make sure you’re okay. That gives you the freedom in your head to move on. It’s good for guys to know what’s really there because it’s the unknown that scares guys. We’re moving forward. Edward is careful, which he should be. He has a bright future.”