Bronx beat­down for Mar­lins

Ex-Mar­lin Stan­ton goes 0-for-3 at plate

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MLB - By Craig Davis Staff writer

NEW YORK As the deficit spiked quickly on a chill night in the Bronx, the Mar­lins had to grab onto heart­warm­ing thoughts where they could find them.

There were friendly chants of “Don­nie Base­ball” from the home crowd and a nice video trib­ute to man­ager Don Mat­tingly while his for­mer team was ad­min­is­ter­ing a 12-1 thrash­ing to his young team Mon­day in the opener of a two-game set at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

Could this Mi­ami team ever use a prime-time Don­nie Base­ball in the mid­dle of the lineup. The video high­lights were a re­minder, that guy could re­ally play un­til back trouble short-cir­cuited a ca­reer that seemed bound for Coop­er­stown.

The Mar­lins mus­tered only five hits, while the Yan­kees had al­most that many home runs — two by Didi Gre­go­rius and an his­toric shot by Aaron Judge.

With his op­po­site-field drive to right in the sec­ond in­ning, Judge reached 60 home runs in his 197th ca­reer game, the fewest in ma­jor league his­tory. Mark McGwire had the pre­vi­ous mark, hit­ting 60 in his first 202 games.

For­mer Mar­lins Gian­carlo Stan­ton was the least of Mi­ami’s prob­lems as the strug­gling slug­ger was the only Yan­kee starter with­out a hit, go­ing 0-for-3 with two strike­outs. He also walked and was hit by a pitch.

The Mar­lins can at least be heart­ened by the im­pend­ing re­turn of catcher J.T. Real­muto, who is fi­nally re­turn­ing to the lineup af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a back bruise.

Real­muto left a re­hab as­sign­ment with High-A Jupiter af­ter a three-hit day Sun­day, in­clud­ing a homer, and was with the Mar­lins but not ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list. That could hap­pen to­day.

Al­though this se­ries would present an op­por­tu­nity to work Real­muto into the lineup as a des­ig­nated hit­ter, Mat­tingly in­di­cated that when he’s ready to play he’ll be be­hind the plate.

“It will be nice to have J.T. back, ob­vi­ously,” Mat­tingly said. “He’s a guy who is a tremen­dous leader for us, be­hind the plate, but also a guy of­fen­sively, you plug in and put him in the mid­dle of your or­der. It’s re­ally an area we’ve had trouble scor­ing runs.”

Real­muto has been out since a March 11 ex­hi­bi­tion game against the Yan­kees in Jupiter when sec­ond base prospect Gley­ber Tor­res kneed him in the back on a pick­off at sec­ond.

This time the Yan­kees ad­min­is­tered abuse on Mar­lins pitch­ing, start­ing with their own for­mer prospect Caleb Smith. The rookie left-han­der la­bored through 2 1/3 in­nings, throw­ing 84 pitches and al­low­ing five runs.

Smith, ac­quired in an off­sea­son trade with New York along with Gar­rett Cooper, dug a 2-0 hole with an in­ter­minable first in­ning that saw him threw 42 pitches (23 strikes) and walk three, in­clud­ing Tyler Austin with the bases loaded.

The in­ning started with a bloop hit to left by Brett Gard­ner. Gary Sanchez drove in the first run with an in­field hit.

Smith’s lack of com­mand con­tin­ued a pat­tern of first in­nings of rough first in­nings by Mar­lins starters. Com­ing into the game, Mi­ami starters had an 8.40 ERA in the open­ing frame, which ranked 28th of 30 teams in the ma­jors, last in the Na­tional League.

The Yan­kees were just get­ting started as they scored in each of the first five in­nings. Tyler Cloyd, who re­lieved Smith, was shelled for six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 in­nings.

New York was fi­nally thwarted in the sixth, but only be­cause Gard­ner’s smash up the mid­dle struck sec­ond-base um­pire Bill Welke, pre­vent­ing a run­ner from scor­ing.

Mean­while, the Mar­lins man­aged only Miguel Ro­jas’ lead­off dou­ble in the fourth in six in­nings against Luis Sev­erino.

It was a rough start to a nine-game, three-city trip that will carry a dose of nos­tal­gia at each stop for Mi­ami.

The four-game stop in Mil­wau­kee may bring an en­counter with Chris­tian Yelich, who is on the DL with an oblique strain but is el­i­gi­ble to come off.

ELSA/GETTY IMAGES

Gary Sanchez blooped a sin­gle off Mar­lins pitcher Tyler Cloyd in the third in­ning on Mon­day.

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