MIAMI -- A night before, the Marlins presented Austin Dean with their Minor League Player of the Year award during a pregame ceremony at Marlins Park. On Saturday, the rookie outfielder gave another indication of why he belongs in the big leagues.Dean connected on a two-run home run and had
MIAMI -- A night before, the Marlins presented Austin Dean with their Minor League Player of the Year award during a pregame ceremony at Marlins Park. On Saturday, the rookie outfielder gave another indication of why he belongs in the big leagues.
Dean connected on a two-run home run and had three RBIs in the Marlins' 5-1 victory over the Reds at Marlins Park.
Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 27 prospect, Dean enjoyed a breakthrough Minor League season, combining to hit .345 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans.
"It's a huge accolade," Dean said of being selected the top Minor League position player. "The year I had in the Minors was unbelievable. I learned a lot of things down there. Had fun."
The big season earned him a shot in the big leagues, where he has seen significant action in left field.
For Saturday's game, Dean was miked for the Fox Sports Florida telecast, and throughout the game, the rookie interacted and engaged the fans in left field. <p.> The Marlins have now taken two of three against the Reds, with Sunday being the final home game at Marlins Park this season. </p.>
Jose Urena, again was masterful, throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings, with two strikeouts. But the right-hander's night was cut short in the sixth inning due to a tight right IT Band (the side of his right thigh).
"I didn't want to do too much, I had a little cramp," Urena said.
Urena is lined up to make one more start, which would be Friday at the Mets. As of now, he expects to be ready.
"Yeah, we'll take care of that, do a little treatment and I'll be ready," he said.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. Gabriel Guerrero hit his first big league home run, which came off Nick Wittgren in the eighth inning.
In the sixth, Urena favored his right leg on the pitch that induced a groundout to second off the bat of Scott Schebler.
Urena stayed in the game, and gave up back-to-back singles to Jose Peraza and Joey Votto, before giving way to Jarlin Garcia.
Urena now has won five straight decisions, and has a 1.13 ERA in September, and his ERA is 1.85 since the incident in Atlanta in mid-August, when he was suspended after hitting rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch.
"I'm going out there and doing my thing," Urena said. "I know what kind of person I am. My teammates, they know who I am. I just go out there and compete. I don't try to show people who I am, because they already know."
After weathering the top of the sixth, the Marlins broke open a five-run lead off DeSclafani on Brian Anderson's RBI single and Dean's two-run homer, which Statcast™ projected at 406 feet. J.T. Realmuto started the inning with a double down the third-base line.
DeSclafani was dominant in the first two innings, including a stretch of five straight strikeouts. But the Marlins broke through against the right-hander, who spent 2014-15 with Miami, with two runs in the fourth inning.
DeSclafani committed two errors in the inning, which made both runs unearned. He misplayed Realmuto's chopper to the mound, and he surrendered an RBI single to Lewis Brinson and Dean.
"We were having a lot of trouble with him," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't exactly feel like we beat him up all over the yard, but we got some hits and got some guys out there, and got some key hits."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Wittgren picked up the bullpen by working the seventh and eighth innings, allowing one run, but preserving a four-run lead heading into the ninth inning. In the seventh, Wittgren had a clean frame, and after Guerrero's homer to lead off the eighth, the right-hander retired Billy Hamilton on a line drive to left field, and then got two straight fly ball outs.
"It was nice to not have to stretch your 'pen," Mattingly said. "The extra runs were nice, too. Gave him the freedom to go two."
The home run by Guerrero in the eighth inning snapped a string of 19 scoreless innings by Miami pitchers in the series. On Friday, the Marlins won 1-0 in 10 innings.
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The defensive play of the night came in the sixth inning, when Scooter Gennett smoked a line drive that appeared to be headed into right field. But second baseman Starlin Castro made a diving stop to his left. The stop potentially saved a run, or at least, the Reds would have had bases loaded. Statcast™ tracked the liner at 101.3 mph, and it had a hit probability of 76 percent.
It was Castro's second big play this homestand in a similar situation with Garcia on the mound. In a win over the Nationals on Sept. 17 in Miami, Bryce Harper hit a sharp grounder to second that Castro snared for the third out.
"Harper hit a rocket over there, and Gennett hit a rocket," Mattingly said. "So, obviously, they're hitting it to the right spot, and Starlin made two nice plays over there. Big outs to get us out of innings."
HE SAID IT
"I'm going to be one of those guys who has a smile on my face. I love winning. I want to win every game possible. I want to finish this season strong, and whatever happens next year, bet on me just playing the game hard and trying to win every single game." -- Dean
Trevor Richards gets the nod in the final Marlins' home game, taking the mound at 1:10 p.m. PT against the Reds. The rookie seeks his first win since July 14 against the Phillies. In three September starts, Richards' ERA is 11.12. Right-hander Michael Lorenzen goes for the Reds.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.