MIAMI -- With the Opening Day festivities out of the way, Lewis Brinson said on Friday afternoon that it was time to relax and just play baseball.Little did he realize that his second game with the Marlins would last 17 innings. The wait was worth it as they prevailed, 2-1,
MIAMI -- With the Opening Day festivities out of the way, Lewis Brinson said on Friday afternoon that it was time to relax and just play baseball.
Little did he realize that his second game with the Marlins would last 17 innings. The wait was worth it as they prevailed, 2-1, in walk-off fashion over the Cubs in a game that lasted 5 hours, 18 minutes at Marlins Park.
Brinson found his timing in his second game, collecting four singles and making a diving catch in the top of the 10th inning.
"It makes it a little sweeter that we got the win," Brinson said. "To play 17 innings the day after Opening Day, I don't think anybody expected that. We were actually watching the Tigers and the Pirates, making fun of them."
In the afternoon, the Pirates outlasted the Tigers, 13-10, in 13 innings.
"They couldn't score, and we go out there and play 17 innings," Brinson said. "Luckily, we got the win."
Brinson, ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, is the first Marlins rookie to have at least four hits in a game since J.T. Realmuto (June 5, 2015 at Colorado).
"I'm glad I got my hits, but we got that win out of the way," Brinson said. "Now, we can roll after that."
In the 10th inning, Brinson showcased his defensive skills, snaring Addison Russell's line drive with a diving catch in center.
Russell hit a solid liner off Jarlin Garcia, but Brinson made the diving play to keep the game tied at 1. According to Statcast™, Brinson had a 58 percent catch probability on the play, and it is classified as a three-star catch.
Several times in the first two games, Brinson has grounded to Russell at shortstop, so he was able to return the favor.
"It was a big moment in the game," Brinson said. "It got to that ball. Addy has been finding me and I've been finding him this series so far. I'm glad I came up with that catch, but a lot of big plays."
Acquired from the Brewers in the Christian Yelich trade, the 23-year-old from Coral Springs, Fla., went hitless in five at-bats leading off on Thursday in an 8-4 loss.
After grounding out in the first inning on Friday, Brinson strung together singles in his next four at-bats.
In the third inning, he singled and scored on Starlin Castro's RBI single off Kyle Hendricks.
"Momentum is definitely in our favor right now," Brinson said. "That's a good squad over there, obviously. I think we've proved that we can stick with anybody. We're never out of a game. I'm definitely proud of this squad today, and [Thursday]. But we've got to bring it back tomorrow, too."
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