ATLANTA -- Before taking the field on Tuesday night, the Marlins traded veteran reliever Brad Ziegler and outfielder Cameron Maybin, creating more opportunities for their younger players. Magneuris Sierra is one of the rookies who will receive more playing time, and the 22-year-old chipped in with three hits and two
ATLANTA -- Before taking the field on Tuesday night, the Marlins traded veteran reliever Brad Ziegler and outfielder Cameron Maybin, creating more opportunities for their younger players. Magneuris Sierra is one of the rookies who will receive more playing time, and the 22-year-old chipped in with three hits and two RBIs.
But the Marlins didn't have much else go their way on a soggy night in an 11-6 loss at SunTrust Park that secured a series victory for the Braves, who got home runs from Ronald Acuna Jr., Nick Markakis and Johan Camargo.
Sierra collected two singles and a double, J.T. Realmuto crushed a homer and Isaac Galloway made his Major League debut, subbing for Derek Dietrich in left, in the seventh inning. And in his first and only at-bat, the 28-year-old Galloway reached on an infield single, later scoring on Brian Anderson's double.
"[Sierra] looked good," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Really, the first game he looked a little rough. Other than that, he's getting on time. Once he gets on time, then we'll be able to take the next step forward. As long as he's on time, then we're going to be able to do a lot more work."
Acquired from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade last December, Sierra appeared in his seventh game with the Marlins, recording his first multi-hit contest.
By trading Maybin, Sierra is expected to play more center field, sharing time with the right-handed-hitting Galloway, who debuted after appearing in 947 Minor League games. The Marlins drafted Galloway in the eighth round in 2008.
"Ike's one of those guys I think everyone roots for because he's had such a long road, is such a great kid," Mattingly said. "He's worked hard. He's talented. This guy can fly. He's a good defender. Every time I've seen him play, he seems to get his hits. It's good to have him here, and he's having the opportunity."
Galloway has kept plugging away in the organization, keeping a positive outlook despite never getting a taste of the big leagues.
"Just shocked," Galloway said about getting the call. "I'm happy to be here. I want to help the team and contribute as much as I can. But I'm really shocked right now."
Due to rain, the start of the game was delayed one hour and 27 minutes. Atlanta wasted little time, with Acuna belting his first leadoff homer against Dan Straily. Markakis provided a two-run shot in the third inning.
Atlanta tagged Straily for eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"I just didn't have it today. Plain and simple," Straily said. "I didn't have location, I didn't have stuff. Everything they put in play today found a hole. It just wasn't my day out there today."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Marlins closed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth, but in the bottom of the inning, an error by Miguel Rojas, who called off Straily to field pitcher Kolby Allard's bunt, gave the Braves an extra out. They capitalized with a five-run inning, with three of the runs being unearned. Allard, making his Major League debut, would earn the victory.
"We talk about it all the time," Mattingly said. "When you mess up bunts, it usually costs you multiple runs when you don't take the outs you're supposed to get."
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Galloway has the most career Minor League games (947) by a Marlins player at the time of his MLB debut. That distinction previously went to Brian Daubach, who had 965 games in the Minors before his debut on Sept. 10, 1998. More >
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
After the Braves broke open a six-run lead with five in the fourth inning, Realmuto blasted a solo homer in the fifth. It was the All-Star's 14th of the season. Per Statcast™, the home run projected at 434 feet, with an exit velocity of 106.7 mph. That's the second-longest homer Realmuto has hit, as projected by Statcast™. On June 10, 2017 at Pittsburgh, he launched a home run 444 feet.
HE SAID IT
"I didn't see it very well. It looked like nobody was complaining about the slide. Obviously, he's catching the ball right in front of the base, somehow. Andy probably didn't have anywhere else to go. Obviously, you don't want anybody getting hurt in a game like that, you don't want to see anybody get hurt in a game ever. You hate to see their young, talented kid get hurt on their side. I'm glad he's OK." -- Mattingly, on Anderson's slide in the ninth that took out Ozzie Albies, who appears to be fine
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Marlins benefited from a replay overturn in the fourth inning that helped them get on the board. Trailing by three, Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch and Rojas rolled a dribbler to second. Albies came up on the ball and was in position to perhaps turn a double play but fumbled it. Second-base umpire Adam Hamari initially called Dietrich out at second, claiming Albies lost possession on the exchange. But after a review of 31 seconds, the call was overturned.
Dietrich would score on JT Riddle's RBI single to right.
Rookie Pablo Lopez makes his sixth MLB start (third on the road) as the right-hander goes for the Marlins at 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday against the Braves at SunTrust Park. Away, opponents are hitting .179 off Lopez. Former Marlin Anibal Sanchez pitches for Atlanta.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.