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  W: J. Yamamoto (2-0)   L: J. Flaherty (4-4)
5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, June 18, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 41,467

Marlins' Yamamoto seeks winning encore vs. Cards

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals took two of three games in Miami when these teams met from June 10-12, with the teams combining for a total of 22 runs (11-11) in the series. The 11 runs are the fourth fewest by the Cardinals in any three-game series this season -- they went a combined 1-8 in the games in the other three series.
  2. The Marlins dropped two of three in Pittsburgh and have gone 2-8 since June 6, tied with the Orioles and Tigers for the worst record in MLB since that date. Miami and Kansas City are the only teams in MLB with multiple distinct 2-8 spans this season (each with two).
  3. Garrett Cooper has 15 singles in June, tied with Starling Marte for the second most in the National League, trailing only Ronald Acuna, Jr. (16). Cooper is riding a career-long nine-game hitting streak during which he has slashed .382/.447/.559.
  4. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .412 versus the Marlins since being traded from Miami to St. Louis prior to 2018. He has five multi-hit games versus Miami in this span, tied with Kris Bryant, Eric Hosmer and Anthony Rizzo for the most by a player on a non-divisional opponent.
  5. Elieser Hernandez went 5.2 innings versus the Cardinals on June 11 in his first start of 2019, allowing three earned runs and five hits, striking out seven and walking only one. Hernandez has a career 4.99 ERA as a starter compared to a 5.48 mark as a reliever.
  6. Miles Mikolas has gone 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over his last six starts. Mikolas has allowed 14 home runs in 14 starts this season after allowing 16 in 32 starts in 2018.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2019 thru 6/20/2019

It wasn't evident from his performance, but Miami Marlins right-hander Jordan Yamamoto spent the hours before his major league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals last week with a bad case of the jitters.

"I was really nervous," said Yamamoto, 23. "I was sweating all day."

Once the first pitch left his hand, however, Yamamoto made the Cardinals perspire, tossing seven scoreless innings. He struck out five while allowing two singles, two walks and one double in a 9-0 victory on June 12.

On Tuesday night in St. Louis, the Cardinals will get a second chance to hand Yamamoto his first major league loss. Yamamoto (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will be opposed by Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.28 ERA).

Yamamoto, a Hawaii native, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville ahead of the start last week. When he was told about his promotion, he invited his parents to come to Miami and was met with some initial resistance.

"They were like, 'No, it's too expensive,'" Yamamoto said of the flight. "I said, 'Mom, I don't care. Get out here. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing.'"

Flaherty is coming off an interesting week, although certainly not as memorable as what happened to Yamamoto. Flaherty gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the New York Mets on Thursday.

That would have resulted in a loss for Flaherty had the Cardinals not rallied for two runs in the ninth inning, taking him off the hook. St. Louis added a run in the 10th for a 5-4 win.

That game was also notable, in a way, for Flaherty because he struck out Mets catcher Wilson Ramos. Right before that strikeout, while Ramos was in the on-deck circle, his wife had held up a sign saying she was pregnant with their third child.

On Saturday, things got really crazy for Flaherty. He was used as a ninth-inning pinch runner and was cut down at the plate by a throw from Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil. Flaherty stumbled around third base, and he wound up getting tagged out by Ramos for the final out of an 8-7 Cardinals loss.

As for his pitching, Flaherty, 23, is still trying to find the form that helped him finish fifth in National League Rookie of the Year voting last season after he went 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA. He hasn't earned a decision in his past five starts, but he gave up a combined eight runs over nine innings in his past two outings.

Flaherty has made one career start against Miami, a loss on June 6, 2018. His six runs allowed in that game remain a career high, but only four of them were earned. He pitched five innings and yielded eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

The St. Louis offense likely will get a player off the injured list in time for Tuesday's game: third baseman Jedd Gyorko, who has not played since June 7 due to a strained lower back.

In addition, Cardinals prospect Rangel Ravelo, who was promoted from Triple-A Memphis on Monday and plays first base, third base and outfield, may get a start on Tuesday. He was used as a pinch hitter on Monday and grounded out in the seventh inning in his major league debut.

Ravelo, a 27-year-old Cuban native who has played 838 minor league games, signed with the Cardinals in April 2017. In 63 Triple-A games this year, he was hitting .333 with nine homers.

"He had a great spring," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "It's time for him to get his opportunity up here."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 18, 2019

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