The crisp white uniforms from 1997 are back, only for a limited time.
The Miami Marlins for the weekend series hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks will wear the same uniforms worn by the 1997 World Series champion team.
Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson made a diving catch to rob Nick Ahmed of a base hit to end the top of the six. Immediately at the bottom of the six Anderson led off the Marlins with a double.
24-year-old rookie Harold Ramirez hit a game-winning sacrifice fly off reliever Yoshihisa Hirano to cap off a two-run rally and lift the Marlins over the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Friday night. The hit to center was deep enough to score Neil Walker.
For the first time in club history, Miami had a win with all three runs scored on sacrifice flies.
It had to be the crisp white uniforms.
“That was a good win,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “That was a good game.”
Miami right-hander Sandy Alcantara started on the bump for the Marlins. For the Diamondbacks, their ace Zack Greinke who has lots of experience against the Marlins – all good –was on the mound.
Entering the game, Alcantara lost three consecutive decisions and struggled in two starts since the All-Star break, allowing a combined ten runs in 11 innings in losses to the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 23-year-old has never faced the Diamondbacks.
Greinke entered 7-0 with a 3.19 ERA in 12 career appearances (11 starts) against the Marlins. He was 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in two starts vs. Miami last season.
Alcantara in the crisp throwback uniforms was able to win his first matchup against the Diamondbacks.
Alcantara pitched six innings and allowed two runs, five hits, struck out four and walked three.
Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson made a diving catch to rob Ahmed of a base hit to end the top of the six. Anderson led off the Marlins half of the inning with a double.
“That’s baseball and with things that happen right away,” Anderson said. “You make a good play on defense and come right away and get a hit. I don’t know if it’s confidence, but I was trying to get the team going. Try to keep the score as low as possible for our guys.”
The beat goes on.
Arizona’s Rookie LHP Alex Young (3-0, 2.38) will start the middle game of the series for the Diamondbacks. In three previous road outings, Young has won two decisions and limited opponents to a .140 average.
Miami’s RHP Jordan Yamamoto (4-1, 2.61) will start Saturday. After winning his first four major league decisions, Yamamoto yielded a career-high five runs in a four-inning outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers July 21.