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Thoughts on De La Cruz, Bleier, Burdick after Miami Marlins rally to beat Brewers

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

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MILWAUKEE — While the Edward Cabrera injury news was the headliner of the Miami Marlins’ 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, here are four other topics from the game worth discussing.

The clutch hit

Bryan De La Cruz was not happy with the way his ninth-inning at-bat ended on Friday. The outfielder was called out on strikes against Brewers closer Devin Williams, with the final pitch landing well outside the strike zone.

On Saturday? De La Cruz got his redemption.

With two runners on base and one out in the ninth and the Marlins trailing by a run, De La Cruz worked the count full before sending a change-up at the bottom of the strike zone through the left side for a go-ahead, two-run single.

“Yesterday, he was able to eat,” De La Cruz said. “I was able to eat tonight.”

 

It’s the latest big moment for De La Cruz since being recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville at the start of the month. In 21 games (19 starts), De La Cruz is hitting .367 (25 for 68) with eight doubles, five home runs, 19 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

“He’s gotten back to his approach and being who he needs to be,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said pregame.

Richard Bleier with the save

After Cabrera left the game with a right ankle injury after three innings, the Marlins needed the bullpen to pick up six innings of work.

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