Brian Anderson’s walk-off spoils Suarez homecoming

Andrew Suarez played high school ball in Columbus High School in Miami and was a proud member of the beloved Hurricanes before starting his MLB career with the San Francisco Giants.

Suarez is no stranger to Marlins Park. In the Miami Marlins’ stadium opening exhibition in 2012 by pitching three innings as a freshman for UM. Suarez posted a 18-10 record with a 3.55 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 284 innings over 50 games from 2012-15.

Wednesday’s game between the Giants and Marlins was Suarez’ first big league start in his hometown.┬áIt wasn’t as welcoming as he expected. Suarez allowed only two runs on five hits in five innings but the Marlins came back three different times to eventually win 5-4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly ball from rookie right fielder Brian Anderson.

The Giants simply could not put the Marlins away this series. This is the second time the Marlins came back from three different deficits in order to win.

For the Giants, this was a game that bucked the trends both good and bad. The Giants entered the game averaging 3.51 runs per game on the road which was 28th in baseball but scored four runs against the Marlins.

A two-run home run by Andrew McCutchen in the first inning and RBI singles by Austin Jackson in the sixth and Evan Longoria in the seventh gave the Giants a one-run lead. Their bullpen had a 1.82 ERA during the month of June, which is the best in the National League.

Will Smith, ironically, came into the game in the eighth inning and Marlins first baseman Justin Bour said “Welcome to Miami” with an RBI double to tie the game 4-4. Hunter Strickland came in the bottom of the ninth after Reyes Moronta put two runners on base. After loading the bases,

For a team that is 33-35, the Giants are 14-24 on the road and have dropped to 2-4 in the middle of a 17-game stretch with no off day.

 

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A graduate of the University of Arizona (2008-2013), Tony Capobianco covered sports from preps to pros since 2011 from the Tucson Citizen to Miami Herald to most recently with the Enid News & Eagle. The "Cuban Cowboy" took a first pitch to the nuts and lived to laugh at the viral video. Follow him @TonyCapobianco

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