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7/9 Simulated Game Recap

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The Miami Marlins won and also lost in a simulated game at Marlins Park on Thursday evening.

With modified rules and a relaxed atmosphere, this was the first opportunity since early March, for hitters and pitchers to get into some type of game action. The outfield was as empty as the stands at times, with infield only alignments in play early in the contest. Pinch runners would run the bases for the lineup, but not replace those players in the batting order. A scorecard would be useless and even the most meticulous fan could not possibly have kept up with things. But heck, it was a live baseball game and nobody was complaining about that.

Caleb Smith and Sandy Alcantara were given the starting assignments in this game, with building up arm strength as their only real goal. Stats are meaningless and both pitchers are simply working on their repertoires at this time. If you're reading this however, you likely want to see some stats. So without further ado, here is a brief look at both lines for the pitchers on Thursday.

Smith went 4.1 innings and allowed three runs along the way. All three of those runs were earned and came via home runs. More on those homers later, because it is promising news for Marlins fans. Smith fanned five and walked three while hurling 78 pitches on the day. Smith threw 46 strikes, to go along with 32 balls in the outing.

Alcantara lasted longer, as he threw for five full frames. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits while on the mound, and only one of those runs was earned. Alcantara threw 80 pitches in all, with 42 of them going for strikes. The Marlins have not named an Opening Day starter as of yet, but Alcantara is a favorite for the assignment.

So what about those home runs mentioned earlier? Glad you asked. Monte Harrison and Lewin Diaz both went deep for Miami in this game. Both of the homers came off Smith and the blasts were in the early innings of the game. Harrison has looked strong at Summer Camp thus far and appears headed towards an Opening Day roster spot. Diaz could see action at some point in 2020, but he is considered less likely to crack the 30-man Opening Day roster.

Thursday's game ended after seven innings with no actual winner or loser announced. With the uniqueness of Summer Camp and an ever evolving schedule, it is not currently known when the next simulated game will take place. That simulated contest could be as soon as Friday however.

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