Miami Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. is hitting .304 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, six steals and a league-high four triples this season. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo
MIAMI, May 19 (UPI) -- Miami Marlins infielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. says he doesn't feel well, but he continues to shine at the plate. The infielder recorded his MLB-best fourth triple and homered in a recent extra innings loss to Washington.
Chisholm went 2 for 2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk in the 5-4 setback to the Nationals on Wednesday at loanDepot park in Miami. He is now hitting .304 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs and six steals in 2022.
"I'm still feeling pretty bad," Chisholm told reporters. "I had the shivers all day. I'm a little off. Earlier [Wednesday] was just resting all day before I got to the field. ... I just had to stay focused when it was time to get focused."
The Marlins and Nationals kept the score close throughout the night, as neither team could plate runners in scoring position. The teams combined to leave 45 runners on base, the highest total in any of MLB's Wednesday matchups.
The Nationals took a 1-0 lead when they scored on a wild pitch from Marlins starter Pablo Lopez in the top of the first.
Chisholm stepped to the plate for his first at-bat to leadoff the bottom of the inning. The Marlins' speedy infielder fell behind 0-2 but then worked back to an even count against Nationals starter Josiah Gray. He smashed the right-handed pitcher's fifth offering -- a curveball -- high off the right field wall.
Chisholm tore around first and second base and reached third while standing up. He came in to score a game-tying run when designated hitter Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the next at-bat.
The Nationals responded with RBI doubles from shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Cesar Hernandez in the top of the second.
The Marlins cut the deficit to one run on a sacrifice fly RBI by first baseman Garrett Cooper in the bottom of the third.
Chisholm returned to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. He led off the inning with a 412-foot solo homer to right centerfield to tie the score. The blast traveled 104 mph off his bat, according to Statcast.
The Nationals loaded the bases in the top of the eighth and scored a go-ahead run when Marlins pitcher Anthony Bender hit Nationals center fielder Lane Thomas with a pitch.
Marlins relief pitcher Daniel Castano retired the Nationals in order in the top of the ninth. Marlins center fielder Jesus Sanchez led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single. Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey struck out catcher Jacob Stallings and walked shortstop Miguel Rojas in the next two at-bats. He also walked Marlins infielder Erik Gonzalez to load the bases for Chisholm.
Chisholm hit the first pitch he saw to right field for a fly out. Sanchez waited for right fielder Juan Soto to catch the ball and tagged up on the play to tie the score. The run was initially disallowed, but umpires overturned the call and sent the game to extra innings.
Nationals pinch runner Dee Strange-Gordon started the 10th on second base. He moved to third after a leadoff sacrifice bunt from outfielder Victor Robles. Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz doubled in the next at-bat to plate Strange-Gordon for the go-ahead score.
Nationals relief pitcher Victor Arano retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game. He earned his first save of the season.
Sanchez went 2 for 4 in the loss. Hernandez went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Nationals. Ruiz went 3 for 3 in the victory.
The Marlins (17-20) host the Atlanta Braves (17-21) at 6:40 p.m. EDT Friday at loanDeport park. The Nationals (13-26) will face the Milwaukee Brewers (24-14) at 8:10 p.m. Friday at American Family Field in Milwaukee.