Alcantara took the loss during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves on Tuesday after surrendering five runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over six innings. The right-hander was sitting on a quality start with three runs allowed through six frames, but he returned for the seventh inning, gave up two infield singles and was removed. Both baserunners then came across to score as Atlanta put up six runs during the inning. Alcantara would need to pitch on short rest if he's to make another start or appear out of the bullpen during the five-game series, otherwise he lines up to pitch Game 1 of the NLCS if the Marlins can recover to beat the Braves.
Alcantara earned the win against the Cubs on Wednesday in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series. He allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four over 6.2 innings. The lone blemish was a solo homer off the bat of Ian Happ in the fifth inning. Alcantara spent time on the COVID-19 IL earlier this season and struggled in his first start back, but he has been better than ever since turning the page on that Aug. 30 outing with only nine earned runs allowed in his last 38 innings. Miami may have two futures aces atop the rotation in Alcantara and Sixto Sanchez.
Alcantara allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out nine batters in Friday's win over the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision. Alcantara saved his best performance this year for the most opportune time as his season-high nine strikeouts and 7.1 innings played a key part in the Marlins' playoff-clinching win Friday night. The only time the 25-year-old struggled was in the third inning, when a walk and back-to-back doubles resulted in two runs for the Yankees. Following the second double, Alcantara found a groove, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters, and he came back out for the eighth still clinging to a 3-2 lead. The right-hander faced two batters, allowing a leadoff single and striking out Clint Frazier before he was removed from the game after throwing 98 pitches. The Yankees would end up tying the game in the inning, resulting in a third run charged to Alcantara, but he looked good in his final regular-season appearance. Alcantara will finish the regular season with a 3.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 42 innings and should be the favorite to start Miami's first postseason game.
Alcantara (3-2) allowed one run on five hits and two walks over six innings in a win over the Nationals in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. He struck out six. Alcantara got the better of Max Scherzer in the low-scoring affair to get his record back over .500 for the season. Since his five-run blowup in his return from the COVID-19 IL, Alcantara has been excellent, posting a 2.25 ERA and 23:9 K:BB over his last four starts (24 innings). He will be put to the test next weekend in a road matchup against the Yankees to close out his regular season.
Alcantara (2-2) took the loss Tuesday against the Red Sox after giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks across six innings. The right-hander pitched well Tuesday but was saddled with the loss as the Marlins mustered only four hits. Alcantara has a 3.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 26:11 K:BB through 26.2 innings and lines up to pitch one of the games during Sunday's doubleheader versus the Nationals.
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