Yamamoto dazzles in debut as Marlins beat Cardinals 9-0

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins pitcher Jordan Yamamoto had just dropped down a successful suicide squeeze bunt and was on his way back to the dugout when he stopped at the plate to pick up his bat and return it to the rack, beating the batboy to the task.

What a rookie.

Yamamoto did it all Wednesday, earning an RBI and pitching seven innings to win his major league debut, and the Marlins broke a six-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0.

Garrett Cooper hit a grand slam and finished a double shy of the cycle. That was more than enough support for Yamamoto, acquired last year in the Christian Yelich trade.

The 23-year-old Hawaiian right-hander limited St. Louis to three hits and two walks.

''At first I was really nervous,'' Yamamoto said. ''I've been sweating all day. But once I got the first guy out, I kind of calmed down.''

Yamamoto topped out at only 93 mph but changed speeds and threw strikes.

''He's a fun guy to watch,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''I'm sure if he goes to a tryout, the scouts are looking at this guy and you're probably not signing him. But he can add and subtract. He'll throw his fastball at 86, and at 92. He just mixes and mixes. He's unpredictable.''

Two relievers completed a three-hitter.

Yamamoto was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to fill in for Jose Urena, who went on the 10-day injured list with a strained lower back. After he received word Tuesday of his promotion to the majors, his parents and sister scrambled to make it to the game from Hawaii.

''I called them and was like, `Hey, get on a flight,''' he said. ''They were like, `It's too expensive.' I said, `Mom, I don't care. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Get out here.'''

Yamamoto enjoyed an early cushion thanks to Cooper, who pulled a two-out inside fastball that was off the plate for a grand slam in the second inning against Miles Mikolas (4-7).

Cooper also tripled and scored in the first inning, and singled in the fifth. He struck out in the seventh and eighth.

''I'm not going to lie, I was looking for that double,'' he said with a chuckle. ''I swung a little too hard the last couple of times.''

Yamamoto's bunt in the sixth made it 6-0, and Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer in the eighth. The laugher was quite a change for the Marlins, who totaled 10 runs during their losing streak.

The Cardinals had several hard-hit outs against Yamamoto. Their best threat came with runners at the corners and none out in the fourth, when the rookie right-hander escaped with a foulout by Marcell Ozuna and a double play grounder by Yadier Molina.

But Yamamoto struck out five and was consistently ahead in the count. He needed only 95 pitches.

''Congratulations to Jordan,'' said Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, another Hawaiian. ''I'm really proud of him. He kept his composure all night.''

When Yamamoto notched his first strikeout, the stadium PA system played the theme from ''Hawaii Five-0.'' He wore jersey No. 50.

He was acquired in January 2018, and Yelich went on to win the National League Most Valuable Player award for the Milwaukee Brewers.

CHANGE IN FORTUNE

Mikolas gave up five runs in five innings and lost his fifth decision in a row. He went 18-4 last season.

''I'm not getting away with as many mistakes as I did last year,'' he said. ''I got a little lucky last year. I don't think I'm lucky at all this year.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Ryan Helsley (shoulder impingement) faced two batters in the sixth and then left the game. He'll go on the injured list, manager Mike Shildt said. ... Barring a setback, INF Jedd Gyorko (strained lower back) is expected to be activated Tuesday, when he's eligible to come off the 10-day injured list.

Marlins: Injury-plagued 3B Martin Prado (tight right hamstring) will go on the injured list, Mattingly said. Prado pulled up while running out a groundout in the third and left the game. ... Urena went on the IL retroactive to Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.08) is scheduled to start Thursday to begin a four-game series at the New York Mets. RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 1.80) is scheduled to make his second start of the season Friday as a replacement for the injured Adam Wainwright.

Marlins: Following a day off, RHP Trevor Richards (3-6, 3.31) is scheduled to start Friday to begin a three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Richards is 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA in his past four starts.

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  • W: J. Yamamoto (1-0)L: M. Mikolas (4-7)
  • HR: MIA - C. Granderson (7), G. Cooper (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B30000111.219.330.382.7110.5
P. DeJong SS40100001.269.362.475.8372.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100010.271.358.438.7960.5
M. Ozuna LF30000002.263.333.539.8720.0
Y. Molina C20000102.265.297.398.6951.0
K. Wong 2B30100011.239.332.376.7080.5
D. Fowler RF30000001.243.362.379.7400.0
H. Bader CF20000110.230.353.432.7850.5
M. Mikolas P10000011.087.087.087.174-0.5
a- T. Edman PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Helsley P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- Y. Munoz PH10000010.276.288.328.616-0.5
J. Brebbia P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Webb in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF-RF-LF42131101.184.276.362.63810.0
G. Cooper 1B52341020.296.384.491.87513.0
B. Anderson RF-3B40210011.246.327.379.7062.5
S. Castro 2B40100012.226.258.303.5610.5
H. Ramirez CF-RF40000015.314.345.410.755-0.5
M. Prado 3B21100000.239.264.303.5672.0
A. Dean LF20000002.211.219.366.5850.0
T. Guerrero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Rojas SS41200000.272.335.327.6624.0
B. Holaday C32100113.263.391.474.8653.5
J. Yamamoto P10010011.000.000.000.0000.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Riddle PH-CF11100000.182.237.345.5833.0
  • a-doubled for N. Anderson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, K. Wong
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (12), J. Riddle (3)
  • 3B - G. Cooper
  • HR - C. Granderson (7), G. Cooper (6)
  • SH - J. Yamamoto 2 (2)
  • RBI - C. Granderson 3 (17), G. Cooper 4 (20), B. Anderson (28), J. Yamamoto
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson 3 (7), G. Cooper 4 (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, H. Ramirez 2 (2), A. Dean 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mikolas-Molina-Goldschmidt)
  • E - K. Wong (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Rojas-Castro-Cooper; Cooper-Rojas; Rojas-Castro-Cooper)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 4-7)5.08551414.831.23-2.0
R. Helsley0.11110103.480.97-1.5
T. Webb1.21000103.911.042.5
J. Brebbia1.02331113.241.08-2.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 4-7)5.0
R. Helsley0.1
T. Webb1.2
J. Brebbia1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Yamamoto (W, 1-0)7.03002500.000.7128.5
N. Anderson1.00000104.231.233.5
T. Guerrero1.00001103.511.442.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Yamamoto (W, 1-0)7.0
N. Anderson1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 78-53, R. Helsley 13-7, T. Webb 24-17, J. Brebbia 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-3, T. Webb 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, R. Helsley 2, T. Webb 6, J. Brebbia 6
  • Balks - R. Helsley
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Yamamoto 95-61, N. Anderson 10-8, T. Guerrero 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Yamamoto 4-10, T. Guerrero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Yamamoto 24, N. Anderson 3, T. Guerrero 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B30000111.219.330.382.7110.5
P. DeJong SS40100001.269.362.475.8372.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100010.271.358.438.7960.5
M. Ozuna LF30000002.263.333.539.8720.0
Y. Molina C20000102.265.297.398.6951.0
K. Wong 2B30100011.239.332.376.7080.5
D. Fowler RF30000001.243.362.379.7400.0
H. Bader CF20000110.230.353.432.7850.5
M. Mikolas P10000011.087.087.087.174-0.5
a- T. Edman PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Helsley P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- Y. Munoz PH10000010.276.288.328.616-0.5
J. Brebbia P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
Total270300379-----
  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Webb in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF-RF-LF42131101.184.276.362.63810.0
G. Cooper 1B52341020.296.384.491.87513.0
B. Anderson RF-3B40210011.246.327.379.7062.5
S. Castro 2B40100012.226.258.303.5610.5
H. Ramirez CF-RF40000015.314.345.410.755-0.5
M. Prado 3B21100000.239.264.303.5672.0
A. Dean LF20000002.211.219.366.5850.0
T. Guerrero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Rojas SS41200000.272.335.327.6624.0
B. Holaday C32100113.263.391.474.8653.5
J. Yamamoto P10010011.000.000.000.0000.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Riddle PH-CF11100000.182.237.345.5833.0
Total34912922715-----
  • a-doubled for N. Anderson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, K. Wong
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (12), J. Riddle (3)
  • 3B - G. Cooper
  • HR - C. Granderson (7), G. Cooper (6)
  • SH - J. Yamamoto 2 (2)
  • RBI - C. Granderson 3 (17), G. Cooper 4 (20), B. Anderson (28), J. Yamamoto
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson 3 (7), G. Cooper 4 (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, H. Ramirez 2 (2), A. Dean 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mikolas-Molina-Goldschmidt)
  • E - K. Wong (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Rojas-Castro-Cooper; Cooper-Rojas; Rojas-Castro-Cooper)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 4-7)5.08551414.831.23-2.0
R. Helsley0.11110103.480.97-1.5
T. Webb1.21000103.911.042.5
J. Brebbia1.02331113.241.08-2.5
Total8.01299272---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 4-7)5.0
R. Helsley0.1
T. Webb1.2
J. Brebbia1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Yamamoto (W, 1-0)7.03002500.000.7128.5
N. Anderson1.00000104.231.233.5
T. Guerrero1.00001103.511.442.5
Total9.0300370---
PITCHERSIP
J. Yamamoto (W, 1-0)7.0
N. Anderson1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 78-53, R. Helsley 13-7, T. Webb 24-17, J. Brebbia 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-3, T. Webb 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, R. Helsley 2, T. Webb 6, J. Brebbia 6
  • Balks - R. Helsley
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Yamamoto 95-61, N. Anderson 10-8, T. Guerrero 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Yamamoto 4-10, T. Guerrero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Yamamoto 24, N. Anderson 3, T. Guerrero 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Granderson homered to right, Holaday and Riddle scored09
  • 6TH INNING
    Yamamoto hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Rojas scored06
  • 2ND INNING
    Cooper homered to left center, Prado, Holaday and Granderson scored05
  • 1ST INNING
    Anderson singled to center, Cooper scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Carpenter out at second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Nick Anderson relieved Jordan Yamamoto
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Fowler flied out to left
    • H. Bader: Ball, Bader popped out to second
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Tyler Webb
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • A. Dean: Strike swinging, Dean flied out to right
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Rojas flied out to deep center
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Holaday walked
    • JT Riddle hit for Nick Anderson
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle doubled to deep right, Holaday to third
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Granderson homered to right, Holaday and Riddle scored
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Yamamoto Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt popped out to second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ozuna fouled out to catcher
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Molina walked
    • K. Wong: Foul, Wong flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Webb Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson singled to right
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro popped out to second
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez popped out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Tommy Edman hit for Miles Mikolas
    • T. Edman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Edman struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Carpenter struck out on foul tip
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, DeJong fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Helsley pitching
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas doubled to deep left
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
    • J. Yamamoto: Ball, Rojas to third on balk, Foul, Ball
    • Yamamoto hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Rojas scored
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Yamamoto Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong singled to center
    • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded into double play shortstop to first, Wong out at second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cooper singled to right
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cooper to second on 2nd baseman Wong fielding error
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to left, Cooper to third, Anderson to second
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Cooper out at home, Anderson to third, Castro to second
    • A. Dean: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dean grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Austin Dean in left field
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, DeJong doubled to right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to right, DeJong to third
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ozuna fouled out to left
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Molina grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goldschmidt out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rojas grounded out to second
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Holaday singled to shallow left
    • J. Yamamoto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Yamamoto struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Foul, Ball, Granderson lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Yamamoto Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler flied out to deep center
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • M. Mikolas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • St. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
    • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Prado grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Yamamoto Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina lined out to center
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado singled to center
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rojas singled to right, Prado to second
    • B. Holaday: Holaday reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Prado to third, Rojas out at second
    • J. Yamamoto: Pickoff attempt to first, Yamamoto hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Holaday to second
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper homered to left center, Prado, Holaday and Granderson scored
    • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Yamamoto Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong grounded out to pitcher
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Granderson flied out to left
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cooper tripled to deep right
    • Br. Anderson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Anderson singled to center, Cooper scored
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Castro popped out to second
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)