It’s quite possible that the Miami Marlins played their best game of 2018 on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, and center fielder Lewis Brinson was a big reason why.
Brinson, who was a late add to manager Don Mattingly‘s lineup, went 3-for-5 with two home runs, two runs batted in, and two runs scored, leading Miami to a 11-3 win, the team’s 22nd win of the season.
For Brinson, this multi-homer game was the second of his young career. He also homered twice against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 19th in his first game back in Milwaukee since the organization elected to trade him in the Christian Yelich deal.
Brinson’s second homer of the night was off of Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyroko, who came into pitch in an attempt to avoid having to use more pitchers in a lost game. Brinson’s homer off Gyroko traveled 412 feet and left his bat at 101 miles per hour.
For Brinson, this game was also an encouraging sign that things could be turning around for him at the plate. Statistically speaking, Brinson has been one of the worst hitters in baseball this season, but when he’s able to make contact, the ball explodes off his bat.
The 24-year-old Brinson is now batting .172/.218/.319 on the season with nine homers and 21 runs batted. He’s also been graded as one of the best defenders in baseball this season, with nine defensive runs saved.
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