Austin Dean was mic’d up during batting practice Saturday and the rookie outfielder spent the session putting on a show and hamming it up with his teammates.
The Marlins might want to consider making it a permanent gimmick.
Dean, who was named the organization’s minor league Player of the Year, drove in three runs with a single and two-run homer as the Marlins knocked off the Cincinnati Reds, 5-1.
“Tonight was a fun game,” Dean said. “I think the fans had fun, and that’s what I’m going to try to bring everyday, just trying to keep everyone happy, smiling, and interact with them.”
Jose Urena continued his strong late-season pitching surge by holding the Reds scoreless over 5 2/3 innings before coming out in the sixth with an apparent leg injury. Urena has gone 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his six starts since drawing a league suspension for plunking the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. on Aug. 15.
Urena was cruising along Saturday until he finished his delivery awkwardly on a two-out pitch to Jose Peraza. After manager Don Mattingly and the training staff came out to check on Urena before allowing him to continue, the right-hander gave up a pair of quick singles, prompting Mattingly to lift the pitcher.
Urena was diagnosed with tightness in his upper right leg. But both he and Mattingly said he feels confident it won’t prevent him from making his final start of the season next week in New York.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani was strong early, striking out nine batters in the first four innings. But he muffed J.T. Realmuto’s bouncer with one out in the fourth, then committed a second error on a wild pickoff throw to second. Both mistakes cost him as the Marlins’ broke the scoreless deadlock on Lewis Brinson’s two-out single.
His hit was followed immediately by Dean’s RBI single.
The Marlins built a 5-0 cushion in the sixth on a one-out single by Brian Anderson and Dean’s fourth home run of the season.
“This is unreal,” Dean said of his first taste of the majors. “Words can’t even describe how much fun it is to be up here. It’s everybody’s dream. This has been my dream since I was a little kid. To finally be up here is unreal.”
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