Jazz Chisholm Jr. injures foot in Miami Marlins’ loss to Cincinnati Reds
Jazz Chisholm Jr. was trying to make a play, trying to end the eighth inning and keep the Miami Marlins level with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
What happened had the Marlins collectively holding their breath.
Chisholm collided with the wall in left-center field at loanDepot park on Henry Ramos’ go-ahead RBI double in the Marlins’ 6-5 loss to the Reds — Miami’s first one-run loss of the season after winning their first 12 games decided by one run — and remained down on the warning track for an extended period of time.
Chisholm ultimately left the game with a right foot contusion. He hobbled gingerly to the dugout with head athletic trainer Lee Meyer and manager Skip Schumaker by his side. He winced in pain as Meyer applied pressure near his right foot/ankle.
“I just went all out after the ball,” Chisholm said postgame. “I wish I could have at least come up with the ball and be hurt instead of not making the play, but I just went through it, went after the ball. After I realized I didn’t catch the ball, I tried to break down and by my first or second step, I was already into the gate, hit the gate, landed back and fell on my foot and my toes.”
X-rays came back negative and Chisholm said his foot is feeling better, but that play was one of the final blows of an eventful day for the Marlins (19-21).
Sandy Alcantara was charged with six earned runs over 7 2/3 innings. Three came on a Jake Fraley home run in the fifth. The other three came in that eighth inning. It started with Fraley tying the game on an RBI single, then Ramos’ RBI double on the play in which Chisholm was injured before Stuart Fairchild’s RBI single against Matt Barnes that scored Wil Meyers, who pinch-ran for Ramos, capped scoring in the frame for the Reds (18-21).
Alcantara’s ERA is now 4.91 through eight starts as his early struggles continue following his Cy Young Award winning season a year ago.
“You’re not going to be perfect,” Alcantara said. “That won’t happen, especially when you are human. I had a great season last year. ... Last year, I was doing my best. This year, they’re taking advantage.”
The Marlins scored their runs on a Yuli Gurriel RBI single in the fourth, home runs from Bryan De La Cruz in the sixth and Chisholm in the seventh, a Peyton Burdick RBI single in the seventh and Luis Arraez RBI double in the ninth.
And Burdick only entered the game because Jesus Sanchez left after the first inning with right hamstring soreness after making a diving grab to rob Tyler Stephenson of a hit. Sanchez had previously experienced hamstring discomfort in the ninth inning of the Marlins’ 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Sanchez will undergo an MRI for the hamstring.
Chisholm and Sanchez sustaining injuries came when both were performing well. Chisholm has hits in five of his past six games, including home runs in back to back outings. Sanchez entered Saturday hitting .390 (16 for 41) with seven doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI over his previous 13 games.
“Just a tough day injury wise,” Schumaker said. ”Hopefully nothing huge. We’ll find out more [Sunday].”