Marlins Beat Yanks 5-0 For Winning Season, Face Cubs
New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu celebrates at second base after hitting a two-run double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)
NEW YORK: The Miami Marlins ended a streak of 10 straight losing seasons, beating the New York Yankees 5-0 Sunday behind a home run and three RBIs from rookie Jazz Chisholm.
Miami (31-29) finished third in the NL East and earned the NL’s sixth seed and a matchup at the Chicago Cubs in the first round. This will be the Marlins’ first postseason appearance since beating the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. Miami lost an NL-worst 105 games last year.
Chisholm hit a two-run double in Miamis three-run second off rookie Clark Schmidt (0-1), who made his first big league start, and homered off Nick Nelson in the eighth. Brian Anderson homered against Jonathan Holder, and Corey Dickerson hit an RBI single for Miami. .
Daniel Castano (1-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings for his first career win. Schmidt allowed three runs and four hits in four innings.
The Marlins lost outfielder Starling Mart and right-hander Jos Urea to injuries in the first three innings. Marte left with a bruised left ear after being hit by Clarke Schmidts 94 mph fastball in the second. Urea, a candidate for Miamis bullpen in the postseason, was hit on the right hand by DJ LeMahieus liner in the third.
Streaky New York (33-27) finished seven games of Tampa Bay and hung on for the AL’s fifth seed when Toronto third-place Toronto (32-28) lost to Baltimore. The Yankees will play at Cleveland in the first round after a season in which they started 16-6, lost 15 of 20, won 10 in a row and lost six of their last eight.
LeMahieu had two hits to finish with a .364 batting average and became the first player to win undisputed batting titles in both the American and National Leagues. LeMahieu won the NL batting title with a .348 average for Colorado in 2016. His average was the highest for an AL batting champion since Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki hit 372 in 2004.
Ed Delahanty hit .410 for the Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL championship in 1899. He is credited by some researchers with the 1902 AL championship at .376, while others accept Nap Lajoie as winning that title at .378 despite lacking the plate appearances required in more modern times.
LeMahieu became the first Yankee to win the batting crown since Bernie Williams in 1998. He became just the fourth Yankees player to lead the majors in batting average after Lou Gehrig in 1934, Joe DiMaggio in 1939 and Mickey Mantle and 1956.
Luke Voit finished with 22 homers, joining Babe Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez as Yankees to lead the majors in home runs.
Yankees: LHP James Paxton (left forearm) threw on flat ground.
Marlins: Have not announced the order of their rotation. It is likely Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lpez and rookie Sixto Snchez will be the three starters.
Yankees: Gerrit Cole will start Game 1 followed Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ or rookie Deivi Garcia.
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