Bahamian professional baseball player with the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB) Jasrado ‘Jazz’ Chisholm Jr. broke out of a 3-for-38 slump, including being hitless in his last 17 at-bats, with a huge performance on Tuesday night, drilling two monster shots over the outfield wall at loanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, to lead the Marlins to a convincing 12-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
Chisholm finished 2-for-5 with two home runs, six RBIs (runs batted in) and two runs scored on Tuesday, leading the Marlins to the emphatic win. The two teams played again last night, but the result was unavailable up to press time.
On Tuesday, Chisholm had a grand slam home run in the bottom of the second to give the Marlins a 5-0 lead and a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to give them a massive 12-0 lead.
With the performance, Chisholm had the second multi-home run game of his career, his first career grand slam home run and the first six-RBI game of his career. His previous single game high for RBIs prior to Tuesday’s performance was four, which he had in a 2-for-5 performance against the Colorado Rockies earlier this month.
For the season, Chisholm is batting .255 with 10 home runs, 37 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He missed some time for hamstring tightness last month and struggled initially in his return but now appears to be back in the swing of things. His performance on Tuesday was the 11th time this season he’s had multiple hits in a game, and as mentioned, it was his second career multi-home run game.
“We’re good. We just came out there and knew what we had to do, and that’s all I can say about that,” said Chisholm to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola after the game.
Chisholm remains among the team leaders in a number of offensive categories and is regarded as one of the top young second basemen in the league.
As a club, the Marlins have a 23-30 win/loss record – fourth in the National League East Division behind the front-running New York Mets (38-20), the World Series Champions Atlanta Braves (29-27) and the Philadelphia Phillies (26-29). The Nationals bring up the rear in that division with a 21-36 record.
On Tuesday, after grounding out in his first at-bat in the first inning, Chisholm lifted a 3-0 pitch from Nationals’ starter Joan Adon, with the bases loaded, over the wall in center field in the bottom of the second inning for a grand slam home run. Chisholm struck out on a foul tip in the bottom of the fourth, and then connected for his second home run of the day an inning later when he jumped on the first pitch he saw from Nationals’ reliever Andres Machado – an 88.1 miles per hour (mph) slider – and went to left field this time with a runner on base. Chisholm struck out swinging in the bottom of the seventh.
Bahamian is still having a breakout second season in the majors. He has an on-base percentage (OBP) of .310, a slugging percentage (SLG) of .541, and an on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of .851. Chisholm also has nine stolen bases, setting himself up nicely for a potential 30-30 season.
Defensively, Chisholm has 68 putouts and 91 assists in 162 total chances this season. He has helped turn 17 double plays and has a fielding percentage of .981. The Marlins’ leadoff hitter is still well on his way to his first career MLB All-Star selection. Fan balloting for the all-star game began Wednesday and Chisholm is expected to get a fair share of votes for second basemen in the National League. The MLB All-Star Game, also known as the ‘Midsummer Classic’, is set for July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
For the Marlins, after their series with the Nationals, they will go on the road for three games against the Houston Astros before traveling to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to face the Phillies.