ST. LOUIS — All Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara ever wants is a chance to pitch nine innings. On Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, it didn’t look like he would get a chance to with his club trailing by a run.
Then Avisaíl García knocked the go-ahead two-out, two-run homer off Ryan Helsley in the ninth to send Alcantara to the mound.
Alcantara gave up a walk and a single with one out before manager Don Mattingly visited the mound. Whatever Alcantara said convinced his skipper to keep him out there. Alcantara proceeded to induce a game-ending double play in Miami’s 4-3 comeback victory over St. Louis.
It marked Alcantara’s second complete game of 2022. He did it on 117 pitches.
Alcantara, who continues to bolster his case to start the All-Star Game for the National League, has thrown 115 1/3 innings through 16 starts — the most since Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw in 2016. He has gone at least seven frames in 10 straight starts — the most since Rick Porcello in late 2016.