Well, the Marlins pulled it off, and they did it against a team that started the week in first place. The Braves rolled into town and the Marlins won the two close ones and sandwiched between the two wins was a blowout loss.
On Monday, Dontrelle Willis didn’t have his best stuff but it was just good enough to win the game. He gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The win improved his record to 3-1. Miguel Oliva went yard and Dan Uggla continued his hot streak with homerun number four. Uggla and Oliva each drove in three runs and Hanley Ramirez finished with two hits and two runs.
Yesterday was the blowout. Rick Vanden Hurk was shelled for six runs in the first two innings and while the runs didn’t end up mattering, Randy Messenger gave up four runs in the ninth. Cody Ross hit homerun number three and he drove in five of the Marlins six runs in the 11-6 loss.
Then things were looking pretty grim today. The Marlins were down 3-0 heading into the ninth and then the Marlins rallied for four runs in the ninth to win it. The winning run came on a wild pitch of all things and he finished with two RBIs. Scott Olsen struck out ten in his eight innings of work but it was Henry Owens who picked up the win with a shutout ninth.
Next up is the streaking Phillies. A series win will mean a .500 record and that’s the goal for now. Anibal Sanchez gets the start in the opener on Friday.
The Marlins got a ton of offense in their series win over the Nationals this weekend. In total, they scored 26 runs in the three game series and the only disappointing thing was, the Marlins didn’t walk away with the sweep.
Friday’s game was tough. The Marlins came back from a 5-0 deficit to tie it only to lose in the fourteenth inning 6-5. Scott Olsen had a rough start and he gave up five runs on ten hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Then six relievers combined to throw eight shutout innings before Lee Gardner gave up the game winner in the top of the fourteenth. Aaron Boone homered and he finished three for seven with two RBIs. Joe Borchard and Cody Ross also went yard in the loss.
Fortunately the next two games weren’t even close and both were wins. Yesterday, Dan Uggla had the first of two big games in the series with two hits and three runs. Hanley Ramirez homered and drove in two runs while Jason Wood went yard with a solo shot in the 9-3 win. Anibal Sanchez improved to 2-0 and he gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
This afternoon, Dan Uggla really got it going. He homered twice and he finished with three hits, three runs and six RBIs. Hanley Ramirez scored three times in the 12-6 win. Wes Obermueller won his first start of the season and he gave up two runs on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts in six innings.
Next up for the Marlins is a three game series against the first place Braves. Dontrelle Willis will try to extend the Marlins winning streak to three tomorrow in the series opener.
The present day Mets rolling into town is never a good thing and the end result was a two game beatdown sweep that extended the Marlins losing streak to five games. Dontrelle Willis lost the opener and he did it in grand fashion, giving up eight runs on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. In the meantime, John Maine was no-hitting the Marlins. While that was broken up in the seventh, the end result was still a 9-2 loss. Joe Borchard drove in both runs with a two run homer.
Last night’s game was even worse as Rick Vanden Hurk was bombed for eight runs in four innings. The Marlins racked up just four hits in this one too. Miguel Oliva singled and drove in a run and the Marlins struck out 15 times in the game.
Just what the doctored ordered, the Marlins play three against the last place Nationals at home. A sweep would be nice, and it would put them right back at .500. Scott Olsen throws in the opener tonight and I like the pitching matchups in all three of these games.
The pitching was there for the Marlins in their two game series against the Astros. Unfortunately, the hitting wasn’t as the Marlins dropped both games and scored only four runs total. On Monday, Anibal Sanchez had a very nice start wasted. He gave up just one run on four hits and six walks with three strikeouts in five innings of work. The pen gave up three late runs and all the Marlins managed were three themselves the entire game. Cody Ross led the way with two hits and two runs in the 4-3 loss.
Last night’s game was even more pathetic. The lone run was a lead off homerun by Hanley Ramirez and the Marlins were shutout the rest of the way in the 6-1 loss. Jorge Julio was simply awful and I knew the trade for him wasn’t going to be worth it. He was bombed for six runs and even in a middle relief role he’s costing us games. He dropped to 0-2 on the season. So two games the pen cost us a ball game.
And it doesn’t get any easier as the Mets roll into town for two games. Hopefully Dontrelle Willis can stop the bleeding with a win tonight.
A three game series became a two game series when the Braves and Marlins had a game rained out on Saturday. It’s too bad because the Marlins had a nice game on Friday to build from. Dontrelle Willis got it done on the mound and the hitters rang up eleven runs in an 11-6 win. Cody Ross went two for four with two runs and two RBIs and five different Marlins drove in two runs. Willis improved to 3-0 and he gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Satursday’s game was postponed and then Scott Olsen got shelled in the yesterday’s series finale. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Alfredo Amezaga drove in two runs in the 8-4 loss.
The Marlins sit right in the middle of the NL East mix. They’re two games back of the Braves but they have a nice cushion between themselves and the fourt place Phillies. Next up is a short trip to Houston for a two game series. Anibal Sanchez will throw against Wandy Rodriguez in the opener.
Things got off to a good start on Monday when the Marlins took their series opener with the Brewers 5-3. Miguel Cabrera hit a three run homerun and Anibal Sanchez had a nice start in the win. Sanchez gave up just three runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings of work. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there.
Tuesday’s game ended up being suspended after ten innings with the game tied 2-2. It was finished yesterday and the Marlins ended up losing it in thirteen innings. Jorge Julio blew another save when he gave up the game tying run in the ninth and the Marlins rang up only two runs. Mike Jacobs singled home a run and Dan Uggla drove home Alejandro De Aza with a sac. fly.
The in the final last night, the Marlins managed only two more runs. Miguel Carbera and Joe Borchard each hit solo homeruns in the 5-2 loss and Sergio Mitre dropped to 0-2. He gave up four runs on ten hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
The good news is, the Marlins are still a game above .500 but the downer is, they’re already 2 1/2 games back of the Braves. The better news is that the Marlins can make some of those games up because they travel to Atlanta for a three game series with the Braves beginning Friday. It’ll be Dontrelle Willis versus former Marlins start Mark Redman in the series opener.
The Marlins got some solid hitting this weekend as they took two of three over the Phillies. Things didn’t get off to a good start though. Sergio Mitre gave up five runs (just one earned) on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six innings of work. Ricky Nolasco then gave up three in his relief appearance as the Marlins lost 8-2. Hanley Ramirez (more on him) hit a solo homerun and Miguel Oliva tripled home Mike Jacobs to account for the two Marlins runs.
The Marlins got the bats going on Saturday though. Josh Willingham had a big game with a homerun and four RBIs while Mike Jacobs doubled twice and scored twice in the 8-5 win. Dontrelle Willis improved to 2-0 and he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. Jorge Julio gave Marlins’ fans a scare when he gave up two in the ninth but fortunately they had a nice enough cushion to walk away with the win.
In the rubber game, Scott Olsen improved to 2-0 with five decent innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in the 6-4 win. Mike Jacobs hit a solo homerun and Miguel Cabrera went two for four with an RBI. The bad news coming out of this one is that Ramirez came out of the game with an injured hamstring. It looks like Ramirez will miss todays game. Josh Willingham missed Sunday because of a sore back. You just hate to see all of these minor injuries creeping up so early.
So the Marlins site tied with the Mets at 4-2 and a game back of the 5-1 Braves. The Brewers roll into town and the series opener will be tonight.
This game was kind of ugly. The Marlins scored six quick runs and took a nice lead but they didn’t put the Nationals down. Of course it came back to haunt them and three ninth inning runs off of Jorge Julio cost the Marlins a three game sweep.
Anibal Sanchez wasn’t all that great either. He did work 5 2/3 but he gave up four runs on ten hits with just one strikeouts. At the plate, Miguel Cabrera got it done again. He hit a solo homerun while Hanley Ramirez scored two more runs. Cody Ross drove in two while Mike Jacobs scored twice.
It doesn’t get any easier because the Phillies come to town. Sergio Mitre gets the start tomorrow.
It’s too bad the Marlins couldn’t play the Nationals all the time. For the second straight game, the Marlins racked up nine runs and leading the way was Miguel Cabrera. The third baseman had two hits, an RBI and three runs. Josh Willingham had three hits, two RBIs and a run while Mike Jacobs had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Even Scott Olsen got in on the action with two hits, a run and an RBI. The two games stats for the Marlins are like something out of a video game.
And speaking of Scott Olsen, he had a mixed outing. He picked up the win and only gave up two hits in 5 1/3 innings but he walked five. Regardless, he’s 1-0 which is the important thing.
The Marlins go for the sweep tomorrow with Anibal Sanchez on the mound. It’s not in the bag, but it looks like the Mets are going to win so we’ll probably be tied with them at the top. Yeah, it’s early, but it’s nice.
Miguel Cabrera had a huge opening day today in the Marlins 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals. He walked in the first inning, doubled in two in the second, hit a two run shot in the fourth and then walked again in the sixth. He later singled in the seventh and he didn’t make his last out until he grounded to short to make the final out of the game.
Hanley Ramirez also had a very nice game. He doubled twice, singled twice and scored four times. Dan Uggla homered and Alejandro De Aza scored twice in his major league debut.
Not to be outdone by the offense, Dontrelle Willis threw a very nice game. He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He only walked one, which was encouraging, and he struck out three. Three relievers then combined for three no hit innings as the Nationals were held in check.
Tomorrow, Scott Olsen takes mound and hopefully the Marlins can make it two in a row.
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