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March 31, 2008

Johan Santana Too Much For Marlins

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

The Marlins lost their home opener but there’s not a lot of shame in losing to the best pitcher in baseball.  Josh Willingham tagged Johan for a two run homer in the fourth inning but that’s all they could manage in the 7-2 loss.  Luis Gonzalez was the only regular who didn’t strike out in the contest.

Mark Hendrickson threw three shutout innings to start things up but then he gave up six runs in the fourth.  Ricky Nolasco threw three shutout innings of relief but there’s no dramatic comeback story here.

The Marlins don’t get a day off and it’ll be Rick VandenHurk going up against Pedro Martinez.  I’m not sure how good our chances are in this game either.

March 26, 2008

Jorge Cantu, Mike Jacobs Homer In Marlins Win

by @ 6:14 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

The Marlins came from behind to beat the Mets 7-5 today and the bulk of the offense came via the long ball.  Cantu’s homer was a three run shot while Jacobs went yard with one runner on base. 

Ricky Nolasco threw five solid frames.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.  Joe Nelson saved his fifth game of the spring with a shutout ninth inning.

Rick VandenHurk gets the start tomorrow.  It’s another afternoon game and Kyle Lohse will throw for the Cardinals.

March 25, 2008

Scott Olsen Shelled In Loss to Orioles

by @ 5:02 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

Scott Olsen took it on the chin this afternoon as the Marlins dropped their spring game to the Orioles 8-1.  He gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four frames.  Up until then he was having a solid spring and he should have one more tune up game before the real season starts.

Alejandro De Aza  was the hitting star.  He went two for four while Mike Jacobs doubled and drove in the lone Marlins run.

Cameron Maybin was sent down to Double A so De Aza and Cody Ross (another former Tiger) will split time in centerfield.  I expect Maybin to be back with the big league club by midseason though.  He tore up Double A last year in a short stint and I’d expect the same this year.

Ricky Nolasco gets the start tomorrow.  He Marlins play the Mets at St. Lucie.

March 22, 2008

Rained Out

by @ 5:51 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

The Marlins were rained out today but there was news out of camp.  Mark Hendrickson was named as the opening day starter so he’ll go against the Mets a week from Monday.  It’s going to be a tough year and while I like Hendrickson and all, we are talking about a guy with a 43-55 career record. 

March 21, 2008

Dan Uggla Drives In Four In Marlins Spring Win

by @ 5:45 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

Dan Uggla led the way for the Marlins today with a game high four RBIs.  He finished two for five and one of those hits was a two run homer.  Mike Jacobs went yard as well while Hanley Ramirez went two for two with a walk and an RBI.

Andrew Miller had one of his better starts of the spring.  He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.  Doug Waechter threw a shutout ninth inning while Burke Badenhop gave up a single run in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Mark Hendrickson gets the start tomorrow.  It looks like right now, it’s between Hendrickson and Miller for the Opening Day start.

March 20, 2008

Alfredo Amezaga Picks Up Three Hits In Marlins Tie With Cardinals

by @ 6:30 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

The Marlins and Cardinals player to a 2-2 tie today and it was Ricky Nolasco who got it done on the mound.  He gave up just a single run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings.  Scott Olsen was impressive as well with three shutout innings of relief.

Alfredo Amezaga was the hitting star.  He finished three for five with a run and an RBI.  No other Marlins reached base more then once.

Andrew Miller gets the start tomorrow against the Astros.  A lot of people think he’ll be the opening day starter but he has two more starts to make or break that decision.

March 16, 2008

Marlins Get Just Enough to Beat Dodgers

by @ 5:23 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

Dan Uggla belted a three run homer and Jorge Cantu blasted a solo shot as the Marlins held on to beat the Dodgers 7-6.  Uggla, Cantu and Hanley Ramirez all had a pair of hits while Cameron Maybin had a tough game with three strikeouts.

Andrew Miller gave up three runs in four innings but he still walked away with the win.  Doug Waechter was also touched up for three runs while Joe Nelson got the Marlins out of the ninth to pick up his fourth save.

The Marlins play the Twins tomorrow in a day game.  Chris Volstad gets the start.

March 13, 2008

Cameron Maybin Does It Again In Marlins Come From Behind Win

by @ 6:56 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

Cameron Maybin got a chance to hit after earlier coming in as a pinch runner and he made the best of it.  His two run, ninth inning homer was just enough to give the Marlins a 2-1 win earlier today.   It was only one of five hits by the Marlins in the spring pitcher’s duel.  Jorge Cantu had two of those hits and he was the guy who Maybin pinch ran for.

Mark Hendrickson looked sharp on the mound.  He gave up just a single run on three hits with six strikeouts in the win.  Doug Waechter threw three shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up the save.

Tomorrow, we go back to the day games with the Mets on deck.  Ricky Nolasco gets the start for the Fish.

Cameron Maybin Homers Twice In Marlins Spring Blowout Win

by @ 3:13 am. Filed under 2008 Marlins

The Marlins had their share of offense but it was Cameron Maybin who was notch above the rest.  He belted two homers and had a team high four RBIs in the Marlins 13-7 win.   Luis Gonzalez belted a three run shot while Hanley Ramirez had a monster game with three hits, a walk, two runs and two RBIs.

Gaby Hernandez had a tough start but the hitters picked him up.  He gave up six runs (three earned) in three innings.  Chris Volstad did a nice job though and he pitched four shutout innings of relief to get the Marlins back into the game.

Tonight’s game is at night so I’m hoping to at listen to it.  Mark Hendrickson will get the start against the Nationals. 

March 9, 2008

Pitching A Problem In Loss to Orioles

by @ 7:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

It’s tough when you use four pitchers in a game, and all four give up runs.  Ricky Nolasco showed some promise with three shutout innings to start the game but then he yielded three runs in the fourth before getting pulled.  Bob Keppel also had a tough time and he gave up two insurance runs to the Orioles in the ninth inning.

Jeremy Hermida was the Marlins offense in the 7-3 loss.  His three run homer, the first for him this spring, accounted for all of the Marlins runs.  Cody Ross was the only Fish to have a multi-hit game with two singles while Cameron Maybin singled and he scored on the homer.

Rick VandenHurk gets the start tomorrow.  It’s a day game against the Twins on the road with a 1:05 start time.  It’s nice to see the Marlins near the top of the heap in the Grapefruit League, it’s just too bad these games don’t count.

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