The Marlins are still in first place regardless of what happens in any of the other games and they remain in first despite a 3-2 loss to the Pirates tonight. Ricky Nolasco had just one bad inning but it was enough after the Marlins failed to get their bats going. The three run sixth inning was all it took for Nolasco to fall to 1-2 and he gave up five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Jorge Cantu had a monster game. He went three for four with a homerun and two RBIs. Hanley Ramirez went two for five and he scored a run.
So the Marlins settle for a split in their two game series with the Pirates. Next up is a pair of games against the currently second place Braves. A sweep here would go a long way towards padding their lead in the division. And yes, I can’t believe I’m talking about the Marlins padding a division lead.
The Marlins and Braves records look backward as the Marlins topped the Braves 6-5. That pushed Florida to a 9-5 record while the Braves sit a rather pedestrian 5-9. The big hit of the game was a seventh inning two run homer by Luis Gonzalez and while the runs were insurance at the time, they proved to be the pivotal ones.
Mike Jacobs had just one hit but it was his sixth long ball of the season. Hanley Ramirez singled twice and he drove in a pair.
Mark Hendrickson improved to 3-1 with a solid start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Lindstrom gave up a pair in his relief appearance but Kevin Gregg pitched a shutout ninth with two strikeouts and he picked up his third save of the season.
Ricky Nolasco gets the start tomorrow as the Marlins go for win number ten. John Smoltz gets the start for the Braves.
We’re two weeks into the season and the Marlins still sit in first place in the NL East. Not too bad for a team that was predicted to stick in the cellar all year. I know there’s still a lot of games to be played, but it’s cool seeing the Marlins back on top. In fact they’re the only team in the division to have a winning record as the Phillies and Mets sit a game and a half back each.
Burke Badenhop lost his major league start this afternoon. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings of work. Matt Lindstrom gave up his first earned run in six relief appearances to round out the damage against.
Josh Willingham belted his third homer of the season and that was it in the 5-1 loss. Cody Ross had a nice game with two singles and a double in four at bats.
Losing two of three to a last place team isn’t all that encouraging but the struggling Braves roll into town. Scott Olsen gets the start against Jair Jurrjens. Olsen hasn’t given up many hits (.220 batting average against) but his 7/6 strikeout to walk ratio needs some work. Still, I like our chances against a rookie pitcher.
When the score is 10-4, there’s usually several hitting stars. Mike Jacobs was a notch above the rest though and he homered twice and drove in four runs. The two long balls brings his season total up to four. Jorge Cantu also homered in the contest.
Scott Olsen didn’t have a spectacular start but it was good enough for the win. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Burke Badenhop made his major league debut and he threw a shutout ninth inning.
The Marlins go for the sweep tomorrow. Mark Hendrickson gets the start and the Nationals have Odalis Perez throwing.
Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Robert Andino all hit their second homerun of the season as the Marlins took care of the Nationals 10-7. It was the Marlins third win in the past four games and Ramirez had a particularly good game as he continues his hot start to the season. He went three for five with a double, the homerun, three RBIs and two runs.
Andrew Miller was roughed up again and while he didn’t take the loss, he didn’t get the win. He gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Renyel Pinto picked up the win with 2 2/3 shutout innings and Kevin Gregg picked up the save with a shutout ninth.
Scott Olsen gets the start tonight. I know it’s early, but another win would guarantee that the Marlins keep their one game lead in the NL East.
The Marlins are back at .500 and it was their pitching that did them in. Rick VandenHurk gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings while Taylor Tankersley gave up four runs in just one inning of work.
Jorge Cantu and Paul Hoover were the only Marlins with two hits. The Marlins drew just a single walk and they struck out twelve times in the 9-2 loss.
Next up for the Marlins are the Nationals. Andrew Miller gets the start and he’ll try to bounce back from a horrible start earlier this week.
Mike Jacobs belted a grand slam in the fifth inning and that was the difference in the Marlins 7-3 win over the Pirates. Hanley Ramirez continued to rake and he went one for three with an RBI and two runs while Jorge Cantu went two for four with a run.
Mark Hendrickson picked up his first win of the season with a solid outing. He gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Justin Miller pitched two shutout innings and he struck out two in the win.
The Marlins go for the sweep tomorrow. Rick VandenHurk gets the nod against Ian Snell.
It came down to the final at bat but Mike Jacobs belted a walk off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Marlins beat the Pirates 5-4. It capped off a three for five night in which Jacobs scored three times. Hanley Ramirez picked up three hits while Josh Willingham came through with a single, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Scott Olsen had a rough start and he gave up four runs in six innings but the pen did their job. Kevin Gregg finished it up with a shutout ninth inning and he improved to 1-0 on the season.
Mark Hendrickson gets the nod tomorrow. He was bombed in the Marlins opener against the Mets earlier this week.
This game was ugly and the end result is a series loss in the opener of the season. The Mets jumped all over Andrew Miller and he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings while Lee Gardner was destroyed for five more in just one inning of work. The only pitcher to throw at least one inning and not give up a run was Justin Miller, who held the Mets scoreless in the eighth inning.
Even worse, the Marlins were held to just six hits in the 13-0 shutout loss. All six hits were singles and the only batter to pick up more then one hit was Hanley Ramirez.
It’s sad but the Marlins already need a day off tomorrow. Friday they kick off their second home series of the season against the Pirates.
Robert Andino got just one chance at the plate today and he made good use of it in the tenth inning with a walk off, solo homerun to give the Marlins their first win of the season. This would have been a tough game to lose because the Marlins pasted Pedro Martinez for four runs in the first two innings only to see their lead disappear by the fifth inning. Dan Uggla also went yard and he finished with two RBIs while Alfredo Amezaga split time between centerfield and third base and he picked up two hits and a run in the 5-4 wint.
Rick VandenHurk didn’t last too long in this one and he gave up three of the four Mets runs in three innings of work. Kevin Gregg walked two batters in the ninth but he got out of the jam and Justin Miller pitched a perfect tenth inning to pick up his first win of the season.
Andrew Miller gets the start tomorrow in the rubber game. Marlins hitters will face Oliver Perez and it sure would be nice if the Marlins could limp out of the series with another win against a top notch team.
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