Florida opened up a 3 game series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday with a 8-2 loss. The loss brings the Marlins record down to 27-20 but they still are out in front of the NL East now 1.5 games ahead of the Braves.
The offense really seemed to stagger their way through the game only collecting 5 hits, 2 of which were for extra bases. Dan Uggla had the best game by far for Florida going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. 1 of the RBI came from a homer Uggla hit in the 9th inning bringing his season total to 15 and his RBI count up to 34. His batting average also went up and it now stands at a strong .320. Nobody else really seemed to be as effective and the other 3 hits the team got were spread all over the order. Jorge Cantu went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Scott Olsen took the mound for the Marlins and had a very poor outing for his ball club. He only worked 3 1/3rd innings before being yanked. Before he was pulled he allowed 8 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, 3 walks and 2 homers. He was given the loss for the team bringing his record to 4-2 this season. The reliever that followed really did a good job of stopping the Giants rallies. They pitched a combined 5 2/3rd inning only allowing 2 hits and 1 run. Not bad for the bullpen but it was about 7 runs too late.
An overall poor game for both the offense and the starting pitcher. If we could have had the effective pitching that we got from the bullpen in the beginning of the game we might be talking about a victory. The teams will face again in game 2 on Saturday at 7pm.
The Florida Marlins lost the 1st game of interleague play against the Kansas City Royals on Friday 6-7, continuing the losing streak the Marlins have been stuck on. The loss is the 2nd game in a row in which Florida lost by the score of 6-7. The Marlins record is now at 23-18 and they are now tied for 1st place in the NL East with the Phillies.
The offense played well in this game but just couldn’t get enough runs in the late innings to steal the game from the Royals. Florida was actually down the entire game reaching a deficit of 4 runs in one point in the game. In innings 8 and 9 the Marlins put up back-to-back 2 run innings attempting to make a late comeback but such wasn’t the case as the Royals answered both times with a 2 run 8th and a 1 run 9th. The team totaled 7 hits, 5 of which went for extra bases. Dan Uggla gave a great effort for the Marlins going 3-for-3 including a solo-homer. He drove in 3 runners total and came across the plate once as well. His batting average now stands at .313 and his home run total sits at 13. Right Fielder Jeremy Hermida also hit a homer going 1-for-5 in the game with 2 RBI and a run scored. His batting average is now a solid .294 and his homer total is 5. Wes Helms had a good game of his own hitting 2-of-4 with 2 RBI.
Andrew Miller was given the start for the Marlins because his previously scheduled start that supposed to take place yesterday was rained out. He had an okay day for Florida going 5 innings deep allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned, 3 walks and 6 Ks. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to 3-3 and his ERA to 6.18. Justin Miller also made an appearance in this game and didn’t exactly present his best stuff. He only worked 1 inning but he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs, all earned and a homer to KC catcher Miguel Olivo. The final Royal run came off Renyel Pinto who only pitched 1/3rd inning but he gave up 1 hit, 1 run and 2 walks.
It seems that the solid play the Marlins were showcasing at the start of the season has been caught up with because they keep falling behind in games and then are attempting to comeback late. Not always an easy task even when the opponent is the Kansas City Royals. The Marlins will get another shot to end the losing streak on Saturday in game 2.
The Final game of the series against the Cincinnati Reds has been canceled due to rain and no makeup date has been set. This could be the best news the Marlins have heard in a while since it seems that the Reds have had Florida’s number as of late. The Fish have lost the last 3 games against the Reds and if they were to lose tonight it would have completed a 4 game sweep.
Hopefully by tomorrow morning we know a makeup date, but as of right now Andrew Millers start has been pushed till tomorrow against the KC Royals.
Florida lost their 3rd straight game at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds in another nail bitter. The game looked like it was going to be a blow-out shut-out but the Marlins strung together 6 runs in the top of the 9th tying the score and sending the game to extra innings where Florida ended up losing. The loss brings the Marlins record to 23-17 and despite the losses they are still atop the NL East.
The offense was pretty much nonexistent through 8 innings until the top of the 9th where the bats came alive. They collected 10 hits total including 4 extra base hits. CF Cody Ross had the most impressive game for Florida going 1-for-4 including a 3 run homer in the 9th. The homer is his 4th of the season and the 3 RBI bring his total to 10. Catcher Matt Treanor also had a good game for the Fish going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. He now has his batting average up to .279 and his RBI total at 9. The final RBI came off the bat of Luis Gonzalez who hit 1-of-5 including a double, 1 RBI and a run scored. His batting average is at a solid .276 and has brought his RBI to 11. I would be crazy if I didn’t mention Florida’s best player, Hanley Ramirez, who went 2-for-5 bringing his batting average to a impressive .327.
Ricky Nolasco took the mound for the Marlins and pitched what some might categorize as shaky. He pitched 4 2/3rds innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 4 Ks. His ERA is now at 5.18. Renyel Pinto was given the loss for the club after pitching just 1 2/3rds innings bringing his record to 1-2. Bronson Arroyo was given the start for the Reds and pitched a solid 7 innings and would have earned the win if not for the clutch 9th inning but the Marlins. Arroyo allowed just 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and 5 K’s. His ERA dropped to 6.08 but was stuck with a no decision. Jared Burton earned the win for the Reds pitching the 10th inning when the Reds got 1 run across to take the game and the series.
Hopefully we see the Marlins get back to their winning ways because the Phillies are hot on their tail. They have 1 more game left against the Reds then open up a 3 game series against the KC Royals. We’ll have to see if Florida has gotten their game back in this next set of games.
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