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June 3, 2008

Uggla Goes Deep Twice in Loss

by @ 8:00 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

Florida dropped the 2nd game of the scheduled 4 game series with a 5-4 late inning loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins are now stuck in a 3 game losing streak and are also down 2 game to 0 in their current series. They now look at a 31-26 record and sit in 2nd place in the NL East just 2.5 games behind the division leading Phillies.

The Marlins had the game in hand once again against the Braves but when the bottom of the 8th came Atlanta drove in 2 runs to take the 5-4 lead. Florida’s offense got most of it’s production from one man who goes by the name of Dan Uggla. In the game he went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Uggla went deep 2 times, once in the 2nd and again in the 4th. The 2 homers give him 18 for the season and his RBI count now stands at 41. The only other RBI came off the bat of Jorge Cantu who went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI. The RBI is his 29th and his batting average now sits at .267. Hanley Ramirez pitched in as well going 1-for-3 including a double with 1 run scored and a walk. He now has his batting average at .292 and his double total is at 9.

Burke Badenhop took the mound for the Marlins and worked a shaky 5 inning. In that time he allowed 3 hits, 3 runs, all earned, 5 walks and 1 homer. Matt Lindstrom was given the loss for the game though as he pitched just 1/3rd inning giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 walk. The loss gives him a record of 1-1 this season and because the Marlins had the lead when he pitched he will also receive his 1st blown save for the year.

Just another game where the Marlins couldn’t close the deal in the late innings. Hopefully they can get things together and take the final 2 games of the series and even it at 2 games a piece.

June 2, 2008

Late Rally Takes Win From Marlins

by @ 9:11 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

Florida opened up the 3 game series against the Atlanta Braves in a 7-5 9th inning loss. The loss is the 2nd in a row for the Marlins. They now look at a 31-25 record and sit in the number 2 spot in the NL East.

The game was tied until the bottom of the 10th inning when the Atlanta Braves collected 2 runs to take the 7-5 victory. Jeremy Hermida had a good game for the Marlins despite the loss going 2-for-4 including a triple, 2 RBI, a run scored and a walk. The 2 RBI give him 28 for the season and the triple was his 2nd of the year. Dan Uggla also had a nice game hitting 2 doubles and going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored. The doubles give him 21 for the season and his batting average now stnads at .297. Luis Gonzalez chipped in as well going 2-for-5 with 1 RBI. The RBI is his 22nd this season and his batting average is now .302.

Scott Olsen took the mound for the Marlins and pitched a solid 6 inning allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 4 K’s. He didn’t receive the win for his effort though because the Braves were leading when he left. Kevin Gregg came in to close out the game but had a little trouble and was given his 3rd blown save. The loss went to Logan Kensing who never made it through an out but gave up 1 hit, 2 runs, 1 walk which were the result of a home run. His record now stands at 3-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

Would have been a good win if the fish could have held on. They were down 4-3 when they entered the 9th inning and they put together 2 runs to take a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately the Braves didn’t give up and the got 1 run in the bottom of the 9th to tie it at 5, then got 2 runs to take the 7-5 win. Game 2 will take place on Tuesday with the Marlins looking to even the series.

May 24, 2008

Giants Attack Early, Get Game 1 Victory

by @ 9:52 am. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

May 16, 2008

Losing Streak Extends to 4

by @ 8:27 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

May 14, 2008

Marlins Drop 3rd Straight, 7-6

by @ 8:20 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

April 22, 2008

Marlins Three Game Winning Streak Ends After Loss to Pirates

by @ 6:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

April 16, 2008

Mike Jacobs Belts Sixth Homer As Marlins Edge Braves

by @ 6:25 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

April 13, 2008

Marlins Still In First Place After Second Straight Loss

by @ 5:02 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

April 9, 2008

Mike Jacobs Homers Twice, Marlins Blow Out Nationals

by @ 6:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

April 8, 2008

Hanley Ramirez Helps Power Marlins to Win Over Nationals

by @ 3:29 am. Filed under 2008 Marlins

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.

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