Marlins Blog by Steve Zemach
June 12, 2012 ► Red Sox 2, Marlins 1
MIAMI -- The Marlins lack of run support was on display yet again Tuesday night. Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings allowing two runs on five hits, only one hit through the first six innings. Miami’s only run came off a Logan Morrison home run in the seventh inning. The Marlins threatened in the eighth when Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez singled, but Giancarlo Stanton struck out to end the inning. “The way we were hitting, I think we have to take advantage of every opportunity we have and we didn’t do that,” Ozzie Guillen said.
June 11, 2012 ► Marlins 4, Red Sox 1
MIAMI -- The Marlins snapped their six game losing streak behind seven strong innings from Josh Johnson, JJ gave up one run on four hits with seven strike outs. Before the game President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest offered a suggestion to try and change the Marlins recent losing ways. “The call from Larry was all to do with, ‘Let’s try something new,” said President David Samson. “He said, ‘We can’t trade 25 guys, let’s open the roof.” It didn’t take long for the Marlins to get on the board, Jose Reyes led off the first with a triple, “We needed a spark,” said manager Ozzie Guillen. “We’ve been shut down the last week. The biggest thing wasn’t the triple, they bring it in, finally. Most of them we left him there.” Donovan Solano playing at second base for Omar Infante (day off), came up with a big two-out RBI single in the second that put the Marlins up 4-0. Heath Bell closed it out for Miami earning his 13th save of the season.
June 10, 2012 ► Rays 4, Marlins 2
MIAMI -- Anibal Sanchez was plagued again by awful run support, Sanchez pitched six innings, allowing four runs. “The team is really down with the situation the way it is right now,” Sanchez said. “We’re not scoring much, and we’re leaving too many on.” Gaby Sanchez recalled before the game after a three week demotion, doubled in the seventh to drive in the Marlins’ first run of the day. In the month of June, Miami has a record of 2-7 and have now dropped six games in a row. Tomorrow they welcome the Boston Red Sox to Marlins Park for the start of a three game interleague series.
•1B Gaby Sanchez recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.
•Donnie Murphy designated for assignment.
June 9, 2012 ► Rays 13, Marlins 4
MIAMI -- “We played terrible,” Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen said after the game, summing up Miami’s fifth straight loss, all of which have come at home. Carlos Zambrano allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings before leaving the game with back stiffness. “I came in today with some discomfort,” Zambrano said, “I had it stretched by the trainers, during the game it was aggravated to the point that I couldn’t pitch anymore.” The Marlins four runs came in the sixth inning when Stanton reached on an infield single scoring Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer, his second of the season.
•Before the game, the wives of Marlins and Rays players met in a charity softball game to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami and Tampa Bay Charter, Autism Speaks.
June 8, 2012 ► Rays 5, Marlins 1
MIAMI -- Before Friday’s game, Ozzie Guillen said the demotion of outfielder Bryan Peterson was a warning to all other Marlins hitters who are struggling at the plate. But it was more of the same for Miami, stranding 13 runners and only mustered up one run. The Marlins loaded the bases with none out in the third, scoring their only run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Greg Dobbs. Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs in six innings as the Marlins lost their fourth consecutive game.
•Giancarlo Stanton committed his sixth error of the season, the most among major league outfielders.
June 7, 2012 ► Braves 8, Marlins 2
MIAMI -- The Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins Thursday in Miami, being the first opponent to sweep a three-game set at Marlins Park. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 14th home run of the season and Jose Reyes hit his first in a Marlins uniform, but that wasn’t enough as they went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Martin Prado put the Braves ahead with a two-run homer in the sixth and Michael Bourn capped the series off with a three-run homer in the ninth. Mark Buehrle pitched six innings giving up two earned runs on three hits. "We're in a little slump right now," Buehrle said after the game. "That's what happens when you face good teams and good pitching."
•OF Austin Kearns (elbow, right hamstring) is expected to be activated this weekend.
June 6, 2012 ► Braves 2, Marlins 1
MIAMI -- Josh Johnson showed reminisce of his old self Wednesday night. Johnson pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up two runs, but was outdueled by Braves pitcher Randall Delgado. “I thought this kid threw the best of anyone we’ve seen so far,” Ozzie Guillen said. “I think the good thing out of this is I love the way Johnson threw the ball. That’s the first time I’ve seen him throw the ball like that in two, three months.” The Marlins only run of the night was driven in by Bryan Peterson on a single to left-field that scored Giancarlo Stanton. Mark Buehrle takes the mound for Miami tomorrow night, as they try and avoid a series sweep, Mike Minor takes the hill for the Braves.
•Jose Reyes 15 game hitting streak came to end.
•OF Austin Kearns was hit by a pitch (elbow) in Jupiter on Wednesday night and will be reevaluated.
June 5, 2012 ► Braves 11, Marlins 0
MIAMI -- Anibal Sanchez and the Marlins were handed their worst defeat of the season Tuesday in Miami. The Marlins managed only five hits against Tim Hudson, who pitched his 13th career complete game shutout. "A game like that, you just have to turn the page and be ready for tomorrow," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
•OF Austin Kearns (right hamstring) has begun his rehab assignment and is expected to come off the DL when he's eligible on Thursday.
June 4, 2012 ► Marlins selected LHP Andrew Heaney with 9th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. (video highlights below)
May 30, 2012 ► Marlins 5, Nationals 3
MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins capped off a historic month of May sweeping the division leading Washington Nationals to move within a 1/2 game of their novel rivals. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th home run (13th of the season) in the month of May, tying a Marlins club record. Josh Johnson got the win, giving up three runs in six innings, lowing his ERA to 3.31. Heath Bell earned his 10th save of the season striking out Rick Ankiel with the tying runs on base to end the game. Miami has a day off tomorrow and then start a three game series in Philadelphia.
May 29, 2012 ► Marlins 3, Nationals 1
MIAMI -- Anibal Sanchez pitched seven strong innings Tuesday night in Miami, and the Marlins won 3-1 over the Nationals. Tuesday night’s victory was number 20 in the month of May, a new Marlins franchise record. The Nationals struck first, in the fifth inning Corey Brown laid down a perfect suicide squeeze scoring Ian Desmond, but the Nationals would not strike again. Giancarlo Stanton continued his remarkable month of May with an RBI double in the sixth, Greg Dobbs had a sac fly in the seventh, and Hanley Ramirez added some insurance with a solo home run in the eighth. Reliever Steve Cischek escaped a one out bases loaded jam in the eighth inning, and Heath Bell closed it out for his ninth save of the season. The Marlins are now 1 1/2 games behind the Nationals for the division lead. Tomorrow night Josh Johnson takes the mound for the Marlins as they look for the sweep, Chien-Ming Wang takes the hill for the Nationals.
May 28, 2012 ► Marlins 5, Nationals 3
MIAMI -- The Marlins moved to within 2 1/2 games of first-place after Heath Bell closed out a perfect ninth inning on Memorial Day in Miami. Hanley Ramirez led off the sixth with a single, Giancarlo Stanton followed that up with a home run to left-field. Coghlan saved two runs from scoring in the seventh with a tremendous catch in left-field. After the game, manager Ozzie Guillen praised Jose Reyes. In the seventh, Reyes turned a single into a double when he dropped a looping fly ball into short center. Reyes then advanced after Infante grounded out to third, and scored on a sac fly by Hanley Ramirez. ”That's my game right there, a double, then getting to third base, that's the baseball I love." Guillen said.
•MLB suspended Juan Carlos Oviedo for 8 weeks (age and identity fraud), he is eligible to return July 22.
May 27, 2012 ► Giants 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI -- Melky Cabrera’s one-man show was on full display for the Marlins. On Sunday, Cabrera capped off his stellar weekend by going 4 for 4 with a home run, two stolen bases and scored all three Giants runs. For the series Cabrera went 9 for 18, adding to his league leading 73 hits. The Marlins had numerous scoring opportunities late in the game, but could not capitalize. Tomorrow the Marlins start a three game series with the division leading Washington Nationals. "Obviously, it’s a big series. They’re in first place. They’re playing well. So are we." Guillen said.
May 26, 2012 ► Marlins 5, Giants 3
MIAMI -- Mark Buehrle allowed two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work Saturday night in Miami. Logan Morrison had a two RBI game and Giancarlo Stanton and Donovan Solano added two hits each. Heath Bell’s struggles continued and manager Ozzie Guillen called on left-hander Randy Choate to get the final two outs for the Marlins. Choate earned his first save since 2009.
•Marlins acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Houston Astros for catcher Jobduan Morales. Ruggiano will report to Triple-A New Orleans.
May 25, 2012 ► Marlins 7, Giants 6
MIAMI -- The Marlins took the first of a four game home series with the Giants. Josh Johnson was not at his best, allowing three runs in five innings. In the fourth inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit another monster home run that almost smashed off of the Home Run Sculpture. Chris Coghlan hit his first home run of the season, a three-run bomb into the right-field seats to give the Marlins a 7-3 lead. Closer Heath Bell entered the game with a 7-4 lead, and his struggles continued, allowing two runs in the ninth inning before Steve Cishek was handed the ball and closed the game out for the Marlins.
•Juan Carlos Oviedo (Leo Nunez) has received a visa and is expected to be in Jupiter next week.
•Mike Dunn was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and Marlins recall lefty Daniel Jennings.
May 24, 2012 ► Giants 14, Marlins 7
MIAMI -- Usually reliable Anibal Sanchez gave up five of the Giants 14 runs, the most scored by a Marlins opponent this season. Most of the Marlins seven runs came late in the game and Ozzie Guillen summed up the Marlins performance after the game by saying “that’s the worst game we’ve played all year long”.
•Marlins expected to option Mike Dunn to Triple-A.
•Kevin Mattison called up, Austin Kearns (right hamstring) placed on the DL.
•Emilio Bonifacio will have surgery on his left thumb to repair a ligament and is expected to be out 4 to 6 weeks.
May 23, 2012 ► Rockies 8, Marlins 4
MIAMI -- Carlos Zambrano’s excellent month of May came to a halt Wednesday night when the Rockies struck Zambrano for seven runs in five innings. Troy Tulowitzki hammered the big blow with a three-run home run with two outs in the fifth to break a 4-4 tie.
May 22, 2012 ► Marlins 7, Rockies 6
MIAMI -- Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco became the all-time franchise leader topping Dontrelle Willis with 69 career wins Tuesday night. Nolasco gave up four earned runs in six innings of work. Giancarlo Stanton doubled home the tying run in the third and with two outs. Hanley Ramirez had three hits and drove in two runs. Heath Bell gave up a leadoff double in the ninth to Jordan Pacheco but escaped from any further trouble by retiring Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton for his seventh save in 11 chances.
•Austin Kearns left the game in the fourth inning with a tight right hamstring. His status is day to day.
•Omar Infante rejoined the team after flying to Venezuela for a family funeral, but was not in the lineup.
May 21, 2012 ► Marlins 7, Rockies 4
MIAMI -- The Marlins came back from a 4-0 deficient, Monday night in Miami. Mark Buehrle won his fourth game of the season and Heath Bell collected his sixth save. Buehrle took a line drive off his shin in a first inning where he gave up a two-run double to Michael Cuddyer and a two-run homerun to Troy Tulowitzki. But after the first, Buehrle would lock in, shutting down the Rockies retiring 21 of the next 23 batters he faced. Burhrle also got things going offensively when he doubled off the right-field wall in the third, Jose Reyes singled to center scoring Burhrle and getting the fish on the board. In the fourth inning with the Fish trailing 4-2, Giancarlo Stanton came up to the plate with the bases loaded and blasted his fourth career grand slam to give the Marlins a 6-4 lead. Heath Bell closed it out in the ninth improving the Marlins record to 23-19.