July 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Justin Ruggiano (20) is doused with ice from teammate catcher Brett Hayes (not pictured) after Ruggiano hit the game winning RBI single in the 10th inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park. Marlins won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Stop the Presses! Marlins Win a Series!

 

 

 

Baseball was more pleasant in Miami by the conclusion of the weekend.  After dropping the series opener during a brutal 5-run sixth inning by the Padres, it looked like more of the same.  However, an outstanding debut by new Marlin Nathan Eovaldi brought a welcome victory to Marlins Park on Saturday. Pitching 5 1/3 innings, he struck out five and gave up only one earned run.  Home runs by Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano helped the Marlins break through the three-run barrier that had been in place for the last nine games.

Yesterday’s game was also a win, cementing the series with a 10-inning nail biter. Josh Johnson had an uncharacteristic six-walk outing, and Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to sixteen games. Two base hits each from Reyes, Ruggiano, and Emilio Bonifacio, combined with a clutch two-run triple from recent callback Donnie Murphy showed fans a good glimpse of what the Marlins’ offense is capable of.

After last night’s game, the Marlins hopped a short flight to Atlanta for a four-game series against the 57-44 Braves.  After this weekend, the marlins moved to 14 game out of first place and 2 ½ games ahead of the cellar-dwelling Phillies.

The Atlanta series starts a tough three-series road trip that includes stops in Washington, DC and Flushing, NY. They return home August 10th to face the Dodgers and Phillies.

 

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