Todays’ game features the Miami Marlins’ Jacob Turner vs the New York Mets’ Shaun Marcum. The Mets are coming off a sweep of their crosstown rival, the Yankees while the Marlins are coming off a spanking of their life at the hands of their in-state rival, the Tampa Bay Rays. Oh yeah, by the way, the Marlins have also lost nine straight. There is not enough rum on this planet to help me through this torture. I blame Loria.
Anyway, the first three innings were pretty boring. This is a pitcher’s dual after all. I’ve had Shaun Marcum on my fantasy team for at least two of the past four seasons; I know how well he pitches. Jacob Turner is still a newbie, so Marlins fans have high expectations, but I prefer to make sure the goods are real before I pass judgement.
In the fifth inning, Marcell Ozuna extends his hitting streak to sixteen games, the longest currently active in the Majors and second longest streak by a Marlins rookie, so there is that. OH LOOK! Bases loaded, only one out, Jeff Mathis in true Marlins fashion, grounds into a double play to end the inning. Do you feel my bitterness? Because I’m laying it on pretty thick. The sixth inning I fell asleep; nothing happened anyway.
In the seventh inning former Georgia Tech star, Derek Dietrich, leads off with a double. Marcell Ozuna then plunks a blooper into shallow right field to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Chris Coghlan strikes out on three pitches. Then newbie Ed Lucas drops his first big league hit, an RBI single, to short right field to score Dietrich to make it 1-0 Fish. My daughter’s favorite player ever, Greg Dobbs, walks to load the bases. Jeff Mathis comes up to possibly make up for his epic failure the previous inning would sky one to center field sacrificing himself to the baseball gods and scoring Ozuna to make the score 2-0 Fish. Jordan Brown triples to center field scoring both Ed Lucas and Greg Dobbs to make the score 4-0 Fish. Juan Pierre grounds out to first to end the inning. Potential trade bait Mike Dunn comes on to pitch for the Fish in the top of the eighth inning and promptly gives up a double to Daniel Murphy to score one for the bad guys making the score 4-1 Fish. In the bottom of the eighth inning Marcell Ozuna stays hot and scorches a double down the third base line to score Deitrich making the score 5-1 Fish. Ed lucas grounds out to first to end the inning. Steve Cishek comes in to end the nine-game losing streak and snapping the Mets five-game winning streak. Cishek sells seashells by the seashore! Marlins win 5-1.
Till next time kids.