Talk about breaking out of a slump!
The Marlins played the San Francisco Giants in the second game of a four game set and have made sure of something that won’t happen. The Marlins are not going to lose this series. The Marlins have taken the first two games in AT&T Park and its really because of the bat of one of our bright young players.
After being in a major slump for the past couple of weeks or so, Ozuna has broken out in these past couple of games. Last night he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI including the go-ahead single in the eighth to break the 3-3 tie. He also made a spectacular throw, as Andres Torres was trying to make a double into a triple, Ozuna launched a shot to third and caught Torres out. Overall it was a pretty good game for Ozuna.
Though he wasn’t the only player contributing for the Marlins tonight.
Logan Morrison had arguably the best game since coming off the DL on June 9. He hit his first Home Run since his injury and he later tripled in the sixth. That knee of Morrison is holding up pretty well and its very encouraging that our middle part of the lineup is starting to drive in so many runs. However the team had to wait before they could score all the runs they did.
Logan Morrison led off the second inning with a Home Run putting the first run on the board. The Giants quickly answered back and by the fifth they already had a 3-1 lead. The Marlins got a surprisingly inconsistent outing from Ricky Nolasco who usually pitches lights out in San Francisco, but he was still able to keep the Marlins in striking position. The Marlins though went through a hitting cold-spell while going up against former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum had his stuff going for the majority of the night until he reached the sixth inning when the Marlins were able to tie the game. After the sixth, Timmy was done and he wouldn’t factor into the decision. Ricky Nolasco also didn’t factor into the position as he went 5 2/3 inning pitched, but gave up nine hits and three runs.
For the second night in a row the Marlins got their victory in the eighth, but this time everybody was able to contribute. Like I said Marcell Ozuna go the go-ahead RBI to put the Marlins ahead, but after Ozuna, Greg Dobbs singled to score Stanton and then Hechavarria got lucky with a bad throw from shortstop Jose Arias to score Ozuna.
With the score 6-3, the Marlins turned to Steve Cishek in the ninth for the second straight night. While this was more of a struggle, since he gave up two singles, but he was able to get his 12th save in 14 chances after getting last year’s NL MVP Buster Posey out with a guy in scoring position.
The Marlins have been very consistent in the month of June and with this recent victory they have improved to 3-2 on this west road trip. They have been excelling recently in San Francisco as they have won the last eight games in San Francisco and hope to continue the success when they send out Jacob Turner against Barry Zito.
Until next time, Lets Go Fish!