If you told a regular baseball fan that the Marlins were going to take 3 of 4 from the defending champs in their home stadium, no one would believe you. If you are a diehard Marlins fan the same thing he would say of course! Welcome to this edition of The Good, The Great, and The Ruggi! Let’s jump into the quick recap– The Good: the Marlins Won 7-2 taking the series 3-1; The Great: our Bullpen and Offense; and The Ruggi: Justin Ruggiano’s bat. Let’s jump into the game, shall we?
We beat the Giants 7-2 taking the series 3 games to 1. This win also gave us a 4-3 record on this road trip, and it was our first winning road trip of the season, improving our record in June to 11-9. This was a great game and fits into the month we are having so far.
After Nathan Eovaldi put up a good game with 7 strike outs and only giving up 2 runs in 6 in innings, our bull pen secured his first win of the season. Dan Jennings, Ryan Webb, Chad Qualls, and Kevin Slowey combined pitched 3 innings with 4 hits, 2 strike outs, and most importantly no runs! The closes the Giants got to scoring was in the 7th with runs on the corner and 1 out, but Ryan Webb on two pitches got an inning ending 1-6-3 double play!
You can’t have a win without scoring runs and that what the offense did. We scored 7 runs thanks to Marcell Ozuna, Logan Morrison, Greg Dobbs, and Justin Ruggiano. In the 4th Ozuna doubled in Morrison to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead, which was followed in the 6th by Morrison reaching first base by a fielding error that scored Ed Lucas. Finally, that 4 run 9th inning saw a Ozuna solo home run, a Greg Dobbs double that score Derek Dietrich, and Justin Ruggiano. Let’s talk about Ruggi for a sec.
Justin Ruggiano opened the game with a 2nd pitch Home Run! This gave the Marlins the lead that they never gave up. He was quiet the rest of the game until the 9th, when he smacked his 2nd home run of the day over the center field wall (his 11th of the year). Ruggi’s bat came alive and gives Redmond another option at the leadoff spot.
With this win it shows that the Fish have power and pitching that could lead us to a good season and a great future, so until next time… Let’s Go Fish!