But that’s not really what’s important here. We at Marlin Maniac are just that: Maniacs for the Miami Marlins. It’s not always easy, it’s not always fun, but we are passionate about our team and stick with them through the fire sales and the home run sculpture action and the Adeiny Hechavarria playing shortstop every day-s.
So, for tonight’s game recap we will give you a glimpse at the inner goings-on with our Marlin Maniac group during a Marlins game. Our chats typically consist of our opinions on the day’s relevant news topics involving the team, lots of groaning when the team does something or Jeff Mathis is put in the lineup, and plenty of lame one-liners (usually courtesy of yours truly).
Our good friend and MM editor Ehsan Kassim made a rather bold statement this afternoon prior to first pitch:
The Marlins scored all their runs in the first four innings, knocking Minor out of the game after recording just nine outs. Donovan Solano went 4-for-4 with a double and Giancarlo Stanton continued his All-Star season with a 2-for-4, 1 RBI performance.
One of Stanton’s hits was a screaming double down the left field line.
Minor’s final line was three-plus innings, ten hits, six earned runs, two walks and one strikeout.
The lefty faced a Marlins lineup which manager Mike Redmond stuffed with right-handed bats. Minor has largely been the weak link in Atlanta’s great pitching rotation; his ERA now stands at 5.32.
We never said we were nice people.
Turner, on the other hand, went five strong innings in which he allowed two earned runs and four hits while walking two and striking out four. He settled down after a 25-pitch first inning where the Braves plated their first run. Justin Upton‘s fourth inning homer was the only other blip on Turner’s radar.
Then, Mike Dunn tried his best to blow the game after surrendering three runs in the eighth inning to his former team.
Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save, with some help from his catcher Jeff Mathis, who gunned down Jordan Schafer trying to steal second base after he led the inning off with a single. When the leadoff man reached, panic began to set in for the Marlin Maniac faithful:
But the Marlins emerged the winners after Cishek shut the door. The Marlins have taken the first two games of this four-game set in Atlanta. Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Fish tomorrow night opposite Braves righty Ervin Santana. The win puts the Marlins at 47-52 on the year, still eight games behind these Braves who lead the National League East, and 6.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.
And we never got our Jacob Turner jerseys.