Welcome to the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Marlins Recap. So here is the quick recap. The good: Jose Fernandez looked amazing in his first career game. The Bad: we lost 4-3. The ugly is the bullpen, leaving men on base, and leaving runners in scoring position. If that is enough of a recap for you go enjoy the rest of the site; if you want to read more about how well Jose Fernandez did then enjoy the rest of this article.
Apr 7, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Fernandez was amazing in his first ever career game in the majors. This 20 year old Cuban defector tried to leave Cuba 3 times and was shot at while being jailed in Cuba. He also saved his mother’s life as they were escaping from Cuba to America. His story is one of the true American dream. This game Jose went 5.0 IP 3 H 1 R 1 BB 8 SO. His 8 strike outs for his debut major league game is a new team record. Jose gives us Marlins fans great hope for the future. This unfortunately is where the good ends.
We lost it in the 9th 4-3. Plain and simple anytime we lose it’s bad. Let’s move on to the Ugly and see how we lost it in the 9th.
Let me begin with our inability to score runs. We left 12 base runners on base, and went 2-14 with runners in scoring positions. If you want to win you have to score runs and we just didn’t. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and left a runner in scoring position. Rob Brantly went 1-5 leaving two runners in scoring positions. Our bats came alive with 13 hits but not in the clutch. Now let’s move on to the bullpen. AJ Ramos gave up a Home Run to Daniel Murphy in the 6th to bring the score to 3-2; and it didn’t end there because Steve Cishek came into the 9th with a 1 run lead and he couldn’t close. He started the inning good by popping out Lucas Duda to Justin Ruggiano, but his good ended there. Here comes the ugly: he hit Ruben Tejada, then Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single moved Tejada to 3rd, allowing Kirk to move to 2nd, and finally Marlon Byrd hit a single to end the game scoring Tejada and Kirk. What an Ugly ending to the game.
So Jose didn’t get his first win, but he is only 20 and has great things coming his way in the future. The Marlins need to start hitting in the clutch if they want to win, and Giancarlo needs to get out of this slump quick. The Bull Pen also needs to be more shut out when they come in. The season is still young and when the Marlins start to gel they will become a force to be reckoned with.