Apr 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a two run homer in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Marlins recap. Today we are going to do something different. Welcome to this season’s first The Good, The Bad, and The Great! I could find something Ugly about this game, but it was a victory so we are going to focus on The Good and The Great today. The quick recap— The Good: We beat the Cubs 6-4, The Bad: Steve Cishek gave up a home run in the 9th, and The Great is Giancarlo Stanton! For a more in-depth recap enjoy the rest of the article.
We won the game 6-4, avoiding the series sweep. After a rough 1st and 3rd inning Ricky Nolasco settled down and had a great outing going 7IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, and 2 K, earning his second win of the season. We also cannot forget a great shot by Nick Green in the 7th for his first home run of the season. All in all it was a good game.
In baseball when you bring in your closer you normally want a 1-2-3 performance; this is not quite what our closer did today. It wasn’t an Ugly performance, but it wasn’t good either. Steve Cishek against his first batter had 2 strikes and 1 ball when Dioner Navarro blasted the 4th pitch over the right field wall. However, Cishek did finish the inning 1-2-3 after that batter. So his performance is not typically what you want form your closer, but it did get the job done.
Two words: Giancarlo Stanton! This is the Stanton we all were hoping for at the beginning of the season. In his last game he hit his first home run of the season; today he doubled it with a shot in the 3rd with Chris Coghlan on second and a solo shot in the 8th. Today he also showed us more than just his power, he was patient at the plate drawing a walk and he singled in Juan Pierre to tie up the game in the 6th. He showed us his great base running ability by moving to 2nd when Alfonso Soriano threw home, and scored from second on Donovan Solano single to Alfonso Soriano. This game belonged to Giancarlo Stanton.
Hopefully this is the start of the season we all were expecting from Giancarlo and that the starting pitchers continue to perform at the surprising level they are. If it is then we have only just begun and watch out for those Marlins. Till next, let’s go Marlins!