Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #32 Miami’s First Win
By Andy Salgado
Apr 7, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Marlins players celebrate at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Marlins defeated the Reds 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. You always hear it in interviews, the goal of any team is to win games. Win enough and you make the playoffs. Win 11 games in the playoffs (12 if you’re in the Wild Card spot) you win the World Series. Moment 32 brings us to the first win in Miami Marlins History.
The day was April 7, 2012 and the Marlins were in Cincinnati up against the Reds. After losing the first 2 games of the season, the Marlins were looking poised to bounce back this game. On the mound for them was the all-time winner for pitchers in Marlins history, Ricky Nolasco. He looked good his first 3 innings, only giving up 2 hits. In the fourth, Giancarlo Stanton helped Ricky with a double scoring Emilio Bonifacio, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last as Ricky gave up a two run homer to Joey Votto, and the score was now in the Reds’ favor 2-1. That lead would not last.
The Marlins went on a scoring spree as they put up 3 runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. From that point on they never looked back. For insurance they added 2 runs in the 7th from a Hanley Ramirez blast and another 2 run shot in the 8th by John Buck. Those home runs gave the Marlins an 8-2 lead. Ricky pitched a great 8 innings, only giving up one more run, a solo shot from Zack Cozart, in the 8th to make it 8-3. In the 9th Heath Bell came in and sat down the batters 1-2-3 to give the Miami Marlins their first win!
Since we talked about Miami’s first win today you know what tomorrow will bring! Join me and see what the Florida Marlins had to offer.