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The Marlins won their second straight game on Wednesday afternoon when they defeated the New York Mets split squad 5-2. For the third straight game Miami had issues scoring runs, but another strong performance by the pitching staff saved the day. The effort on the mound was spearheaded by Marlins ace Jose Fernandez who threw 3.1 innings allowing 2 hits and no runs. Fernandez was dominant yet again, and already appears to be in mid-season form.
Kevin Slowey pitched well for the second straight time this spring as he went 2.2 innings without giving up a run. The Marlins led 2-1 for most of the game until Michael Brady allowed one run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game and send it into the 10th. The Marlins showed their resiliency by pushing across 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning courtesy of a pair of doubles by Mark Canha and Brent Keys.
The win pushes the Marlins record to 5-2 this spring. Miami has found various ways to win games, experiencing everything from walk-off heroics to low scoring pitching duels. All of these are providing the young Fish with a wealth of experience, something that they were sorely lacking last year.
Tomorrow the Marlins will take on the defending champion Boston Red Sox. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get a chance to say “hi” to his former teammates, and then hopefully do some damage to them at the plate. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start, and expect for him to go somewhere between 3 and 4 innings.