Miami Marlins drop ugly opener to Atlanta Braves
The Miami Marlins 2015 Opening Day was one to forget. In front of 36,969 fans — a virtual sellout at Marlins Park –the day started off on a strange and unfortunate foot, and the Marlins never recovered. It began pouring rain with the roof open during the second inning, before many fans’ butts were even in their seats. This led to a 16-minute rain delay, which Marlins President David Samson labeled “history,” and led to much hoopla on Twitter.
#ThatsSoMarlins was definitely an all-too relevant hashtag today, as the the new-look Fish fell flat on their faces…Literally.
In other Twitter-free news, Henderson Alvarez tossed seven innings of two-run ball, only to take a loss to the rebuilding Atlanta Braves. He was sharp for most of the game, and escaped trouble in his last inning of work, despite striking out just two batters.
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This was a game of doing all of the little things wrong for the Marlins; not hitting with runners in scoring position, mistakes on the basepaths, and fielding mishaps sank Miami’s chances. Julio Teheran was sharp all game, until he loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, only for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adeiny Hechavarria (what a mouthful!) to get him out of the jam.
The bats were pretty quiet in this one for the Fish, as the team scraped across eight hits, only scoring a single run. Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but he made defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons look foolish with a screaming ground ball into left for his first hit of the season.
In line with the the Marlins Back to the Future promotion, this team looked like the Marlins of old, but 2013 old rather than ’03. Hopefully, this doesn’t affect their confidence much as they look to bounce back and take the series from Atlanta.
But even in dark days like today, #LetsGoMarlins.
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