After an underwhelming 3-11 start, the Marlins bats are finally heating up, winning their fourth game in a row.
The quality of the Miami Marlins’ starting pitching has improved greatly in the past four games, and finally getting deep into games.
The Marlins really had no shot at winning games during the first two weeks, thanks to the horrible output from the starting pitching. Tom Koehler bounced back nicely after getting shelled in New York last week, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing 0 earned runs and striking out 4. The strong showing was reassuring, but he well need to find consistency from start to start if the Fish want to stay in contention.
Giancarlo Stanton found his stroke today, going 3-3 with a massive #MonsterDong to left center in the 8th inning. A big day for the big man, he finally put it all together and avoided the strikeout.
Adeiny Hechavarria flashed some power as well, and topped it off with his now signature bat flip. With his second homer of the season, Hech has already doubled his 2014 total in just 18 games.
This has been a nice streak out of the flashy shortstop, but I recommend enjoying it while it lasts; it’s highly unlikely that he woke up 10 days ago and learned how to it major league pitching.
Fellow middle infielder Dee Gordon was caught stealing in the first inning, but made up for it with a great play to save a run in the 6th.
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A nice story from last year, Rule 5 pick Justin Bour earned his first start of the year at first base, and he didn’t disappoint. He went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and a walk; here’s to hoping he sticks around.
All in all, this was another nice win for the Fish, as they attempt to get their season back on track. Cross off another day that Mike Redmond still has a job.
See you tomorrow, and as always- Go Fish!