Miami Marlins Beat New York Yankees 12-2


Marlins Flex Own Muscle, Pummel Bombers  12-2 

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What a difference a day makes.

One night after a close fought, one-run contest between the Miami Marlins and the New York Yankees, fans received a polar opposite performance Tuesday night at a sold out Marlins Park.

Miami lit up the Yanks in a 12-2 laugher, sparked by a franchise record first inning that saw eight runners come across the plate.

The offensive explosion was only a one way street however, as David Phelps turned in another masterful performance by a Marlins’ starting pitcher with a line of 7.0 IP, with 5 Ks and just two runs allowed. That’s seven consecutive quality starts by the rotation, with Phelps’ two runs tonight actually being the second highest line in that stretch.

Jose Urena will look to continue the trend tomorrow night as the series shifts to New York.

It was a great night for the Marlins’ All Star candidates as well. Dee Gordon (#VoteAirGordon) peppered off three hits and knocked in a run, while Adeiny Hechavarria went 2 for 4 with two RBIs of his own. Giancarlo Stanton (#VoteGSquad), who somehow actually fell out of the top three OF spots (#WeakSauceNoriAioki) in the NL coming into today, made a resounding case for a recount when he blasted a three-run shot to the second deck in right for his league leading 24th home run and 62nd RBI.

That’s both leagues by the way, and once again, that’s a guy with twenty-four home runs and sixty-two RBIs not starting. Time for Friends of the Fish to stuff the ballot box.

Of course in this one, the Marlins hardly needed to be carried by their stars. Every position player had a hit, and with the exception of Justin Bour, every position player actually had at least two hits in a 16-hit onslaught that even saw all but one regular (Christian Yelich) notch an RBI.  The pinch hitters of the night did not fare as well, recording zero hits, although the venerable Ichiro Suzuki did work his way on base with a walk.

The other in-house legend was curiously absent from the proceedings, as despite the blowout, the only New York Yankees position player not to make an appearance was Alex Rodriguez.  Surely he will be starting both games in NY, but it did ring odd that he didn’t even receive another 9th inning pinch hit appearance in this one.

Miami would close out the game and the series with two innings of fine bullpen work.  Steve Cishek tossed a solid eighth in a pressure free spot, and Sam Dyson fired off a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the victory.

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