Morning Marlin Maniacs, and what a beautiful one it is. Locking up your first series win will do that, especially when you can do so when staff ace Jose Fernandez hasn’t even brought his best stuff to the ballpark. The team looks to sweep this afternoon, and doesn’t even have to face a pitcher that’s already being fitted for the Cy Young equivalent of a green jacket to do so.
There was some Marlins history made during last night’s game, and we’ve got some other nuggets as well, touching on topics from the health of a certain reliever to a nod towards the future of pitching. That’s what the Fish Flash has in store. Let’s dive in.
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Dee Gordon made history twice last night. In a personal low, he struck out four times. But much more important was his eighth-inning single, which set him up to steal second and eventually score on a pinch-hit sac fly by Martin Prado. Of course, by referring to it as just a single, we’re overlooking the epic journey it took to get there. The Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer doesn’t- check out his account of the historic tale.
A piece of the team that was lauded as a strength in the offseason is dealing with more and more question marks. Mike Dunn, already the lone primary cast member of the club that has seen DL time so far this year, apparently has hit a snag. Not good- not good at all. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro has the in-depth look.
Lastly, MLB.com’s Barry Bloom pens a piece that is half game recap, but also an interesting nod towards the fact that last night’s Fernandez- Noah Syndergaard matchup could end up being the start of something extremely special, both for their current teams, as well as the game itself. Take a look.