Stat Wrap 5/25: Miami Marlins Top Rays 4-3
Same score, different form of marine life on top.
The Miami Marlins stepped up to provide just enough offense to back Justin Nicolino‘s solid outing, rattling off thirteen hits to slay the ghost of Logan Morrison and beat the Rays 4-3 Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Seriously though, is LoMo back on Twitter, and did Jeffrey Loria insult his mother on the social media platform this past weekend? Against his former club, Morrison is batting 7 for 9 with 4 RBI, 3 runs, 1 HR, and 1 SB in the series so far. He stole one base in his last two seasons with Miami. At this point, I’m expecting him to pitch a couple innings of clutch late relief in tomorrow’s finale.
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Nicolino was more than capable in this one, pitching into the 6th and allowing only three runs while striking out six. But unlike with Tom Koehler in yesterday’s matinee, the team was ready to answer. Six Marlins starters had multi-hit nights, Marcell Ozuna extended his on base streak, and Miami’s bullpen contributed another solid showing.
Most importantly though, the Marlins won this one without Christian Yelich or Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. Throw in (PE)Dee Gordon, and three of the four best players on the club sat this victory out. Not bad, especially considering the fourth member of that quartet takes the mound this afternoon in the finale.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ichiro Watch: 0 for last 10 now. Utterly jinxed since I picked him in DFS. My bad.
- Ozuna Watch: On vase in 32 games and counting. Two-hit, two RBI night.
- Six starters had two-hit nights, in fact. Including fill-in Cole Gillespie.
- However, the Marlins were 3 for 14 with RISP; least Tampa was 1 for 6.
- On the plus side, A.J. Ramos earned his 15th save, third best tally in MLB.
- Tragically though, it’s also the third best tally in the NL East.
- Miami’s bullpen has gone 9 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
- Logan Morrison had a 3 for 4, 3 RBI night. He might be sending a message.
- Then again, he really only ever did that on Twitter. Loved him as a Fish- signed a baseball of mine even- but he should get the Harper treatment tomorrow. He must be stopped: 7 for 9 with 4 RBI in the series.