TGIF Marlin Maniacs, Happy Weekend. And what a hope-filled one it is, as the Miami Marlins just shook off the Chicago Cubs best punch in a series opening victory Thursday night at Marlins Park. The North Siders hadn’t lost a Jon Lester pitched game in over a month, and the Fish didn’t even need to use Jose Fernandez (or A.J. Ramos for that matter) to pull off the feat. Good work, and it puts Miami back to five games over .500 on the season.
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For your Fish Flash, we send you into the weekend with the typical trio of stories to follow. From an approaching chance at a franchise milestone for one of the Marlins key pieces, to slow and steady progress for his roommate, to some Miami-Chicago heavy national analysis, we have you covered. Time to dive in.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has unearthed a nugget of Marlins history so obscure that even the two people most likely to know about it didn’t. But closer A.J. Ramos is in position to lock up the franchise mark for consecutive saves, a fact almost as surprising as the answer to holds the standing record. Give it a look.
Next up we turn to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, who sat down with Giancarlo Stanton following what could have been his best game since April. Stanton and Don Mattingly both chime in, taking you through last night’s big at bats and what needs to be done going forward.
Lastly, we go national with ESPN and David Schoenfield, who pulled off the rare feat of touching on Marlins related news in 40 percent of his “Five Things We Learned” piece on yesterday’s MLB action. We link you to this to focus on the Cubbies analysis that gives some solid insight into our weekend opponent, and then applaud the Marcell Ozuna shoutout as his stellar season starts to gain some recognition.