With two-game sweep over Athletics, Miami Marlins stay the course

Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

It was a short road trip for the Miami Marlins. With the Oakland A’s visiting for a two-game series, the Fish took care of business.

The Miami Marlins registered back-to-back comeback wins against the Oakland A’s. In both games, the Fish came roaring back from a deficit and posted lopsided run total.

After finishing off Oakland with a convincing 8-1 victory on Tuesday, they beat them again in a Wednesday matinee. With hits up and down the lineup, four different Marlins hitters registered a multi-hit game. Seven contributed with at least one RBI.

It wasn’t the strongest start from Edinson Volquez. He went only four innings and allowed four earned runs. But thanks to abundant run support, he didn’t factor into the decision.

The Marlins trailed 4-0 at one point during this game. They scored at least one run in six consecutive innings to take the lead for good. The bullpen stymied the A’s to a single run and the Marlins head into the off-day smiling.

The game also served as a reminder that Marcell Ozuna isn’t getting nearly the All-Star consideration he deserves. He isn’t in the top five for NL outfielder at this point. A crime. His .333 batting average received a bump today. He went 2-5 with 3 RBI’s and a home run.

It also marked the last game that Tyler Moore will get the start at first base. Powerful lefty slugger Justin Bour is expected to rejoin the club on Friday. Moore made the most of his opportunity, blasting a solo homer and scoring three times today.

Multi-hit games from Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich contributed to an offense that was humming along all afternoon.

Bullpen continues to shine

In the throws of the Miami Marlins month-of-May slump, there was growing frustration with the bullpen. They weren’t effective. If they were handed a lead, they blew. If they asked to hold a deficit, it grew. That hasn’t been the case lately.

The Marlins bullpen allowed only a single run against the Athletics. In eight innings of work, the Marlins pen surrendered five hits, and walked only two batters.

Moving forward, this will be one of the keys to success for the Marlins. If the bullpen can continue to slow their opponents it bodes well for the future, and provides hope for the present.

Next: Justin Bour expected back with team on Friday

The Miami Marlins will have the day off tomorrow. Then they’ll take the short trip to Atlanta for a three game series against the Braves. The Marlins need to win all three games. Taking the series isn’t enough at this point. Losing the series would be devastating.

They’ll draw the Nationals and the Cubs after that. It’s important to stockpile wins while you can.