Thursday was difficult for Miami Marlins fans for a couple of reasons. On top of falling short in a matinee against the Cardinals, Justin Bour failed to make the All-Star game.
To be fair, a team that is nearly 10 games under .500 has no business with three players in the All-Star game. After squandering several prime opportunities against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Miami Marlins split a four-game series at two apiece.
Notably, the voting for the final player to make the All-Star team ended yesterday at 4pm ET. Miami’s own Justin Bour was one of the players eligible to receive votes. Fish fans failed to get him into the game, and the Marlins representatives remains at two.
The day wasn’t a total loss, though. Ichiro made history in St. Louis. And now the Marlins look ahead to a west coast trip against the Giants. Get your brain food! Get your Fish n’ grits!
Marlins come up short against the Cardinals
After surrendering 14 runs in the first game of the series, the Miami Marlins came roaring back with two consecutive wins. They appeared poised to take the series victory on Thursday afternoon, but couldn’t seal the deal.
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After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Tom Koehler couldn’t keep the Cardinals at bay. He surrendered a solo home run to Luke Voit in the bottom of the second inning.
A Voit double gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third. The Redbirds wouldn’t trail again.
Koehler’s line was respectable enough. He went five innings and allowed three earned runs. Of his 90 pitches, 60 were for strikes, good for seven strikeouts and three walks.
His record fell to 1-4 on the season as he struggles to regain his form at the Major League level.
The final score was 4-3; all of Miami’s runs were driven in by their All-Star outfielder, Marcell Ozuna. Giancarlo Stanton was given the day off. The Fish now sit with a 38-46 record with three games remaining in the first half of the season.
#VoteBour comes up short
It was a valiant effort by Miami Marlins fans, but getting Justin Bour into the All-Star game was always a long shot. While Twitter exploded with the #VoteBour tweet that served as a vote/endorsement of the Marlins first basemen, it wasn’t enough.
Justin Turner got the nod and will be appearing in the MLB All-Star game in a few days. To be fair, Turner is having an incredible year as a Dodger. He is hitting .384/.473/.571, and while his power numbers aren’t as impressive as Bour’s, he is deserving of the opportunity.
It isn’t as if the spot went to someone who is playing poorly and happens to play in a big market.
Bour will still be making an appearance in this year’s Home Run Derby, which will give him a chance to showcase his prodigious power. He’ll draw wunderkind Aaron Judge in the first round. We’ll all be looking forward to the fireworks.
Ichiro makes history
Now that he has surpassed the 3,000 mark, Ichiro continues to surpass some of the biggest names in the history of baseball. In yesterday’s game against the Cardinals, he passed another.
Rod Carew just moved down one spot on the All-Time hit list. Ichiro, who didn’t play his first season in MLB until he was 27 years old, passed Carew with a single in the eighth inning. Notably, he now has more hits than any other foreign born player and is 24th on the All-Time list.
Carew was born in Panama, the next 23 players on the list were all born in the U.S.
Next up: San Francisco Giants
The Miami Marlins have three games remaining before they get a much needed break. The first half of the season hasn’t gone as planned, and it’s unclear how long they’ll stay together. They’ll be playing for each other in San Francisco.
The Fish will send Dan Straily, and Jose Urena in the first and third games of the series, respectively. The team recently threw in the towel with free agent signing Jeff Locke, who was tabbed to start the second game.
The Fish battled hard in St. Louis, and managed to split a four-game series. They’ll be looking to take all three against the Giants starting on Friday night.
And even though #VoteBour came up short of getting the Miami Marlins big bopping first baseman into the All-Star game, he’ll still be competing in the home run derby. Top it off with a little history made by Ichiro, and it wasn’t a bad visit with the Redbirds.
Breakfast is over. Go to work!