Phillies 6, Marlins 5, 13 innings
Expos 7, Marlins 6
Ryan Dempster pitched a quality start and earned no decision against the Expos. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out seven in 7 1/3 innings. Braden Looper (0-1, 40.50) lost in walk-off fashion later in the game.
Preston Wilson hit a grand slam for the Marlins on the offensive side of the games, and Luis Castillo had a pair of base hits.
Phillies 8, Marlins 2
Carl Pavano (0-1, 7.50) lost his first start of the season, giving up five runs in six innings on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three. Ivan Rodriguez collected a pair of base hits and the only Marlins RBI for the game as Randy Wolf (1-0, 1.50) kept Florida’s bats quiet.
Blaine Neal and Michael Tejera were optioned to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes in the Pacific Coast League. Ruddy Lugo signed through free agency, and Gerald Williams, Steven Kent, and Tanyon Sturtze were released. Williams, a 12-season major league veteran outfielder at the time, had gone four-for-31 for the 2003 Marlins, and later caught on with the New York Mets.
The Marlins purchased the contracts of Brian Moehler and Lenny Harris from the Isotopes. Miami native Harris was in his third season with the Marlins, and the last year of his 18-season major league career. He hit .314/.385/.414 at the age of 40 for Florida, and later joined the coaching staff.
The Florida Marlins purchased the contract of Matt Herges from the minors. Herges pitched in 66 games for the Marlins that season, going 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA and 36 K’s in 71 innings. He posted a 1.718 WHIP. Florida was the sixth of an eventual eight major league teams to employ Herges through his 11-season major league career.
Marlins 9, Nationals 2
Dontrelle Willis (1-0, 1.50) limited Washington to two runs (one earned) in six innings of work, on seven hits and a walk. He struck out three. Hanley Ramirez had four hits, Miguel Cabrera had three, including a homer, and both Miguel Olivo and Alejandro De Aza collected two apiece. Dan Uggla also went deep in the Marlins blowout.