This Day in Marlins History: April 6
The Marlins are 9-13 in 22 contests on April 6 throughout their 27-season history.
Blaine Neal was born on this date 42 years ago. A fourth-round pick of the Marlins back in 1996, he eventually made it to the majors with the parent club in 2001. Over parts of three seasons pitching for Florida, he struck out 46 in 59 1/3 innings, with a 3-0 record, a 5.03 ERA, and a 1.78 WHIP.
Dodgers 4, Marlins 2
A day after starting their history with a 6-3 victory, the Florida Marlins were topped by the Dodgers with 42,689 in the house at Joe Robbie Stadium. It was the last time the Marlins were ever a .500 franchise.
Walt Weiss, Jeff Conine, and Scott Pose all collected multiple hits, including a double by Pose. Interesting side-note, Pose collected hits in Florida’s first six ever contests, going eight-for-26 with two doubles and three RBI, then never got another hit for the Marlins again. Demoted near the end of April, it would take Pose another four years before reemerging at the major league level with the New York Yankees in 1997.
Jack Armstrong (0-1, 5.68) was tabbed with the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, with four strikeouts. Bob McClure, Richie Lewis, Luis Aquino, and Trevor Hoffman went the rest of the way without allowing a run, although Aquino did walk three in 1 2/3 innings.
Dodgers 3, Marlins 2
Florida outhit the Marlins, eight-to-five, but dropped to 0-2 for their sophomore campaign with 44,393 in attendance at Dodger Stadium.
Ryan Bowen (0-1, 3.38) took the loss, pitching a complete game and walking two while striking out three. Tom Candiotti matched him, surrendering one fewer run and striking out four.
Bret Barberie led Miami’s offense with a single, a double, and a solo home run. Jeff Conine also connected on a solo shot in defeat.