Fernandez and Bullpen Shutout Braves

Rejuvinated by the return of Alex Fernandez and Cliff Floyd, the Marlins shutout the Chicago Cubs 8-0. Fernandez pitched 4 strong innings before being pulled because of his pitch count. Edmondson came in and pitched 3-1/3 innings, striking out 3 and going 2-2 with two doubles and an RBI at the plate. Kotsay and Gonzalez both homered. Derrek Lee tripled. Jorge Fabergas drove in 3. Cliff Floyd debuted going 2-3 with a run scored.

Bullpen Loses Another Game

In another roller coaster game between the Marlins and the Braves, Florida’s bullpen lost the game in the ninth 5-3. Dennis Springer held the Marlins lead at 2-1 until an Andruw Jones home run made it 3-2. The Marlins tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a bases loaded walk. But in the ninth, Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Mantei allowed two Atlanta runs including a muffed sacrifice bunt attempt allowing Jones to steal home. Box Score.

Marlins Fight Back But Still Lose to Vraves

After falling behind 3-0 in the first, the Marlins came back to take the lead, only to lose to the Braves 8-7. Jesus Sanchez struggled again, but the Marlins still maintained the lead by scoring 6 runs on Greg Maddux. But the Braves came back and held a Marlins ninth inning rally. Alex Gonzalez, Mark Kotsay, and Kevin Orie each had 2 hits. Gonzalez had a double and Preston Wilson had his first career triple. Box Score.

Meadows Gem Beats Giants

Brian Meadows pitched another great game, improving his record to 3-0, in a 7-2 win over the San Fransisco Giants. This was the Marlins first win over the Giants since the 1997 Divisional Series. Meadows was backed up by Mark Kotsay who went 3-3 with 2 RBIs and Derrek Lee’s 4 RBIs, including his second home run of the season. The Marlins scored 2 in the first and 2 in the sixth before allowing a Giant run. The Giants had a mini-rally in the seventh and eighth as Meadows began to tire, but Vic Darensbourg and Brian Edmondson shut the door. Edmondson earned his first Major League save. Box Score.