After a strong outing in the series opener. The Marlins have lose two in a row to the Chicago Cubs. Today, the Marlins lost 5-2. For the Marlins, Alex Gonzalez went 4-5, raising his average to .298, and Preston Wilson hit a 435 foot homerun to the upperdeck. For Wilson, it’s his team-leading 5th homerun.
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.
Alex Fernandez was activated of the Disabled List and will start today in the opener against the Cubs. Rafael Medina was sent back to AAA Calgary. Cliff Floyd was also activated and inserted into the starting lineup just hours before the first pitch. Tim Hyers was sent down.
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.
Brian Jordan hit a two-run home run in the first and the Marlins never recovered losing 5-1 to the Atlanta Braves. Brian Meadows lost his first game of the year allowing 4 runs in 5 innings. Box Score.
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.
Currently filling in gaps in the Orioles line-up, Conine has hinted he wants to go back home (he and the family still live in South Florida). Conine would then join the Marlins front office or coaching staff when he retires.
Livan Hernandez threw a complete game, striking-out 9, and hit his first career home run, drove in 4 runs, to destroy the Braves 9-1. Hernandez went 2-3 at the plate and held the Braves to one run on 9 hits. Mike Redmond raised his batting average by almost 100 points going 4-4. Dunwoody and Orie each had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Box Score.
One day after scoring 7 runs, the Marlins were shut out by the San Fransisco Giants 4-0.
The Marlins sold back catcher Guillermo Garcia to the Reds. Garcia had 4 at bats this season before being sent down to the minors.
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.
Despite scoring 3 runs to take a 4-3 lead, the Marlins bullpen blew the lead, losing 5-4 to the San Fransisco Giants. Jesus Sanchez struggled early, but recovered to pitch well. Preston Wilson hit is 4th home run of the season.
Kirt Ojala, making his first start this season in place of the injured Alex Fernandez, allowed 6 runs in 2/3 of an inning. The Marlins never recorvered. Preston Wilson hit his third home run of the season.
Eric Ludwick is back with the Marlins. Ludwick went to Detroit in the Rule V Draft and was then traded to Toronto. He was released by Toronto and offered to the Marlins.
Livan Hernandez finally pitched 7-1/3 strong innings, but the Marlins offense failed to deliver, as Philadephia wins 2-1. The winning run was scored off Antonio Alfonseca in the bottom of the ninth. Todd Dunwoody drove in Luis Castillo to tie the game in the eigth.