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.
17 runs. How? 5 allowed by Dennis Springer, 5 off Rafael Medina, 6 off Archie Corbin, and only 1 off Looper. The Phillies feasted of the Marlins pitching. The Marlins did get 3 runs, including a Derrek Lee home run. But, not enough.
How do the Marlins react to a 4 game losing streak? They explode for 11 runs on 18 hits to beat the New York Mets 11-4. Brian Meadows earns his second win in as many starts. The Marlins’ previous win was in Meadows’ last outing. Luis Castillo went 3-3 with 3 walks. Preston Wilson hit his second home run of the year. Bruce Aven hit a two run shot. Mark Kotsay, now hitting .355, went 2-5 with 3 RBI. The Marlins never trailed, blowing the game open with 5 runs in the 6th and 7th innings. Alex Fernandez is on the Disabled List with an inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Kirt Ojala will pitch Fernandez’s next start. Archie Corbin was called up to fill the slot open in the bullpen.
Marlins lose again, this time 8-1 to the Mets in New York. Livan Hernandez again failed to control his pitches, alloowing 5 runs in 4-2/3 innings. On a bright note, Mark Kotsay doubled and Luis Castillo tripled. Both player have performed well so far this season.
Despite strong pitching from Alex Fernandez, Brian Edmondson, Vic Darensbourg, and Antonio Alfonseca, the Marlins offense failed to deliver in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. The Marlins had several chances to tie or win but could never deliver the needed hit.
The Marlins have signed former Braves outfielder Danny Bautista to a minor league contract.