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.
Florida could not capitalize on a good performance by pitcher Dennis Springer, losing to the Phillies 5-2.
Brian Meadows pitched 8-1/3 strong innings as the Marlins beat Philadelphia 7-4. Todd Dunwoody drove in 3 runs and Mark Kotsay had 3 hits for the Marlins. Tied at 2, the Marlins scored 5 runs in the 5th highlighted by a 2-run double for Alex Gonzalez, who then advanced to third on the throw. Box Score
The Marlins could not stop the Mets again, this time losing 6-0. Jesus Sanchez allowed 2 runs in 5 innings, but the lack of offense devistated the team. Box Score.
Livan Hernandez never had control of his pitches and the Mets lit him up from the begining, beating the Marlins 12-3. The only bright spot for the Marlins was a Preston Wilson 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. The bad news continued as Cliff Floyd will now be out of the line up for 2-4 weeks. Box Score.
Justin Speier, aquired along with Kevin Orie from the Cubs last season, was traded to the Braves for a player to be named later. Speier had an 0-3 record with an 8.38 ERA in 18 games last season.
Marlins hitters and pitchers dominated the Mets 6-2 in front of a sold out Pro Player Stadium. Alex Fernandez threw 95 pitches in 5 innings to earn his first win of the season. Luis Castillo, Derek Lee, and Kevin Orie had two hits, including a double, each. Preston Wilson drove in two runs. The Marlins have won 4 of their 7 opening games. Box Score.
The Marlins placed Ryan Jackson on waivers and he was picked up by Seattle. Dennis Springer was named the fifth starter as his contract was purchased by the major league club while A.J. Burnett was sent to AA Portland. Pitcher Brent Billingsley will join AAA Calgary. Pitcher Archie Corbin, catcher John Roskos, and infielder Kevin Millar were sent to the minor league camp. Mike Lowell joins Cliff Floyd on the 15-day disabled list. Tim Hyers and Guillermo Garcia made the roster.
After a strong performance by all of its potential bench players, the Marlins traded Pat Watkins to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later. It appeared as if the final bench spot was between Watkins and Bruce Aven. Both had a strong spring, so a trade was inevitable.
A strong pitching performance from the Atlanta Braves held the Marlins to a 3-2 loss. Mark Kotsay drive in the Marlins’ runs on a 2-run home run. A.J. Burnett allowed three runs in four innings, putting his chances to start with the Major League team in limbo.