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.
Cliff Floyd, who lead the Marlins in home runs, RBI, and set a club record in doubles will start the season on the disabled list due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Floyd recently signed a 4 year contract estimated at $19 million. Preston Wilson will finally get a chance to start everyday in left field.
Even though their game with Detroit was rained out, the Marlins continued to evaluate their roster by sending 4 more players down to the minors: Armando Almanza (P), Chris Clapinski (IF), Benji Gil (SS), and Rafael Medina (P). Medina was a starter last season before falling to various injuries, he was aquired in the Kevin Brown trade (after San Diego aquired him in the Hideki Irabu deal). The Marlins still have to cut 4 more players. Luis Castillo will not be one of them. Boles has decided to keep him and Craig Counsell along with Alex Gonzalez and Dave Berg.
After a much needed day off, the Marlins resumed Spring Training with a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros. This game was decided early when Todd Dunwoody hit a home run in the first, to give the Marlins the lead for good. Dunwoody ended the game with 2 hits, 3 RBIs, and a triple in addition to the homer. Starter Brian Meadows pitched 6 strong innings, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits.
The high scoring Marlins continued their ways by beating the Montreal Expos on a John Roskos grand slam in the bottom of the 9th. Derrek Lee hit his 3rd home run of the spring and drove in three runs. Starter Jesus Sanchez allowed 4 runs and 5 walks in 5 innings. Rafael Medina also struggled, blowing the Marlins 7-4 lead by allowing 4 runs in only 2/3 of an inning.
The Marlins trimmed down their roster by sending 8 players down to the minors. Leading the way is top prospect SS Pablo Ozuna. Ozuna proved this spring that he is all the experts are saying, but still needs a little more seasoning. During the season, the Marlins will try him out at 2B for Portland. Two starters from last year, Ryan Dempster and Joe Fontenot, Were send down to Calgary along with left-hander Michael Tejera and right-handed reliever Justin Speier, who was acquired with Kevin Orie from the Cubs last year in the Heredia trade. Rob Stanifer, Dario Perez, and Lionel Hastings (C), were assigned to minor-league camp. Perez was considered an underdog for the 5th spot in the rotation, and he struggled. Vetern knuckleballer Dennis Springer or Rookie phenom A.J. Burnett will be the 5th starter. The team must still make 12 more cuts.
A split squad of the Marlins countered another Mark McGuire home run with a seven run eigth inning, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4. Luis Castillo had 3 hits and Matt Mantei earned a save with 2 scoreless innings. The other split squad beat the New York Mets 6-3. Livan Hernandez outpiched Al Leiter in that game. Derrek Lee hit a home run and Jorge Fabergas drove in two runs.