Up 2-0 in the ninth, the Vic Darensbourg blows the lead and the Marlins lose 3-2 to the Mets.
12 players were reassigned: Hector Almonte (P), Bobby Rodgers (P), Chris Norton (C), Ryan Robertson(C) and Fletcher Bates(OF), and DaRond Stovall (OF) were reassigned to the Minor League camp. Nelson Lara (P) and Julio Ramirez (CF) was assigned to Double A Portland. Nate Rolison (1B), Amaury Garcia (2B), Ramon Castro (C), and Jaime Jones (OF) were assigned to Triple A Calgary.
A Marlins splite squad exploded for 20 runs on 23 hits beating Houston 20-14. Ramon Castro hit two home runs. Craig Counsel a home run w RBI and 4 runs scored. Ryan Dempster, Joe Fontenot, and Armando Almanza allowed 14 runs. Almanza has now allowed 10 runs in 1 inning pitched this year. The other split squad lost to Kansas City 7-5 in 7 innings.
Marlins are held to one hit and lose 5-0 to Houston.
Todd Dunwoddy continued his hitting streak going 3-4 with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs scored in a 9-5 split squad victory over Montreal. In the other split squad game, Kansas City hit 5 homeruns, 3 off Minor Leaguer Bobby Rodgers to beat the Marlins 13-6. Once more, the Marlins’ minor leaguer pitchers failed to perform. Alex Gonazalez hit a home run in the ninth inning.
Another loss for the Grapefruit Leage Marlins. This time, 5-3 to the Dodgers. Major Leaguers Kotsay, Gonzalez, Floyd, Wilson and Counsel combined 0-11. Derrek Lee went 2-2 with a run. Dennis Springer pitched three shutout innings. His competitor for the 5th spot in the pitching rotation, Dario Perez, allowed three runs on seven hits in two innings.
In an early and concerning trend, the Marlins have lost their third game in a row, this time to Kansas City, 8-4. The Marlins have now allowed 22 runs in the past three games. John Roskos hit a home run and Joe Fontenot took the loss.
The Marlins lost their second in-a-row, 8-1, to the Baltimore Orioles in Fort Lauderdale. Major Leaguers such as Jesus Sanchez, Brian Edmondson, and Rob Stanifer all pitched well allowing 2 hits in 6 innings. It was minor leaguer Armando Almanza who allowed 5 runs without retiring a single batter. He walked the bases loaded and walked in 2 runs and allowed 2 hits. Offensivly, Todd Dunwoody continued his strong hitting going 3-4.
Livan Hernandez struggled in his first outing of the spring allowing 6 runs on six hits in 1-2/3 innings. Todd Dunwoody went 2-3 and scored a run.
In their first Major League spring training game, the Marlins have defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-1. Alex Fernandez pitched his first game since the 1997 NLCS and held the Devil Rays scoreless in his two innings. The Marlins starting lineup was composed of most of the projected starting lineup. Dennis Springer, competing for the 5th spot in the pitching rotation, earned the win by pitcing two scoreless innings. Matt Mantei struck out the side in the ninth innings. The young exciting prospects in the Marlins’ organization dominated the game. Alex Gonzalez, Preston Wilson, and Ramon Castro each had triples. Pablo Ozuna, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, was 1-1 with 2 RBIs.
The Marlins have defeated the University of Miami 12-3 in their first spring training game. Kevin Millar hit a 4-run home run in the 8th inning. Guillermo Garcia, a catcher aquired from the Reds this winter, had two doubles, four RBIs, and three runs scored. Dario Perez, fighting for the 5th spot in the rotation, threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. A.J. Burnett earned the victory with four strikeouts in two innings.
Mike Lowell’s prognosis is excellent according to the Florida Marlins. Lowell, 24, will receive a short course of radiation. He is expected to return sometime during the 1999 season, but it is a case-by-case situation, and there is no time frame for his return.
Difficult news coming out of Viera as the Marlins open Spring Training. Newly acquired Mike Lowell has undergone surgery for testicular cancer. The Marlins have yet to release an official statement. It is still unclear at what stage the cancer was, how Lowell is doing, and what impact this will have on this season.
The Florida Marlins announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with pitchers Armando Almanza and Joe Fontenot, infielder Nate Rolison and catcher Guillermo Garcia on one-year contracts for the 1999 season. Terms of the deals were undisclosed.
John Boles made it official by announcing that Alex Fernandez will start opening day. This indicates the return of Fernandez, who was injured in the 1997 playoffs.