Marlins Waste 4-4 Effort from Preston Wilson

The Marlins lose to the Cardinals 11-7 despite a 4-4 effort from Preston Wilson, whol also hit a home run and drove in 3. Dennis Springer, who is battling with A.J. Burnett for the Marlins’ fifth spot in the rotation allowed 6 runs in 2-2/3 innings.

Third Straight Win for the Marlins

Dave Berg’s solo home run in the top of the eight snapped a tie to give the Marlins a 5-4 win against Baltimore in Fort Lauderdale. This is the third consecutive win for the Marlins and the second against Baltimore.

Marlins Reassign 12 Players

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.

20 Runs needed to Halt Spring Slide

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.

Dunwoody Streak Goes On

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.

Hitters Wiff as Marlins Continue Spring Losses

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.

Marlins Continue to Lose in Spring Games

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.

Marlins Lose Spring Bout with Orioles

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.

Marlins Defeat Rays in First Spring Training Game

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.