Bruce Aven Hits the Marlins First Ever Pinch Hit Grand Slam

Bruce Aven hit the Marlins’ first ever pinch-hit grand slam, to lift the Marlins to a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers, ending an 8-game losing streak. Down 3-1, Todd Dunwoody doubled in Mark Kotsay. After the Dodgers intentionally walked, Bruce Aven pinch-hit and nailed a grand-slam, sending the capacity crowds at Dodger Stadium home. Matt Mantei finally got his first save of the season. Aven has already set Marlins records for RBIs and home runs by a pinch hitter.

Ryan Dempster Promoted

Ryan Dempster was brought up and Kirt Ojala was sent to Calgary. Ojala had struggled in the early part of the season and the Marlins prefer to give the experience to the 22 year old Dempster, not the 30 year old Ojala.

Alex Fernandez Back on the DL

The Florida Marlins announced on Sunday they have placed right-handed pitcher Alex Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right groin muscle. The Marlins have recalled the contract of right-handed pitcher Rafael Medina from AAA Calgary. The Marlins also lost their 6th straight game, this time to Milwaukee in the 13th inning in front of a record-low crowd.

4 Unearned Runs Lead to Loss vs. Houston

4 unearned runs in the second inning doomed the Marlins in a 6-4 loss to Houston. Finally getting strong offensive production, the Marlins were still downed. Kevin Orie’s error in the second kept the inning alive, allowing four runs to score. Dave Berg had four hits and Luis Castillo had three.

Marlis Lose Second-in-a-Row to Cubs

After a strong outing in the series opener. The Marlins have lose two in a row to the Chicago Cubs. Today, the Marlins lost 5-2. For the Marlins, Alex Gonzalez went 4-5, raising his average to .298, and Preston Wilson hit a 435 foot homerun to the upperdeck. For Wilson, it’s his team-leading 5th homerun.

Fernandez and Bullpen Shutout Braves

Rejuvinated by the return of Alex Fernandez and Cliff Floyd, the Marlins shutout the Chicago Cubs 8-0. Fernandez pitched 4 strong innings before being pulled because of his pitch count. Edmondson came in and pitched 3-1/3 innings, striking out 3 and going 2-2 with two doubles and an RBI at the plate. Kotsay and Gonzalez both homered. Derrek Lee tripled. Jorge Fabergas drove in 3. Cliff Floyd debuted going 2-3 with a run scored.

Alex Fernandez Activated

Alex Fernandez was activated of the Disabled List and will start today in the opener against the Cubs. Rafael Medina was sent back to AAA Calgary. Cliff Floyd was also activated and inserted into the starting lineup just hours before the first pitch. Tim Hyers was sent down.

Bullpen Loses Another Game

In another roller coaster game between the Marlins and the Braves, Florida’s bullpen lost the game in the ninth 5-3. Dennis Springer held the Marlins lead at 2-1 until an Andruw Jones home run made it 3-2. The Marlins tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a bases loaded walk. But in the ninth, Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Mantei allowed two Atlanta runs including a muffed sacrifice bunt attempt allowing Jones to steal home. Box Score.

Meadows Struggles in Loss to Braves

Brian Jordan hit a two-run home run in the first and the Marlins never recovered losing 5-1 to the Atlanta Braves. Brian Meadows lost his first game of the year allowing 4 runs in 5 innings. Box Score.

Marlins Fight Back But Still Lose to Vraves

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.

Could Jeff Conine be Mr. Marlin again?

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 Tosses Complete Game Win

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.