15 May 2011
The Marlins pulled off two great wins in Washington on Friday and Saturday, but again failed to get the sweep on Sunday falling to the Nationals 8-4. The Marlins are now 1-4 in potential sweep games with the one sweep coming against the Pirates. The Marlins loss on Sunday can be placed squarely on Javier Vazquez who let up six runs in the first inning. Vazquez gave up six runs on seven hits, two walks, while striking out four in only four innings of work. Even though Javy only let up one walk and one hit after the first, but he still saw his ERA raise up to 7.55. The Marlins were still able to get four runs on eight hits, but that first inning was just to much to over come. Manager Edwin Rodriguez says that Javy is just not had get control of his pitches and is now really had his confidence shaken. The Marlins want to give Javy the best chance to get on track, and they are going to have to stick with him until Alex Sanabia and Sean West get healthy, but right now he is a huge detriment to the Marlins ever five days.
As bad as Sunday was, Friday and Saturday were good for the Marlins. On Saturday the Marlins saw Anibal Sanchez, who had struggled on the road this year, pitch eight innings of shut out baseball giving up only three hits and two walks while striking out nine. The Marlins needed that great performance as Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez pitched seven innings giving up one run, a Mike Stanton solo blast. And the day before the Marlins again won by a single run, winning 6-5 in the 11th inning. The Marlins ended up winning on a double by Greg Dobbs scoring Omar Infante, but most of the Marlins runs were scored thanks to the long ball. Gaby Sanchez, John Buck, Mike Stanton, and Logan Morrison all hit home runs on Friday. The Marlins also got a good performance from starter Chris Volstad who pitched six inning giving up four runs, eight hits, one walk, and seven strike outs in six innings, but most of the damage was done in a three run fourth inning by the Nationals.
Outside of Javier Vazquez most of the Marlins players played pretty well. Marlins saw Mike Stanton go 4 for 10 with two home runs and three RBI, and in his first games back from the DL Logan Morrison went 4 for 12 with a home run and he extended his consecutive game hit streak to 13. Of course the Marlins also saw Hanley Ramirez, coming off a great couple of games, go 2 for 12 with five strike outs against the Nationals. Credit also has to be given to Brett Hayes who when given opportunities has really come through in 2011. Hayes is hitting .400 in 2011 and Sunday went 1 for 3 with an RBI. John Baker is still on the 60-day DL, but he is getting better as evident by him moving up to Double-A Jacksonville from Single-A Jupiter. Baker is expected to rejoin the Marlins when he is fully healthy, but if Hayes keeps hitting this way he is going to make it really hard for the Marlins to replace him as the backup catcher.
With the Phillies also losing on Sunday the 23-16 Marlins remain only two games behind them in the standings, and are three games ahead of Atlanta in the loss collum heading into their games this week. The Marlins now head to New York to play the Mets for two games before coming home for another two game series versus the Cubs.
- Monday in New York at 7:10-- Josh Johnson vs. Mike Pelfry
- Tuesday in New York at 7:10-- Ricky Nolasco vs. Jonathan Niese
- Wednesday vs. Chicago at 7:10-- Chris Volstad vs. Ryan Dempster
- Thursday vs. Chicago at 7:10-- Anibal Snchez vs. Doug Davis
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