30 April 2012
After the great come from behind win on Saturday night, everyone was wondering if that could spark the Marlins offense and start to turn the season around. Two days later it is pretty safe to say the answer is no. The Marlins not only dropped the next two games against the Dimondbacks, they were hardly competitive in either game. In the two games the Marlins were trailing the Diamondbacks 8-0 and 7-0 respectively before the Marlins put any runs on the boards. Of course if that was not embarrassing enough, the Marlins two ace pitchers were out dueled by D-Backs pitchers making their second and first career starts respectively.
The previous seven games going into Sunday the Marlins had lost 6 of the 7 games, but the one thing they all had in common was that the Marlins had good starting pitching. In all 7 games the Marlins starter went at least 6 innings giving up only two runs, however on Sunday Josh Johnson gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings and on Monday Buehrle gave up seven runs (only four earned) in 5 innings. Meanwhile in his second career start Wade Miley gave up just one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings and was flirting with a perfect game into the fourth inning. Then on Monday in his first career start, Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Of course then to add insult to injury for the Marlins, Heath Bell came into the game on Monday after the Fish had fought their way back into the game at 7-5 and gave up two runs in the ninth. Bell now was a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP this year for the Marlins.
It is two bad because the Marlins have been better the last two games. After a stretch where the Marlins scored 6 runs in 6 games, the Marlins scored 9 runs in the previous two games. On Sunday finally ended his homer less streaking hitting his first of the season in the ninth inning. Then on Monday, both Donnie Murphy and Austin Kearns hit their second home runs of the season. The Marlins ended April with their second lowest team batting average in team history for the first month of the season with an average of .228. However in the last three games the Marlins have totaled 24 hits. So hopefully they are starting to turn things around.
The Marlins did make some moves following their loss on Sunday. The Marlins sent OF Chris Coghlan and RP Mike Dunn down the Triple-A New Orleans and have called up OF Bryan Petersen and Dan Jennings. Coghlan and Dunn have both really struggled in the last two weeks. Coghlan's batting average has dropped down to .118 while Dunn's ERA has risen to 9.53.
The Marlins are now flying out to San Francisco for a nine game road trip starting Tuesday.
- Tuesday at 10:15 in San Francisco: Ricky Nolasco (2-0) vs Matt Cain (1-1)
- Wednesday at 10:15 in San Francisco: Carlos Zambrano (0-2) vs Barry Zito (1-0)
- Thursday at 3:45 in San Francisco: Anibal Sanchez (1-0) vs Ryan Vogelsong (0-9