13 May 2012
While it may not have been pretty for the first 8 inning in Friday night and Sunday's games, but when it was all said and done the Marlins find them selves at 18-16 and winners of 10 of their last 12 games. Both wins were similar as the Marlins gave up the lead to the Mets late in the game and in the ninth inning thanks in part both time to a clutch hit my Greg Dobbs the Marlins were able to get walk off hits in the bottom of the 9th.
On Friday the Marlins gave up 3 runs in the 8th giving the Mets a 5-3 lead, but the Marlins scored on a run in the bottom of the 8th and in the ninth Emilio Bonifacio singled in Stanton and Greg Dobbs had the walk off single two batters later.
On Sunday the Marlins trailed 2-0 most of the game till John Buck hit a 2 run home run in the 7th to tie the game. Then in the top of the ninth with Heath Bell on the mound, the Marlins intentionally walked Baxter to load the bases for Justin Turner with two outs. After a long at bat and with the count full, Turner doubled to right field making it a 4-2 mets lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. After the first two men reached base Greg Dobbs came in again to pitch hit and he singled to right field again to score Bonifacio and advance Hayes to third. Fast forward six batter latter the score is tied at four with the bases loaded for Giancarlo Stanton who jacked a ball that bounced off the stairs next to the home run sculpture to win the game for the Marlins 8-4.
The Marlins lost their game on Saturday 9-3, in a game where Ricky Nolasco just was not himself. Only 16 times in his career has Nolasco walked 3 players in a game without one being an intentional walk, and he did that in the first inning against the Mets. So while the Marlins continued to not be very productive run wise it the game, it was more of an aberration that can easily be looked passed.
While the Marlins got two more good starts out of Mark Buehrle and Carlos Zambrano, and Stanton (7-13 with 2 runs, 5 RBI, and 1 home run), Reyes (7-11 with 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 stolen base), and Bonifacio (5-11 with 3 run, 1 RBI, and 2 stolen bases) all had good series from the plate, not enough can be said about Greg Dobbs. Twice he came up in the 9th inning as a pitch hitter with the team trailing and needing a big hit and he came through for them. Before his hit on Friday to win the game I said that Omar Infante is the only Marlins I'd want up right now with the game on the line over Dobbs. I jumped on his bandwagon early in the season last year and he has continued to come up with big hit after big hit in pitch hit situations since becoming a Marlin. This season Dobbs is 12 for 43 (.279) with 6 RBI, 4 runs and 7 strikeouts, but if you adjust that to just his pitch hit situations he is 7 for 17 (4.12) with 3 RBI, 2 runs and 2 strike outs. To have someone batting .412 in pitch hitting situations is crazy and an amazing weapon to have in the National League. While it will be nice when Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez start to hit their averages, as long as the Marlins continue to have the efforts they are having from their starting pitchers and Dobbs continues to thrive as a pitch hitter, the Marlins will always have a chance to win.
The Marlins now have a two game set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates before they head out on a five game road trip.
- Monday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Anibal Sanchez (2-0) vs Brad Lincoln (2-0)
- Tuesday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Josh Johnson (0-3) vs Kevin Correia (1-3)
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