After winning a series 3 games to 1 against the Chicago Cubs, the Marlins thought they would be able to get a break. But who needs breaks– you just got off the All-Star break. Instead of getting Monday off, the Fish flied off to New York to battle the Mets in a single makeup of a game that got rained out in May. But the rain came back for a second blow, causing the rain coats to come out in the stands; luckily it didn’t stop the game. The Marlins now have to go back to Miami to play the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, and then once again, the New York Mets later on Friday.
Here’s how Monday’s game went:
Clay Hensley (1-2, 2.70 ERA) hasn’t made a start since 2008. But that doesn’t mean he still can’t shut down the Mets in 5.0 innings. Hensley allowed 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 3, marking his first win and first start of the season. Following him, Mike Dunn (H, 9) came in for 1.2 innings; he allowed 1 hit, a walk, and marked a single K. Edward Mujica (H, 8 ) came out to finish the 7th by striking out former Marlin Ronny Paulino, and then later got a 1-2-3 8th inning. A rare poor performance came from Randy Choate, as he walked a batter in the 9th (2 were awarded to him) and gave up a hit, and that was enough for Jack McKeon. Leo Nunez (S, 27) came in, walked the first batter (awarded to Choate) in typical Leo fashion. He followed up by getting Jason Bay to fly out, a run came in (Choate) on the sac fly though. Leo then got Paulino to ground out to end the 9th and end the game. The Fish held the Mets to only 3 hits.
Offensively, the Fish were cold until a 3-run 4th inning came. Two outs in the 4th didn’t stop the Fish from having Mike Stanton (1-4, double) line one to left that scored 2. Adding on in the inning was newly-acquired Mike Cameron (1-4, single), who lined one to left as well, scoring Stanton. The Fish added on another run in the 8th, thanks to a Logan Morrison (1-4) single that brought home Emilio Bonifacio (1-4, single, hitting streak at 17). Morrison tried to extend his single to a double, but was tagged out trying to do so. McKeon enjoyed the aggressiveness of LoMo, as he applauded him on his way back to the dugout. Hanley Ramirez had the only multi-hit game for the Fish, as he went 2-4 with two singles.
The Florida Marlins went on to beat the New York Mets 4-1 in this single-game makeup.
Next Series: The Marlins are set to take on the San Diego Padres, home, at Sun Life Stadium in a 3-game series. This is the first time the Marlins are set to play the Padres this year; another series with San Diego comes up in August.
Thursday, July 19 (7:10PM ET): Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.54 ERA) vs. Tim Stauffer (5-6, 2.97 ERA)
Friday, July 20 (7:10PM ET): Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 5.51 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang (7-2, 3.19 ERA)
Saturday, July 21 (12:10PM ET): Javier Vazquez (6-8, 5.14 ERA) vs. Dustin Moseley (2-9, 3.36 ERA)