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If there was any lingering doubt as to whether the Marlins were really through with their losing ways in Cincinnati, they were laid to rest Saturday night when the Fish and the Reds faced off in game three of their series at the Great American Ball Park.
Burton promptly gave up an RBI double to Brett Carroll, and the Marlins took a 4-2 lead.
Remember that super exciting 11-1 start the Marlins had? Yeah, me too. Since then, the Fish have won a total of four games. And lost 13. It’s not as though I expected the team to continue at that pace all season, but I also didn’t expect to be sitting just a game above .500 on the 8th of May.
After winning game one of their irritatingly short homestand, the Marlins dropped three in a row. A couple thoughts on that:
- When one’s team scores six runs and one’s bullpen does not allow a run, one can usually expect at least a fair shot at winning a ballgame. That is, unless Graham Taylor happens to be starting for your team, in which case your chances of losing said ballgame are still sitting at around 89%.
- In all fairness to Taylor, it’s not his fault the Marlins decided to start him before he’s ready. But maybe the next time he’s called up (hopefully not til 2012 or so), he could ask the organization to take a new headshot. When he has just given up eight runs in a little over two innings, this expression is the last thing I want to look at.
- Marlins starters have now gone 20 straight games without a win, and there to rub it in our faces Wednesday was Derek Lowe. Our starters can’t even manage to squeeze a win out of a 3-hit shutout these days, and Lowe “earned” the W despite giving up six runs in his worst start of the year.
- Not only did the Marlins lose the game Thursday, they also lost starter Anibal Sanchez to a shoulder injury. A rotation that is two-fifths Miller and Taylor is the stuff of nightmares. Let’s hope it just stays in my head and out of reality. (EDIT: Crisis averted. Juan Rodriguez reports Chris Coghlan will take Sanchy’s spot on the roster.)
- It’s great fun watching Hanley and Jorge attempt to singlehandedly win ballgames with their bats each night, but to quote Cantu, “it takes nine people to win a game.”
- Dan Uggla: .190
- Cameron Maybin: .202
Colorado, here we come.
I should have known how the night would go when I took my seat and heard a voice behind me say, “Man, I miss the Bronx.”
No, scratch that. I should have known how the night would go upon seeing the name “Volquez” in the pitching matchup.
The Marlins managed just three hits off of Edinson Volquez last night in the second and final game of their series with the Reds. It was an offensive snoozefest, to say the least (well, unless you happened to be one of the lucky folks cheering for the team that employs Brandon Phillips). The night wasn’t a total bust for Fish fans, though, as the Marlins made up for their frigid bats with some real impressive defense and base running.
Despite the less-than-thrilling happenings on the field, my game experience was otherwise splendid. I can’t decide which part was my favorite– listening to the drunk Misser of the Bronx arguing with his “crazy, ungrateful” girlfriend on a cell phone all night, having the entire field of play blocked by The Family From Hell for a good 87% of the game, or being forced for five innings to play a card game with a kid I don’t even know because his parents wouldn’t tell him to leave me alone. It’s a toss-up, really.
7-0, Reds. The Marlins are now trailing the Phillies by half a game for first place in the NL East.
Oh, and by the way… Let Pete in.
A row of diehard Reds fans in the bullpen box abandoned their heckling and heartily rooted for the home team in the bottom of the 14th inning last night at Dolphin. Seems any sense of loyalty to Cincinnati dissipated around the same time their beer buzz wore off– five innings earlier, when a normal game is supposed to be over.