No errors in Atlanta
Don’t allow any extra outs is something the Marlins have been preaching for years. They saw the importance of that in their sweep over the Braves at Turner Field.
In the three games, Florida didn’t commit one error. Atlanta, meanwhile, was hurt on Thursday in the second inning. Second baseman Kelly Johnson dropped the ball on a tailor-made double play grounder off the bat of Dan Uggla. So instead of having two outs and no one on, the Marlins had two on and no outs.
Cody Ross followed with a three-run homer that provide a lead the Marlins never gave up.
“Pitching and defense can win games,” shortstop Hanley Ramirez said. “That’s what we’ve been doing lately. We’re putting those things together.”
The Marlins are playing all-around ball, which is raising the team’s confidence.
“I think everybody is together,” Ramirez said. “Everybody is playing as a team. It’s what we’ve got to keep doing all year long — stay together.”
— Joe Frisaro