Marlins on the run at Philly
PHILADELPHIA — As advertised, the Marlins have the ability to be a band on the run.
Speed was a big difference in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio executed a double-steal in the first inning, which set up Hanley Ramirez’s RBI groundout to second, putting the team on the board. In the sixth inning, Bonifacio executed a terrific bunt single and sprinted to third on Cole Hamels’ two-base throwing error.
Bonifacio scored on Gaby Sanchez’s RBI double.
“We’re going to run,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We’re going to use the pieces that we have. All of a sudden, the hitter is going to see more fastballs. Catchers have got to be aware. Coaches got to be aware. It’s nice when you can run a little bit. That makes a lot of people heads up.”
Sanchez drove in two runs on the day, hitting in the cleanup spot because Giancarlo Stanton was scratched with pain in his left knee.
Stanton is seeing a doctor in Philadelphia, but he’s expected to be fine in a few days.
With Reyes and Bonifacio, the Marlins have the ability to make things happen with their legs.
“That’s what we know we have right there,” Gaby Sanchez said. “It’s nothing that is going to surprise people. They know what we have with our speed. You look at Hanley, too, who can run. Stanton, too, can run. There are a lot of guys who can move around and do a lot of different things. It definitely puts pressure on the pitcher to either release the ball quickly. Speed up. Leave a ball up. So there are a lot of mistakes they can make because we have that speed factor.”
— Joe Frisaro