June 2012

Marlins look to salvage final game

MIAMI — The Marlins have dropped six straight, and the first two of three against the Blue Jays.

On Sunday, they look to reverse their luck as Mark Buehrle takes the mound.

Toronto is starting right-hander Jesse Chavez.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Ramirez, 3B

3) Stanton, RF

4) Morrison, LF

5) Dobbs, 1B

6) Infante, 2B

7) Cousins, CF

8) Buck, C

9) Buehrle, P

Joe Frisaro

 

Preparing Marlins Park for series finale

MIAMI — Shortly before 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, the roof at Marlins Park closed.

The roof regularly is opened at night, and the field is covered by a tarp.

The grounds crew was busy getting the field ready for Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. ET series finale between the Marlins and Blue Jays.

Marlins Park’s roof remains open as much as possible to help grow the grass.

Here are a couple of images of the field and the roof closing.

 

 

 

Joe Frisaro

 

Numbers tell the story of June

MIAMI — What’s been going wrong in June?

Let’s look at some basic numbers.

The Marlins are 4-14 in the month, and enter Friday three games under .500 and eight games off the pace of the Nationals in the NL East.

Compared to the rest of the 16-team National League in June, the Marlins rank last in runs scored with 50. Atlanta is 15th with 63 runs and the Reds have 96 runs in the month, topping the NL.

In team batting average, Miami’s .216 average also is at the bottom. Cincinnati is batting at a league best .281.

Flipping over to the pitching, the Marlins starters are 3-13 in the month with a 5.91 ERA, which is the worst in the NL for the month.

Marlins relievers have a 6.45 ERA in June, second to last in the month. Houston’s bullpen has an 8.04 ERA in the month.

As the numbers show, the team needs improvement in several key areas.

Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins open series with Toronto

MIAMI — Coming off a 1-5 road trip, the Marlins open a nine-game homestand on Friday.

The Blue Jays are in town for Miami’s final Interleague series of the season. It’s been a tough go for the Marlins against the American League, as they are 4-11 with three more games to go.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Ramirez, 3B

3) Stanton, RF

4) Ruggiano, CF

5) Infante, 2B

6) Kearns, LF

7) G. Sanchez, 1B

8) Buck, C

9) A. Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

 

Dunn recalled from Triple-A New Orleans

Because they went to their bullpen early on Wednesday night, the Marlins were in need of relief help on Thursday.

Before facing the Red Sox in their series finale at Fenway Park, the Marlins recalled lefty Mike Dunn from Triple-A New Orleans. In a corresponding move, right-hander Chris Hatcher was optioned to New Orleans.

Dunn last threw for New Orleans on June 15. The left-hander has appeared in 12 games for the Zephyrs this season, posting a 1-1 record witha 4.58 ERA. He’s struck out 24 and walked seven in 17 2/3 innings at Triple-A.

In 12 appearances with the Marlins, Dunn’s has had his struggles, giving up 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings (9.58 ERA). He’s struck out 17 and walked 10.

Hatcher on Wednesday pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of Ricky Nolasco in the Marlins’ 15-5 loss at Boston. The right-hander gave up four runs, including a grand slam to David Ortiz.

Hatcher’s first appearance with the Marlins this year came last Sunday at Tampa Bay, when he threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to even series with Red Sox

Logan Morrison drove in a career-best five runs on Tuesday night, but the Marlins stumbled, 7-5, to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Miami has dropped two straight and three of four on their Interleague road trip.

With Tuesday’s loss, the Marlins fell below .500. They look to reach the break-even point on Wednesday night at Boston.

Ricky Nolasco will get the start for the Marlins.

Boston is going with lefty Felix Doubront, who beat the Marlins on June 13 in Miami. That night, the left-hander gave up two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Ramirez, 3B

3) Stanton, RF

4) Morrison, LF

5) Ruggiano, CF

6) Infante, 2B

7) Kearns, DH

8) Sanchez, 1B

9) Buck, C

Joe Frisaro

Solano gets start in series finale

ST. PETERSBURG — After prevailing 4-3 in a grueling 15-inning game on Saturday night, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen decided to give second baseman Omar Infante a breather on Sunday.

Infante went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts.

Donovan Solano, who didn’t play on Saturday, was given the start at second base in the series finale at Tropicana Field.

The Marlins are going with Hanley Ramirez hitting second and Giancarlo Stanton batting third. Josh Johnson will start against Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Ramirez, 3B

3) Stanton, RF

4) Morrison, LF

5) Dobbs, DH

6) Solano, 2B

7) Cousins, CF

8) Sanchez, 1B

9) Hayes, C

Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins prevail in one of their longest games ever

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Marlins had lost three straight and nine of 10. Getting back on the winning track took a bit longer than normal.

On Saturday night, the Marlins prevailed, outlasting the Rays, 4-3, in 15 innings at Tropicana Field.

The game lasted 5-hours, 7-minutes, before Heath Bell struck out the side in order. The final out came at 12:22 a.m. ET Sunday morning.

The Marlins had not played a game that long since losing 7-6 to the Cardinals in 20 innings on April 27, 2003. That was the longest game in club history.

LONGEST MARLINS GAMES

4/27/03: 20 innings 7-6 loss to Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium

6/8/98: 17 innings 4-3 win over Blue Jays at Sun Life Stadium

8/20/99: 16 innings 6-4 loss to Astros at Sun Life Stadium

7/12/02: 16 innings 5-4 loss to Cubs at Wrigley Field

8/10/93: 15 innings 3-2 win over Cubs at Sun Life Stadium

5/11/95: 15 innings 3-1 loss to Reds at Sun Life Stadium

6/18/96: 15 innings 9-8 loss to Giants at 3Com Park

6/19/96: 15 innings 7-4 loss to Giants at 3Com Park

6/16/12: 15 innings 4-3 win over Rays at Tropicana Field

Joe Frisaro

Ramirez returns to lineup

ST. PETERSBURG — Hanley Ramirez, who sat out on Friday night after being struck on the nose by a deflected ball, was back in the lineup on Saturday night.

The Marlins, losers of nine of 10, are looking for some offense. On Friday night, they were limited to one hit, a first-inning single by Donovan Solano.

Ramirez was initially set to play on Friday, but during batting practice in the cages, he was shaken up. Ramirez hit a ball that deflected off a screen. It deflected back and plunked the third baseman in the nose.

The Marlins send Anibal Sanchez to the mound on Saturday, while the Rays are going with James Shields.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Ramirez, 3B

3) Stanton, RF

4) Morrison, DH

5) Infante, 2B

6) Dobbs, LF

7) G. Sanchez, 1B

8) Cousins, CF

9) Buck, C

Joe Frisaro

 

Choate’s Corner arrives at The Trop

ST. PETERSBURG — Choate’s Corner, which has gained popularity at Marlins Park, is now on the road.

The personal cheering section for the Marlins bullpeb arrived at Tropicana Field on Friday.

Friends of reliever Randy Choate started Choate’s Corner. They regularly sit behind Miami’s bullpen in the left field bleachers at Marlins Park. The group of fans wave enlarged images of each reliever’s face.

Choate’s Corner has gotten some national attention, being shown recently during the introduction of ESPN’s SportsCenter.

 

 

Joe Frisaro

 

 

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