Brett Carroll and Sean West may want to keep a clipping of this game somewhere special. That is, if people still do such things nowadays.
Carroll was the offense for the Marlins tonight – and against Randy Johnson nonetheless. Carroll went 3-4 with a homer, a triple and 3 RBIs to guide the offense to a win tonight. Carroll also hit his first home run of the season – in fact, it was the first of his major league career. Known for his strong defensive play, the scrappy young Marlin outfielder showed off his offense tonight – this may buy him some more time in the bigs and perhaps earn him a longer look.
As for West, it was headline time. In a game where he squared off against a first ballot HOFer, West impressed. He carried a no hitter into the 6th inning striking out 6 and only walking 1 hitter over 8 innings pitched. His control was pinpoint, throwing 74 strikes to 30 balls. What is even more impressive is how well West has been keeping hitters off balance – coming into tonight’s game, West has a .194 BAA. After tonight’s game, it dropped to .159. All he had to do was best the other guy in the other dugout – no sweat for the 22 year older.
The Marlins got a much needed win to split the series and put them, yet again, within striking distance of .500. At 28-31, the Fish are only 7 games in back of the Phillies for first place. I say only 7 games because it is still very early by any stretch. The Cardinals are up next – and a sweep means back to .500 right before a long road trip. Can the Marlins keep it up?