It was a strange night where the Fish couldn’t seem to avoid a rain delay – in another part of the country. There was a void at Nationals Park, too. (Both elements must have made the Marlins feel like they were at home.) There was a late night, a triple turned into a home run, and an oversized ginger kid wearing a tight Elmo shirt. No one took the bait on that one, but it does beg, should anyone tickle Elmo in that situation?
One not so weird thing – the Fish won, again. That makes 4 in a row. Makes you wonder if Leo Nunez could close out those games against Philly and St. Louis how things would be looking right now. Instead, the Marlins have a nice streak going while heading out for the red-eye to the land of chili (check out Ron White’s routine on Cincy being the self-proclaimed capital of chili by the way) by way of Kentucky. Yeah, weird.
The Marlins did it in the usual way for them tonight, a three run “homer” for the rookie sensation Mike Stanton, who is on a tear now with 5 home runs in 15 games. Dan Uggla knocked in a run and the Marlins even scored a run on a wild pitch (Uggla flashed his wheels on a steal home from 3B). Maybe things are turning around at just the right time. Ricky didn’t lose that number as Nolasco, Jose Veras, Clay Hensley and Burke Badenhop combined for a shutout. Nolasco has been phenomenal of late, helping Josh Johnson pace this team’s starts.
The Reds are one of the better offenses in baseball right now. They even had a scrap with the Cardinals, thanks to Brandon Phillips – who apparently doesn’t have any deep-seeded feelings against the Marlins, so don’t expect an MMA brawl to break out. Too bad, John Baker is still out and we could have used him in the melee.
On the way to tonight’s victory, the Marlins saddled Livan Hernandez, the former Marlin who helped bring home a trophy back in 1997 and still continues to pitch despite his weight being disproportional to his velocity. The guy can flat out throw. And don’t forget Pudge Rodriguez as he creeps ever closer to his 3K milestone (2,791 hits after tonight).
Like stats? Here you go – eat ’em up. Heading off to bed. Marlins are too, I think. Cincinnati tomorrow and another good test to see if the Fish are up for it.