The baby Fish keep growing and getting better. We got proof today with back-to-back jacks to start the game from Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison. It was the first time in Marlins history this was done.
For LoMo, it was his first ever MLB home run and it came in his 104th AB. Congrats, Wolverine. Here’s to the first of many.
Dan Uggla and Gaby Sanchez also provided some muscle, doing the same thing in the 6th inning, getting back-to-back home runs to continue to put runs on the board. Yet, none was as wild as Hanley Ramirez’s triple – which started with Eric Hinske misplaying Hanley’s flyball to LF then compounding his mistake by missing his cutoff man which enabled HR2Dtoo to steal the third bag with some heads up aggressive baserunning. Hanley would score on a sac grounder from Uggla.
But this was not a night just about the offense – Chris Volstad churned out a solid start. Volstad is one of the starters in the NL with the fewest pitches per start, his average just under 93 pitches an outing. He has had trouble being consistent, staying focused, and getting beyond the 5th inning. Tonight against the Braves, he showed flashes of what can make him a bona fide starter in this league, spreading hits from the Braves bats and getting consistent outs. He kept runners off the bases and it showed as the Marlins just squeezed the Braves, who were 44-17 at home, out of the game.
The Fish continue their great run on the road. Winning 8 out of their past 10, scraping out a couple of wins against the Mets and now coming into Atlanta to face the first place Braves who have the best home record in baseball. Mama must be proud of her babies.