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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Fish almost hit for the home run cycle; Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Florida Marlins

In Fenway Park on April 11, 2011 going into the game a somewhat of a nobody to baseball fans and Tampa Bay fans, Sam Fuld, but after his performance he was being known on twitter by "The Legend of Sam Fuld" has he made several highlight reel catches and almost hit for the cycle. Sam Fuld (in order) hit a home run, double, triple, and another double making him a single short of the cycle.

I think I maybe the only one who thinks it would be cool for a team to hit for the home run cycle, as I call a team hitting a solo home run, 2 run home run, 3 run home run, and grand slam in the same game. Anyways the Marlins were off a 2 run home run for hitting for the "home run cycle." In the 2nd inning, after Gaby Sanchez lead off the inning with a walk, Greg Dobbs then singled, and Mike Stanton walked, this loaded the bases with no outs for Scott Cousins who becomes the hero of the game with taking his first pitch into the right field stands! This was Scott's first home run of his major league career on his 12th at bat of the season, Mike Stanton also hit a grand slam for his 1st home run last season. In the bottom of the 3rd, after Mike Stanton walked with 1 out and Scott Cousins doubled, Brett Hayes hit a 3 run home run to left field. In the bottom of the 5th Mike Stanton lead off with a solo home run, his first home run of the season. Mike's home run was the last run of the game for the Marlins, they lead 9-2 at this point.

The Pirates had a home run of their own in the top of the 2nd, a solo home run by Pedro Alvarez. Marlins starter Chris Volstad was taken out of the game in the top of the 6th after allowing a single and 2 walks with only 1 out in the 6th. Volstad was replaced by Randy Choate. Choate then allowed a RBI single to the first batter he faced. Choate was then replaced by Ryan Webb. Webb also gave up a RBI single, Webb then hit Josh Rodriguez with a pitch walking in a run. All runs scored were put onto Volstad's ERA as they were all placed on base by Volstad. Pirates would make what used to be a 7 run lead for the Marlins to a 4 run lead.

Marlins win 9-5. Chris Volstad got the winning decision despite allowing 4 hits, 5 earned runs (1 home run), walked 3, and striked out 5. Volstad is 1-1 on the season. Leo Nunez went into close in the top of the 9th but it wasn't a save opportunity, therefore no save, but he allowed 1 hit and striked out 1 while clinching the Marlins win. With this win the Marlins are tied with the Phillies for 1st, though the Phillies may retake full possession of 1st with a win in San Diego as their game began right after the Marlins game ended.

Also if anyone uses twitter or cares, Scott Cousins trended worldwide after he hit the grand slam.

Link to box score/videos of the home runs- MLB.com: http://atmlb.com/eZjEEy

Links to Marlins days headlines:
Marlins sweep the Pirates- Marlins.com: http://atmlb.com/fG6dsq
Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison out 2-4 weeks with left foot sprain- Marlins.com: http://atmlb.com/fQhEBA
Cousins may get expanded role- Marlins.com: http://atmlb.com/i9Q3oE

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