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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Marlins win 1st interleague battle; Tampa Bay Rays vs. Florida Marlins

The Marlins fall short of a series sweep versus their interleague rivals the Tampa Bay Rays but still gets the series victory.

In Game 1 on Friday in Sun Life Stadium, the Marlins beat the Rays with a final score of 5-3. The Rays struck first and early with a 2 RBI triple off of Matt Joyce's bat off a pitch by Anibal Sanchez in the top of the 1st with 2 outs. The Marlins were able to get 1 of the runs back off a ground out by Logan Morrison bringing in Chris Coghlan as he lead off the inning with a double. Sanchez makes up for the 2 run 1st with a perfect 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Logan Morrison ties the game up at 2 on a lead off home run (6) in the bottom of the 4th off of Andy Sonnanstine and then Mike Stanton 3 batters later, 2 outs later, hit a solo home run (10) to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Rays would score the 3rd run, that tied the game at this point, off of Sanchez in the 7th as Matt Joyce scores off of a Casey Kotchman single. Matt Joyce was able to score due to a triple he hit with 1 out. In the 8th, Hanley Ramirez lead off the bottom of the inning with a single, Logan Morrison then doubled putting 2 runners in scoring position, Gaby Sanchez then hit a sacrifice fly bringing in Hanley to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead, Greg Dobbs was intentionally walked, Mike Stanton sacrificed himself with a fly to 1st baseman bringing Logan Morrison in for the 5th run, and John Buck flied out for the 3rd and final out. Marlins reliever Michael Dunn received the win, Rays reliever Joel Peralta received the loss, and Leo Nunez received his 16th save out of 16 save opportunities.

Game 2 on Saturday in Miami, the Marlins beat the Rays again with a final score of 5-3. The Marlins beat Rays starter David Price as the Rays lost to Marlins struggling starter Javier Vazquez and Leo Nunez picked up his 17th save as he remains perfect and keeps a steady lead for most saves on the season in the whole MLB. Logan Morrison again had another RBI in the 1st inning as he knocks in Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez with a double. Another 2 home run night for the Marlins and from some unusual players this season, Hanley Ramirez rocked on out of the playing field for his 3rd home run on the season in the 6th inning and Omar Infante hit his 1st home run on the season in the 7th inning. An awful top of the 8th for the Marlins as they gave up shut out as Michael Dunn went in for relief for Vazquez, walked 2 while getting 2 outs. Ryan Webb came in and walked Evan Longoria loading the bases. Randy Choate came in after Webb faced just Longoria and walked Kelly Shoppach which walked in a run, and then Edward Mujica replaced Choate and gave up a 2 RBI single to Johnny Damon and struck out John Jaso for the 3rd out. The Marlins went through 4 pitchers as they walked 4 batters and gave up 3 runs, Marlins still won 5-3.

Game 3, the Marlins lost to the Rays 4-0. Josh Johnson was suppose to start this game but he was placed on the 7-day DL and Jay Buente was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first MLB start (his MLB debut was last season on May 27th). Jay Buente pitched a good 1st as he only put 1 man on base due to a walk, but in the 2nd and 3rd he gave up 2 runs (the only runs in the game). In the 2nd; Sean Rodriguez and Kelly Shoppach hit back-to-back 1 out singles, James Shields brought in 1 run as he reached 1st due to a fielding error by Marlins 3rd baseman Greg Dobbs, and Elliot Johnson brought in another run as he grounded into a force out at 2nd. In the 3rd; Evan Longoria with 1 out hit a ground rule double, Matt Joyce doubled Longoria in with 1 out, Casey Kotchman tripled in Joyce with 2 outs, Sean Rodriguez walked, Kelly Shoppach hit by pitch to load the bases with 2 outs, and James Shields popped out for the 3rd out and left the bases loaded. Jay Buente got his first decision in his career in the MLB which was the loss after pitching 5 innings allowing 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walked 3, and struck out 1. James Shields received the win as he pitched a complete game allowing 3 hits, no runs, walked only 1, and struck out 13 batters.

The Marlins are 26-19 on the season and still in 2nd place in the NL East to the 1st place Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins are a game and a half back of the Phillies. The Marlins take on the defending World Champions Giants in a 3 game series in San Francisco next.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Red Sox sweep the Yankees; Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

After a 2-10 start (which those 2 wins came from victories over the Yankees) for the Red Sox, they are now at .500 for the first time this season at 20-20. This is the second sweep of the season for the Red Sox and both were in enemy territory. The first sweep was in Los Angeles versus the Angels April 21-24 during a 4 game series. The Red Sox go into the Bronx with a 2-1 record versus the Yankees and leave with a 5-1 record versus them.

Game 1:

Clay Buchholz was on the mound for the Red Sox and Bartolo Colon for the Yankees. Adrian Gonzalez with a solo home run in this game, which gave him 3 consecutive home runs in 3 consecutive games. Russell Martin also with a 2 run home run for the Yankees in the game.  Those home runs were off the starters. Joba Chamberlain came into relief for Colon and gave up 3 runs to the Red Sox off  a 1 RBI sac bunt by Adrian Gonzalez and a 2 run homer by Kevin Youkilis. Daniel Bard replaced Buchholz and we gave up a lead off triple to Curtis Ganderson in the bottom of the 8th and 2 batters later he threw a wild pitch which brought Ganderson in.

The Red Sox win 5-4. Clay Buchholz received the win allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 home run, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 7 innings of work. Bartolo Colon with the losing decision after pitching 6 innings allowing 5 hits, 3 runs 2 of which earned, 1 home run walked 3, and struck out 4. Jonathon Papelbon with the save even though he allowed a run on 2 hits.

Game 2:

Josh Beckett with the start for the Red Sox and CC Sabathia for the Yankees. Beckett pitched 6 innings allowing 4 hits, walked 2, struck out 9, and 0 runs. Beckett pitched a 6 inning shut out, Matt Albers and Rich Hill in their combined 3 innings of relief work kept the shut out and win for Beckett. CC Sabathia pitched 2 outs longer than Beckett allowing 7 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 home run, walked 3, and struck out 6.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2 RBI double in the top of the 4th to put the first runs on the board for either team. Jason Varitek hit an RBI single in the top of the 7th for a 3 run lead over the Yankees and Adrian Gonzalez continued his home run streak, with his 4th consecutive home run in his 4th consecutive game, with a 3 run home run in the 7th.

The Red Sox win 6-0 and shut out the Yankees.

Game 3:

The Yankees start the scoring with an RBI single from Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the 1st to give the Yankees a 1 run lead. In the top of the 2nd the Red Sox tie it back up with a sac fly off the bat of Jed Lowrie. To lead off the bottom of the 2nd Yankees DH Andruw Jones homered to break the tie and Curtis Ganderson homered to give the Yankees a 2 run lead. Red Sox again come back to tie the game in the next half inning this time off the bat of Kevin Youkilis and it was a 3 run home run. Game tied at 4. In the top of 5th David Ortiz hit himself in for an RBI and to give the Red Sox the lead for the first time in the game, 5-4. Dustin Pedrioa scored in the top of the 7th off an error by Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez then makes it up in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double. Top of the 8th Jarrod Saltalamacchia wanted that 2 run lead back as he homered into right field, his first of the season and first for Red Sox catchers. The Red Sox won 7-5.

Jon Lester started the game for the Red Sox and received the win even though his line reads as; 6 innings pitched allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 4 walks, 7 strike outs, and 2 home runs given up. Freddy Garcia the Yankees starter for the game received the loss pitching 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 home runs, 2 walks, and 4 strike outs. Jonathon Papelbon with another save in a perfect 9th.


All 3 of the Red Sox starting pitchers received the win while all of the Yankees starting pitchers received the loss.

All 3 games there was a home run, both teams hit a home run each game besides game 2 where the Yankees hit none.

Jonathon Papelbon with 2 saves in games 1 and 3.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Vazquez continues to have issues in the 1st; Florida Marlins vs. Washington Nationals

This was Game 3 of a 3 game series with the Nationals. The Marlins looking for their 2nd sweep of the season.

Javier Vazquez going into the game had an ERA over 10 in the 1st innings of games. Vazquez kept up with his horrendous 1st innings as he allowed 6 runs in the 1st. The Marlins got 2 of the runs back in the top of the 2nd from a sac fly by Mike Stanton bringing in Gaby Sanchez after he reached off an error in the lead off spot and Brett Hayes hit an RBI single bringing in Logan Morrison after he hit a double (that moved Gaby to 3rd earlier in the inning).

The Nationals added another run in the 5th inning virtue of an RBI double from Ivan Rodriguez. The Marlins put 2 more runs on the board in the bottom of the 7th off an RBI double from Greg Dobbs and RBI single from Chris Coghlan. Ivan Rodriguez then scored the last run of the game for the Nationals to put them above the Marlins 8-4 on an RBI single from Roger Bernadina.

Javier Vazquez stayed in the game for 4 innings allowing 7 hits, 6 runs (all earned), walked 2, struck out 4, and received the loss to put him 2-4 on the season. The Nationals starter Jason Marquis received the win as he pitched 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 of which runs were earned, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Fish win the home run derby in Cincy; Florida Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds

Both the Reds and the Marlins hit a total of 7 home runs for a total of 12 runs. The Marlins had 5 home runs while the Reds had 2. The Marlins win 9-5, all but 2 runs scored virtue of long balls.

In the 1st, Hanley Ramirez hit his first home run of the season, a 2 run shot to left field off of Reds starter Bronson Arroyo and Jay Bruce hit a 2 run shot to right center field off of Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco. (Tied 2-2)

In the 2nd Greg Dobbs lead off with a solo home run to right field (Marlins 3-2). In the bottom of the 6th Reds Brandon Phillips hit his 4th home run on the seasons, a solo shot tieing the game at 3. Top of the 7th John Buck gave the Marlins back the lead with a 2 run home run to right field.

In the 8th Arroyo was replaced by relief pitcher Nick Masset. Masset then gave up a solo home run to Mike Stanton, a massive shot went 442 yards to center field, and a 3 run shot to Emilio Bonifacio, his 2nd MLB home run and 1st home run that left a park).

Marlins lead 9-3 headed to the 9th but as Brian Sanches tries to hold the Reds for a Marlins win he gave up a 1 out back-to-back singles, walks the next, and then gives up a 2 RBI double to a pinch hitter in Chris Heisey. Sanches was then replaced by Leo Nunez who strikes out the 1st batter he faces, walks the 2nd loading the bases, and then gets reigning NL MVP Joey Votto to ground out to the mound for the 3rd and final out.

Leo Nunez recieves the save, his 9th of the season breaks the 3 way tie for 2nd most saves in the league on the season and he now owns sole possesion of 2nd (Huston Street and Mariano Rivera share 1st with 10 saves). Ricky Nolasco (3-0) with the win and Bronson Arroyo (3-3) with the loss.

The Marlins beat the Reds in the 3 game weekend series in Cincinnati 2-1. Marlins are now 17-9 on the season and are a game back of the Philadelphia Phillies.