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.

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