To quote the great Joe Angel, the Marlins finally managed to land in the win column Friday night against the visiting Rays, bumping them up to 1-3 on the year. Here’s the lowdown on what you missed.
- Miami won a close one 10-9, in the 10th inning, on a Christian Yelich walk off single that drove home Dee Gordon.
- Despite the high score, Miami actually received what was arguably their best starting pitching performance of the season from SP Dan Haren, who scattered 4 hits and no walks across 6 innings of work while allowing only a single run.
- Unfortunately, that kind of control wasn’t contagious, as Tampa doubled their hit total in a 7-run 7th that saw three runs scored on bases loaded walks, against three Miami relievers.
- Despite the blow of losing an 8-1 lead, Miami quickly recaptured the lead, going up 9-8 in the 8th on a Giancarlo Stanton single that scored Dee Gordon, who stole two bases Friday night.
- Following that rally, Steve Cishek managed to shave over 74 points off his ERA, whittling it down to 33.75. Sadly it couldn’t drop farther as he allowed a run, blowing his first save of the year.
- Pitching wise, Miami is in unique territory. On the plus side, their 3 QS is good for 2nd in the NL(2nd MLB). On the flip side, their 6.08 team era is good for worst in the NL(2nd worst MLB).
- Still can’t blame the fielding. Five teams remain that haven’t committed an error yet this year, and Miami is one of them. In fact, this is Miami’s best defensive start since 2004.
- Here’s something else that’s interesting. Miami-along with the Chicago Cubs- are the only teams left in the bigs yet to homer this season. This despite the two clubs having two 2014 NL leaders- Stanton and Anthony Rizzo- on their rosters.
- Miami might be just 1-3, but they are undefeated in extra inning games! That’s good for best in the NL East. Miami was 9-12 in extras last season.