Miami Marlins Minute 4/14

Well the bats are showing sings of breaking out of their season long slumber, as the Marlins were able to pound the Braves for an 8-2 victory on another soggy evening in Atlanta.

  • Before the game, 30-40 bats were strewn across the clubhouse as a motivational ploy by Dee Gordon to inspire some offense.  Looks like he might have to go into motivational speaking.
  • Giancarlo Stanton busted his slump in a big way, going 3-3 with two walks and 4 RBI; the slugger even eschewed his famous face-guard in the 8th, and slashed a two run double.
  • Every Marlins starter reached base except for pitcher Tom Koehler and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, with six members reaching at least twice.
  • Saltalamacchia went 0-5 with three strikeouts, leaving seven men on base, committed his second error, and is 2 for 22 on the year.  JT Realmuto starts at catcher today; see last night’s column.
  • Tom Koehler pitched 5 1/3 innings, with 2 runs on 6 hits, performing well enough to earn the first win by a Marlins SP this year.  Crazy, considering 5/7 starters allowed 2 runs or less.
  • Out of the cellar, Miami is up to 4th in the NL East, ahead of the Washington Nationals.
  • Atlanta’s pen had their worst night, allowing 4 runs in 6 2/3 innings.  That included a fairly gutsy four innings of 2 run ball from Sugar Ray Marimon, who also got a hit in his MLB debut.
  • Miami’s bullpen had their best outing of the year, putting up 3 2/3 scoreless frames.
  • That includes Marlins pitching prospect and recent callup Jose Urena, who pitched a scoreless 9th in his own MLB debut.  Urena is up for David Phelps, who is on paternity leave.
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