Marlins take series finale against Mets
The Marlins completed a series win from the National League East rival New York Mets on Sunday with a 5-4 win. It was a much needed win for the Fish, as they were able to close a home stand, in which they went 2-4.
On a hot, 92 degree, afternoon in South Florida the Marlins took a 3-2 lead into the seventh before, the noted Marlin killer, David Wright, hit a two run homerun to give the visiting Mets a one run lead. Wright was down in the count 0-2, with two outs before working a full count and launching a homer into the stands. It was his 20 th career homerun against the Marlins and his 82 nd career RBI vs. the Fish, the most he has against any team.
The Marlins were down 4-3 in the eighth, when left fielder Logan Morrison took reliever Chris Parnell deep over the center field wall. After a Stanton single and a Peterson sacrifice bunt, the stage was set for the struggling John Buck. With two outs, Buck, who was pinch hitting, was able to put one into the gap, scoring Stanton from second base, giving the Marlins a 5-4 lead. Leo Nunez came through in the top of the ninth to secure the Marlins’ 22 nd comeback victory of the season.
Emilio Bonifacio extended his hit streak to a career high 23 games in the bottom of the first. His 23 game hit streak is the third longest in franchise history behind Kevin Millar (25 games), and Luis Castillo (35 games), both set in 2002. Emilio, has been terrific since the All Star break. The super utility man is cementing his name throughout baseball as an elite, patient hitter that when on base, can become detrimental to the opposition proving that by stealing his 22 nd base of the season. He has now upped his batting average to .295, in his quest to reach .300.
Mike Stanton, also, hit his 22 nd homerun of the year, matching his total for his rookie season in which he played 100 games. Stanton is coming into his own as of late, getting back his vicious power swing that he had earlier in the year.
Starter Anibal Sanchez was far from perfect but he did his job by keeping the Marlins in the game. In his previous start, he was tagged by the Padres and put the Marlins in a hole from the first inning. So Manager Jack McKeon was happy to see his young right hander go seven innings on Sunday.
The Marlins improved to 49-53 but still remain in last place in the National League East. They remain 16 games behind the red hot Phillies and 10 games behind the Braves for the Wild Card lead. The Fish can continue to chip away like this, but time is running out.
By: Edwin Howe