Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Marlins' Comeback Falls Short In Seattle

The Marlins finally broke Mariner's pitcher Felix Hernandez streak of 22 straight innings without allowing an earned run with Dan Uggla's 20th homer of the season in the 2nd inning, but ultimately the Marlins came up a run short.

Hernandez was the story early, allowing just 1 hit through 5 innings (the Uggla home run). The Marlins started to rally in the 6th, scoring 2 runs on 4 straight singles and a SAC fly by Jorge Cantu. They then tacked one more on in the 7th to chase Hernandez from the game. Felix's final tally was 7.1 IP, only giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs, while amassing an impressive 9 strikeouts to only 1 walk. Even towards the end of Hernandez's start, he was throwing 97-98 mph heaters, then dropping vicious 86 mph curve balls off the charts.

The Marlins came up short against an impressive M's bullpen. 3 pitchers didn't allow a hit in the 'pens 1.2 innings of work, and with Mariners' closer J.J. Putz on the DL, Brandon Morrow came in and earned his 2nd save of the season, striking out 2 in the 9th with straight 99 mph heat.

The Marlins should bounce back tomorrow against 33 year old knuckler R.A. Dickey, who has been bouncing between the bullpen and the rotation with the Mariners all season (he'll be making only his 3rd start of the year tomorrow). The loss tonight against arguably one of the best young arms in the Bigs is nothing to hang your head about, especially seeing how they were almost able to rally back. I expect the Fish to come out swinging tomorrow to try to take the 3 game series against baseball's worst.

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