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Fish Win. For Real.


While the majority of the nation celebrates Independence Day, HLD&S is celebrating a far more important event in history: the Marlins have finally won a game against the Pirates this season. 
Big Game Andrew had a nice night on the mound (other than trying out his best Chris Volstad impersonation by serving up two home runs), and earned a win for the first time in almost a month as the Fish took on the Buccos in game two of the series at Land Shark Stadium. Miller gave up a total of three runs on eight hits and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings.

While BGA did his thing, Hanley decided that after going 0-for-4 Friday night, he’d had enough of this “no RBI” business. The All Star shortstop jacked the first pitch he saw from Zach Duke, and put the Marlins up 2-0 in the first. 

Meanwhile, Emilio Bonifacio worked to shift Fish fans back to the “love” side of their love/hate relationship with the third baseman. Boni went 4-for-4, tripled, and scored a pair of runs in the game. And we can’t really complain about that, now can we? (Trust us, we’ve looked at this from every angle. We can’t make it work. Sigh.)
Brian Sanches struck out three in an inning of relief, and Dan Meyer closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save of the season.
The Marlins have defeated the Pirates. And they managed to do so without so much as a one-minute rain delay.
Let the fireworks commence.

Ugly Red Hats Contribute to Fish Fall to Second Place (Or it could have been how badly they played. It’s a toss-up.)

red hat.jpgWell it was fun being in first place for 24 hours. Or maybe first place wasn’t fun, and that’s the reason the Marlins decided to try their absolute hardest to get out of it as they opened their series against the Pirates Friday night at Land Shark Stadium. Mission accomplished, boys.

Here’s the game in a nutshell:
The pitching sucked. 
The defense sucked.
The offense sucked.
The red hats sucked. 
But the two rain delays were just downright pleasant, so… 
Oh, you wanted a more extensive recap? Well we’d really rather not dwell on any of it, but OK.
The biggest news of the night was Han-RISP‘s RBI streak ending at ten games. The demise of the streak was pretty understandable, considering that there usually need to be runners on base in order to, you know, bat them in. Then again, Hanley went 0-4 on the night, so we won’t blame it all on the lack of offense in front of him.  
Chris Volstad continued his tradition of giving up the long ball excessively, surrendering two home runs–four runs total- in his three innings of work, before the second rain delay of the game shortened his outing. Tim Wood pitched three scoreless innings in relief, which would have been exciting had Chris Leroux not followed him with a three-run inning that ultimately put the game out of reach for the Fish.
As previously mentioned (see above), the defense sucked.
Offensively, there just wasn’t much going on, thanks mostly to Charlie Morton, who held the Marlins to one hit through six innings. Johnny Bakes did his best to get something going for the Fish, knocking in the first run of the game when he doubled in the seventh, and adding a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth. Ross Gload also drove in a run on a pinch-hit single in the seventh, but thanks to the pitching and defense, four runs weren’t enough as the Marlins lost to the Buccos for the fourth time this season.  
Official HLD&S Position: We still hate the red hats.

Let the Rain Fall Down (Since That Seems to Work Out Pretty Well for the Fish These Days).


Game two of the series against the Nationals didn’t start out so well for the Fish Tuesday night at Land Shark Stadium. 
That was in good part due to the fact that for some reason Sean West decided Nats pitcher Craig Stammen was the most imposing batter in the lineup. Seriously, Sean. A two-run shot to Adam Dunn, we get. A walk and a two-run single to Craig Stammen? Not as much.
Good thing this is the Nationals we’re talking about. In that case we know that, obviously, a 5-1 deficit merely serves to set up the Marlins’ come-from-behind victory.
Hanley was decidedly less intimidated by Stammen than Sean West appeared to be. He hit a two-run shot off the pitcher in the sixth inning, establishing a franchise record for nine straight games with at least one RBI.
And then, as is custom, came the rain. The obligatory deluge was at least kind enough to wait until Han-RISP drove in a few more in the bottom of the seventh, sealing a win for the Marlins when the game was called 89 minutes later.
The Fish are now two-for-two now in the rain-shortened game category this season, which almost makes us not care about nearly drowning in our seats last night. 
This afternoon the Men in Teal go for the sweep–and a 9-0 record against the Nats on the season. Ace Josh Johnson is on the mound; thousands of snotty-nosed kiddos are in the stands. Oh yes. It’s Camp Day.