Tagged: Jamie Moyer

Fish Beat Grandfather Moyer

GameFish is now a regular blogger for FishStripes.com. Read her game recaps and thoughts on the 2010 Marlins season there.


The Marlins and Phillies faced off for game two of their series at a very chilly Citizen’s Bank Park Saturday, and like Friday, the first inning wound up being the deciding factor. This time, though, it was advantage: Marlins.

With Jamie “Freaking” Moyer on the mound, the Fish put up a five-spot in the first inning. Cantu started up a brand new RBI streak when he singled in Maybin, Uggla drove in a run with a single of his own, and Ronny Paulino delivered the big blow in the inning with a three-run homer to left field.

It seemed the Fish had solved Grandpa Moyer, who has traditionally owned them on the mound, but he settled in after the first, and didn’t allow another run through six innings.

The story of the game, though, was Ricky Nolasco, who was about as “on” as it gets. Ricky pitched his fourth career complete game with 109 pitches and allowed just 5 hits to the Phillies, and very nearly threw a shutout. He carried it all the way to the second out in the ninth inning, when Jayson Werth hit a home run to put the Phillies first and only run on the board.

The Phillies didn’t have a hit against Ricky until two outs in the bottom of the fourth when Chase Utley singled. Ricky ran into a little trouble in the sixth when he gave up a single to Bryan Schneider and walked Victorino and Utley to load the bases for Ryan Howard. But Howard grounded to first and Ricky escaped the inning with his shut-out intact.

Ricky even worked the bat a little in the game, with a two-out hit against Moyer in the fourth.

Behind Ricky No-No’s fantastic start, the Marlins split the series with the Philths, and have a chance at the win in Sunday’s finale.

Not much in life feels quite as good beating the Phillies.

Double Dip

3500560729_8bd39e168f.jpgThe Marlins treated us to twice the recommended daily allowance of baseball Tuesday as they faced off with the Phillies in a doubleheader at Land Shark Stadium.

Game one featured Marlins ace Josh Johnson on the hill for the Fish, and JJ impressed by striking out ten Philthies through five innings of work. But Josh also gave up four runs on seven hits in those five innings, and since the Fish bats were about as hot in game one as a glacier in Antarctica, that was bad news for the Marlins. 
Part of the problem for the Fish was Joe Blanton, who shut down the Marlins offense through seven innings, striking out nine and allowing only two hits. 
Burke Badenhop tossed two scoreless innings in relief of JJ, but in the eighth he got into some trouble and allowed four runs to the Phils. Andrew Miller recorded the last out of the eighth, but not before demonstrated his dominant pitching skills by walking three and giving up a ninth run to Philadelphia.
The Marlins did finally get on the board against Sergio Escalona in the bottom of the inning, but by then the deficit was a bit much to overcome, and the Marlins dropped game one of the series.
*deep breath*
Anibal Sanchez was on the mound for the Fish in game two of the doubleheader, and recalled the days of yore (come on, 2006 can totally be considered “yore”) with his lights out pitching. Ani allowed just two hits to the Phillies in eight innings, and struck out seven.
While Sanchy was busy shutting down the Phils, the Marlins were busy trying to hit the snail-speed pitches of Grandfather Time, aka Jamie Moyer. Moyer went seven innings for Philadelphia and allowed nine hits to the Marlins. 
In the bottom of the second, Uggla hit his 30th home run of the year, becoming the first Marlin to hit 30 home runs in three consecutive seasons. Cody went yard in the fourth to put the Marlins up 2-0, and in the fifth Hanley doubled to drive in the third and final run of the game.
Leo Nunez handled his 24th save with a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Marlins split the doubleheader.

Phairly Phantastic Day at the Park for the Phish.

pro-sweep-500r.jpgYou know something’s up when Jeremy Hermida is making highlight-worthy catches in right, the Fish are actually getting double-digit hits off of Grandpa Moyer, Shane Victorino is attacking an umpire like a rabid wildebeest and the home crowd is booing the dude that sings God Bless America… OK, so that last one is pretty much a normal day at the park for Phils fans. But overall, it was a strange, strange afternoon at Citizen’s Bank Park Sunday as the Marlins went for the sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies. 

When Jamie [Freaking] Moyer is on the mound against Florida, it normally signifies nap time for the folks at home. I mean, do we really need to see the Marlins get blanked through seven innings? But something magical happened Sunday afternoon: the Fish actually hit those annoying, 15-mph pitches Moyer was offering them, and through six innings, the team managed eleven hits and three runs off of their longtime nemesis.
If the bats are working against Moyer and Marlins ace Josh Johnson is on the mound, good things are bound to happen. JJ didn’t appear to be himself when he struggled to start the game, but he held the Phillies to one run in a very shaky first inning, and went on to pitch six innings, giving up just four hits and the first-inning run to the Phils. A couple of great defensive plays contributed to JJ’s success, including a stunning Jeremy Hermida snow cone grab of a long fly ball up against the wall in right to save a few runs in the first. Hermida the Gold Glover? I told you it was a strange afternoon. 
The final out JJ recorded in the game was a strikeout of Ryan Howard in the bottom of the sixth. Howard was rung up by home plate umpire Ed Rapuano on a pitch that several Phillies took exception to, and that’s where the afternoon got really exciting.
It’s like I always say: how dare anyone call a pitch a strike if Shane Victorino is not in 100% agreement?! Well, the Phil’s center fielder wasn’t, and he thought it would be a good idea to discuss his disapproval with Ed Rapuano in the midst of a Wes Helms at-bat during the top of the seventh inning… from center field. I have no idea on earth why that would bother an umpire in the least, but it did, and Rapuano tossed Victorino from the game. 
Upon hearing the news of his ejection, Victorino trotted calmly to the Phillies dugout and accepted his punishment with grace and dignity raced to home plate with a fury reminiscent of a man possessed by the devil and pretended that he was going to tear the flesh from Ed Rapuano’s bones. But come on. We all know Ed could take Victorino down with one hand tied behind his back, and the three (HA!) Phillies it took to “hold back” the pint-sized Hawaiian were there for show, I assure you.
After Victorino’s ejection, the Marlins went on to score six runs against Phils reliever Rodrigo Lopez that inning, sealing the victory, and the sweep, for the Fish. 
And then the ever-classy Philadelphia fans booed the poor guy who sang God Bless America. I guess when Shane Victorino is upset, or their team is getting swept, any love of country–or just plain common courtesy–flies out the window for residents of the city of brotherly loathing.
Hanley Ramirez and Chris Coghlan were both 4-for-6 in the game with several RBI, and with his second hit of the afternoon, Coghlan surpassed Juan Pierre and Miguel Cabrera to set a new franchise record for consecutive multi-hit games (8). Jorge Cantu drove in a pair of runs, and Wes Helms topped off the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
On an afternoon when fans were expecting to see a big zero under the Marlins “H” in the box score for most of the game, the team treated us to a season-high 19 hits, a dozen runs, and a sweep of the Phillies at home to pull within four games of the NL East leaders. 
Ah, nothing beats a sweep of my least favorite team in baseball.

What an inspiring way to start back.

retiremoyer.jpgWhen Jamie Moyer is starting a game against the Fish at home, you pretty much have two choices, Marlins fans: 1) heavily medicate yourself and watch only the top half of each inning, or 2) skip the game to do something that doesn’t make you feel like ripping all your hair out and screaming, and just check the box score the next day to confirm all of the zeros you knew were coming anyway.

Hopefully you opted for choice #2, because even the most potent of meds could not possibly have shielded you from the displeasure of watching what went down at Land Shark Stadium Thursday Night as the Fish took on the Phillies to kick off the post- All Star stretch of the season. 
Jorge Cantu singled in the fifth inning. Ronny Paulino walked. And that’s it. One single and a base on balls is all Fish fans had to cheer about offensively last night. Moyer went seven innings, gave up one hit and one walk, and then the Phils bullpen took over where he left off, not allowing a base-runner in the final two innings. 
There shouldn’t even be a Marlins lineup when Grandpa Moyer is on the mound. Seriously, what a complete waste of energy. Just give the boys a night off to relax, and send a string of lifeless mannequins to the plate in their place. The results, I assure you, could not be any worse than what we’re used to seeing from the Fish when Moyer is pitching.
While Moyer was doing his thing, Chris Volstad was doing his as well: leaving pitches up in the zone to yield his 18th, 19th and 20th home runs of the season. So instead of gaining ground on the Phillies, the Marlins are now five games back in the division.
Oh, joy.

Dost Mine Eyes Deceive Me?

wesley.jpgIt felt a little surreal last night watching the Marlins take on the Phillies to open their series at Citizen’s Bank Park. That was partly because Bud Selig decided it would be a pretty neat idea to make the Fish (and the rest of the league) wear solid red caps in honor of Memorial Day. To the uninformed observer, it looked like the Fish had lost their own hats somewhere between Miami and Philly, and had to borrow some extras from the home team. 

Things only got more surreal from there. 

For starters, the Marlins got hits and scored runs and stuff… off of the big, bad, scary old, decrepit, Marlin-killer Jamie Moyer, no less. The lead-off man actually spent some time on base. The team got a lead–and kept it! Chris Volstad had a quality outing–and miraculously earned the W. For the first time in weeks, the Marlins won back-to-back games! 
Um, what?

Who are you guys, and what have you done with my team? (whatever you did, I hope you hid the evidence well, because we don’t want them back.) 

The best part of the night was Wesley Helms being greeted by a chorus of boos from Philths fans, to which he promptly responded, “Oh yeah? You wanna boo me, do ya? Well here, then. Enjoy this home run, a three-for-five night and these four RBIs. Boo-yah.” 
Despite the Fish victory, I was seeing red last night for most of the game– and I’m not just referring to the fabric of those putrid hats the Marlins were forced to wear. Before you accuse me of being unpatriotic, let me say that I completely support the idea of paying homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. But since when does the solid color red equal patriotism, hmmm? How about next Memorial Day we try blue caps with 50 embroidered stars? Because the last thing a solid red cap makes me feel–especially as we take on the Phillies in Philadelphia–is patriotic. Or memorial…ish. 
5-3, Marlins

Sixth Straight Sunday

angry kid.JPGIt was Kid Sunday today at the ballpark, which tends to put a smile on my face, especially when the players bring their little ones along for the fun. Cody Ross’s son, Hudson, made an appearance in an FSN post-game interview, and it was also very nice to have Jamie Moyer’s great-grandchildren in attendance for the festivities. 

Unfortunately, the kids were the only cute thing about today’s game, and the smile disappeared from my face pretty quickly.

Well, the Marlins decided to ignore my brilliant advice and go with Graham Taylor for today’s game against the Phillies and Moyer. A couple thoughts on that:

1) Wrong.
2) OK, maybe just one thought on that.
Alright, maybe we wouldn’t have beaten Moyer either way, but I would have liked to see a pitcher with a little big league experience on the mound today, especially after dropping five straight. I know Graham is a lefty and everybody was just super enamored with being all matchy-matchy against the Phils’ lineup, but it didn’t work out, as Graham walked six and gave up four hits and four runs, throwing 98 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. I guess if the team’s goal was to mimic an Andrew Miller start as closely as possible, though, then mission accomplished.
Badenhop, by the way, pitched 2 1/3 nice, neat, scoreless innings in relief. The rest of our stellar bullpen? Well, they gave up a respectable nine runs in the following two innings. Enter Cody Ross. When the rest of the ‘pen couldn’t cut it, Cody came in and pitched a scoreless ninth, making it totally worth it to watch that ugly game to the bitter end. Cody, who was 3-4 today and basically owns, wins our very first installment of HLD&S’s “G” of the Game.
Let’s move on to fielding, shall we? Beginning with this: If Brett Carroll doesn’t start in left tomorrow night, there is no justice in the world. Only one Hermida error shows up in the box score, but his multiple misplays today helped this game get way out of hand. I don’t want to hear about the sun, either. The Phillies didn’t appear to have much trouble with it. That was all manner of ugly, folks. Let’s give Jeremy the day off to think about it, and to give Brett some much-needed AB’s.
And now on to Bonifacio and Maybin. Yeah, how long are we going to stick with these kids when they’re struggling miserably? I’ll say it again: Speed only matters if you can get on base. Right now, Bonifacio is doing very little of that, and I’m not sure that sitting him today is going to be the magic remedy. Our offense is suffering with these guys at the top and bottom of the order. Come on, once the opposing pitcher gets to the eighth spot in the lineup, he knows he’s essentially got 3 guaranteed outs. It’s not working. Next idea.
So we’ve dropped six straight and have been swept by the Phillies. Ah, life is swell.
13-2, Phillies.