Posted by Rab Bethan on 7:17am, Monday August 17th 2009
As you can see, we won game 1 pretty handily. Chris Volstad gave up a run early but the Fish got it right back with a Hanley Ramirez solo HR in the bottom of the first. In the second the Marlins opened it up with a Volstad 2-RBI single and blew it open with a Chris Coghlan 3-run homer that put the Fish up 6-1. Ross Gload‘s RBI-single made it 7-1. Chris Volstad was a bit wild today but serviceable, only going 5 innings while walking 4 men and giving up 1 run in the first. He reached his 100 pitch limit in the 6th inning. Dan Meyer gave up 2 runs in his second inning of relief, in the 7th. The Fish still weren’t done, a Gload sac fly and a Wes Helms single put them up 8-3 in the bottom of the inning and a Cody Ross single padded the lead to 10-3 where it would stay.
And now that that’s over, the Craig Counsell Hero of the Game Award!
Game 1′s winner is…
CC went 3-5 and his 3-run homer in the 2nd inning is what really broke the game open. That makes him the Hero of the Game!
Well, the big problem here was a problem that seemed to be leaving the Fish as of late, getting big hits. The Marlins left a small village on the basepaths in game 2, scoring only 3 times while stranding 13 men. Rick VandenHurk wasn’t great either, giving up 6 runs in 5.2 innings pitched, but he did seem to lock it down for a while before giving up 2 runs in the 6th and being knocked out of the game. Cody Ross had a good day, he set the Marlins record for hits in a double header with 6 after getting an RBI-single in the 7th. The Fish extended their 10-hit+ streak to 13 games, but sadly most of those hits just ended up for naught, as I will once again mention that they could buy RBI when there was someone on.
Now then, it’s time for the Scott Olsen Mugshot Memorial Award!
And game 2′s “winner” is…
Fish just couldn’t get it down in this one, not on the mound and not in the box. But you know what they say, it’s hard to sweep a double header.
Note: Nick Johnson left game 1 with a strained hamstring and is (facepalm) day-to-day. Hopefully it’s not too bad.