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Late Rally Sinks Marlins at Fenway
Posted By Steve Perrault On Jun 22 2012 @ 2:04 am In Florida Marlins | No Comments
The struggling Marlins kept falling Thursday as they couldn’t hold on to a two run lead late to lose to the Red Sox, completing Boston’s sweep of the series. Miami wrapped up their six-game road trip with a 1-5 record and will return home for a nine-game homestand that begins Friday against the Blue Jays.
The Marlins have nothing to blame but poor pitching for their 13th loss in 15 games. The bullpen surrendered three runs in the eighth, led by a two-run home run tossed up by reliever Edward Mujica to Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. This was followed by an RBI single by outfielder Daniel Nava that put Boston ahead for good.
“We’ve got to fight through it,” said manager Ozzie Guillen. “I think everybody has to step it up and do more, because we need that.”
Guillen expressed feelings that were shared by Miami’s president and CEO Jeffrey Loria, as he held a closed-door meeting with the club before Thursday’s game that lasted roughly 15 minutes. Whatever was said in that meeting didn’t change anything on the field, as the Marlins are now 4-14 in the month of June and stand eight games behind the Nationals for first place in the N.L. East.
The offense doesn’t seem to be the problem for Miami, as they scored five runs for the third time in as many nights. Three of these runs came in the first inning, proving that their late inning bats continued to go silent for the road trip.
Carlos Zambrano had a chance to win his first game in three starts, but that went out the window in the eighth. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in five innings. He walked four, hit two batters and struck out three. Zambrano threw 101 pitches in his five innings of work, putting the bullpen in a tough situation for the rest of the game.
On the bright side, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a 1-20 slump with a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning off Sox hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka over the Green Monster. This was Stanton’s 15th home run of the year, as he looks to turn things around heading closer to the All-Star break.
“We’ve just got to play relaxed,” said Stanton. “Today we jumped up with those three runs and still kind of felt a little shaky. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey we got this.’ The result ended that way. I’m not worried about losing this many games or playing this bad.”
The Marlins hand the ball to Anibel Sanchez on Friday to try and stop the bleeding, but they face a tough task in opposing pitcher Ricky Romero, as he has not lost a game since May 13th.
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