Miami Marlins dwarf Giants for ninth consecutive game in San Francisco
06/22/2013 2:12 AM
07/31/2014 5:15 PM
Some things just can’t be explained.
The last-place Marlins set a franchise record on Friday by winning their ninth consecutive game at AT&T Park, home of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
That’s right. The Marlins have ruled the Giants’ roost since 2010.
On Friday, the suddenly energized Marlins dealt the Giants a 6-3 defeat and improved their record for June to 10-8.
Logan Morrison homered for the first time since July 6 of last season and also drove in another run with a triple as the Marlins defeated the Giants in front of 41,490 flabbergasted fans.
After all, how could a team that has finished last the previous two seasons and presently owns the worst record in the majors dominate the Giants — the World Series winners two of the past three seasons — so thoroughly in their home park?
The Marlins once won eight in a row at Nationals Park in Washington. But that was back when the Nationals were wretched. The Giants, though struggling a bit this season, aren’t exactly pushovers.
Then again, the Marlins aren’t playing poorly these days.
They’ve gone 5-3 in a run of eight games against the team with the best record in the majors (the St. Louis Cardinals), the frontrunners in the N.L. West (Arizona Diamondbacks) and the Giants.
The Marlins on Friday didn’t even receive their usually stellar pitching performance from Ricky Nolasco, who has never lost at AT&T Park, yet managed to still win.
Nolasco owned a 4-0 mark and ridiculously low 0.87 ERA in games he had started in San Francisco, but labored for much of Friday’s game and left with two outs in the sixth after giving up three runs on nine hits.
And then there was Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins’ rookie outfielder.
He failed to catch a fly ball fifth that allowed a run to score for the Giants and give them a 3-1 lead. But he made up for it later, throwing out Andres Torres at third when the Giants hitters tried to stretch his double into a triple, and drove in a run in each the sixth and eighth innings.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Ozuna ate “four or five” In-N-Out burgers just before batting practice. Ozuna claimed the number was actually three, along with three chocolate chip cookies.
“I told him after the game, because I think he had about four or five In-N-Out burgers, I said maybe that was the reason he couldn’t catch that ball,” Redmond said laughing. “But I said you got a big hit, so I’ve forgotten about it already.”
Ozuna came off the bench on Thursday to drive in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit single.
The Marlins jumped on Tim Lincecum in the first when Morrison homered for the first time since last July. Morrison’s homer landed in the arcade in right.
His night didn’t end there, either.
With the Marlins trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Morrison laced a two-out RBI triple into the gap in right center and then scored the tying run on Ozuna’s infield single, which kicked off Lincecum’s right heel.
Lincecum isn’t the pitcher he was in his glory years when he won back-to-back Cy Young Awards. But he still managed to complete seven Friday.
It was the Giants’ bullpen that failed to come through, as the Marlins batted around in the eighth, scoring three runs on four different Giants reliever.
Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos was the pitcher of record and notched his first major-league victory. Steve Cishek worked the ninth, recording his 12th save when he retired Buster Posey with runners at second and third for the final out.
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