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A Tough St. Patrick’s Day for the Marlins
- Updated: March 17, 2012
The Marlins had 2 games today, having to split the team into 2 squads. One squad played in Viera, Fla against the Washington Nationals and the other squad played in Jupiter against the Minnesota Twins.
The Miami Marlins tied the Nationals 1-1 in Viera, Fla.
In the first inning, Chad Tracy grounded out with the bases loaded, but he drove in Danny Espinosa to give the Nationals the lead.
Tom Koehler was the starter for the fish and pitched 2 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 1 strike out.
Later in the 6th inning, Miami Marlins catcher John Buck batted a solo shot to right field off Washington reliever Rafael Martin to tie up the game to 1.
Steve Cishek, Alex Sanabia, Robert Ray and Sandy Rosario all had scoreless appearances from the bullpen.
The Marlins offense left a total of 8 players on base and were 0-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Miami Marlins 5 to 2.
In the 1st inning, Twins’ third baseman Danny Valencia hit a solo home run in the first to give his team the lead.
Ricky Nolasco started the game for the Marlins and threw 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 3 stuck outs in 73 pitches which 46 for strikes.
Later in the 5th inning, Hanley Ramirez belted a 2-run home run off Ex-Marlin Carl Pavano. Hanley is having an excellent spring by hitting .474 with 2 homers in 19 at bats.
In the last 2 inning, the Marlins’ bullpen starts to get shaky and gives up a total of 3 runs.
The Twins were up by 3 and the fish couldn’t get a rally going in the 9th. The Twins ended up defeating the Marlins 5 to 2.
Notes The Marlins had gone 18 straight innings without a run until Hanley’s homer off Carl Pavano.
Next Game The Marlins will play against the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter. Marlins will go with Carlos Zambrano to start the game.