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First 3 games at the new Marlins ballpark!
- Updated: March 8, 2012
Finally the moment all Marlins fans have been dying for. The first 3 games at the new marlins ballpark!
Belen Vs. Columbus
March 5th was the first ever game at the Marlins new ballpark. The battle between two high school teams: Belen Jesuit versus Christopher Columbus High.
Brent Diaz, a 15 year old catcher for the Columbus High made history during this game. As he hit the first EVER home run at Marlins Park.
“I tried putting a good swing on it, and sometimes you get lucky in baseball,” Diaz said.
That solo shot by Brent Diaz ruined the chances for the Belen Jesuit to make a possible comeback. Columbus ended up beating Belen 6 to 4.
Marlins vs Canes
This was the first ever game for Marlins at their very own NEW ballpark. Because of grey clouds, the roof was closed 30 minutes before the game started.
The pitching match up was Mark Buehrle (Marlin) and Alex Fernadez Jr (University of Miami). Yes, this is ex-Marlins player, Alex Fernandez’s son.
Mark Buehrle started out well by pitching scoreless innings in the first 2 and he struck out 3 batters. Buehrle got pounded in the 3rd inning, as the University of Miami managed to score 3 runs. Part of the bullpen, Elih Villanueva and Ryan Webb, together gave up 3 runs, but the rest of pen was very successful.
In the fourth inning, Hanley Ramirez hit the first ever home run by a Marlins’ player in the new Marlins Park! Later in the 9th inning, Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich also was part of history. He hit a RBI single to right field to tie the game at 6. The next batter, Terry Tiffee hit the game-winning single to right field. And that’s how the Marlins won their first game at Marlins Park. The final score was 7 to 6.
This game was the last game at Marlins Park until they play again in a exhibition games on April 1st & 2nd against the New York Yankees. The Marlins played against Florida International University’s Golden Panthers.
Ricky Nolasco was the starting pitcher for the Marlins. He pitched 3 scoreless innings and struck out 3 on 31 pitches. The Marlins bullpen was also great, by only giving up 1 run and which was the only run scored for the Golden Panthers. Heath Bell made his first appearance as a Marlins player. He was very solid, pitching one inning with 1 K. Daniel Jennings was the reliever that gave up a run, which was in the 6th inning but the rest of the bullpen performed very solid.
The offense started early for the Marlins. Jose Reyes singled in his first at-bat at the new ballpark. Emilio Bonifacio singled to left and Reyes managed to get to third base. Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton grounded to a 6 to 4 to 5 double play, but Reyes scored and that was the first run for the fish. Later in the 3rd, Bonifacio hit a 2-run homerun to right field to make the score 3 to 0. Bonifacio ended up going 3 for 3. Catcher Brett Hayes was also in the party, he hit a 2 RBI single. And that’s how the Miami Marlins defeated Florida International University Golden Panthers 5 to 1.
Note: As you may notice, at every game there was a homerun. This makes it pretty clear that Marlins park is a hitters’ park.