|Billy impales Don Shula's arrogant head during the ceremonial opening pitch at legendary Florida Stadium|
A pitchers' duel all the way to the end, both Vogelsong and Kennedy pitched gems. Mar got on the board on an unearned run, after a Ryan TheRiot error put a man on, and later that inning, was scored by a Starlin Castro single. Things got rough for Mar in the 8th, after he had pulled his starter the inning prior. Ernesto Friereri had a rough one in relief, walking Prince and McCann, and then allowing a game-tying RBI-single from Chris Heisey. To add insult to injury, after getting his 2nd out, Friereri gave up a 3-run blast to Ryan TheRiot (of the 3-point HR zone vs. RHPs). With the game 4-1, Torto unleashed closer Sergio Romo who got thru the 9th unscathed.
Torto W 4-1
Game 2: J.Karstens @ J.Collmenter
Another pitchers' duel up front, this one got wild at the end. Torto plated a run in the 2nd (McCann RBI-double), and again in the 5th (RBI single by TheRiot). Up 2-0, things got away from Mar in the 8th again, with Ernest Friereri on the mound again. A nightmarish inning, in this sequence - Out, BB, SB, 1B, HR (Prince), BB, 2B, 2B, Out, 1B, Out. That mess lead to 6 runs, and an 8-0 deficit for Mario in the 9th. With Matt Belisle on the mound, Mar made game of things, rattling off 6-runs of his own and batting around in order before Starlin Castro cost him his final out.
Torto W 8-6
Game 3: R.A.Dickey @ H.Kuroda
Yet another pitchers' duel, but this one held thru to the end. The story here was Hiroki Kuroda, as he went 8 dominant innings, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk. The Marlins got 3-runs off a solid Rah Dickey performance, allowing only an RBI-double by Rollins, and solo HRs by Chris Heisey and Lucas Duda. Romo slammed the 1-2-3 door in the 9th.
Torto W 3-0
Torto wins series 3-0.
Some Marlins fun-facts in this young season:
- Ryan Theriot and his two game-winning HRs already has him outplaying his paygrade massively
- Mike Stanton continues to struggle, but cut down his K-rate, only striking out twice in these 3 games
- Prince's power is 'as-advertised', with 4 HRs in 9 games
- The front 4 starters have been phenomenal, with the worst ERA coming in at 2.51 from Josh Collmenter