Florida Marlins Tank in Series With Texas Rangers
Game 1 -- Rangers 3, Marlins 2: Matt Treanor's revenge! Former Marlin Matt Treanor came in to pinch-hit for Texas in the ninth, hitting a triple that handed the Marlins the loss and ruined Josh Johnson's stellar night. It's always the former players and their reprisal-filled agendas! JJ walked off the mound having pitched seven innings, giving up only one run and mowing down seven. Of course, the story of Florida's journey into the Magical World of Suck continues to be the bullpen. This time it was Leo Nuñez who coughed up the win. And when Leo Nuñez is the guy coughing up wins, this team is in major trouble.
Game 2 -- Rangers 6, Marlins 3: Josh Hamilton had a four-hit night, including a towering home run that is just now passing Alpha Centauri. Anibal Sanchez continued his string of solid outings, pitching six good innings and giving up only one run. But then, in the seventh inning -- *record scratch!* -- the bullpen took over. No need to further expound on what happened after that.
Game 3 -- Rangers 6, Marlins 4: Marlins pitchers lead the majors in errors, with 13 so far this season. The Fish were up 3-1 in the fifth when starter Ricky Nolasco went "yikes and away!" with an errant throw to third base. The error led to a Texas rally that led to the 4-3 go-ahead score for the Rangers. Hanley Ramirez went hitless in his two chances to bring runners in scoring position home, and the bullpen did that thing where it gives up runs in droves. The Rangers whipped out the brooms and completed the sweep.
Highlights: Chris Coghlan continues to hit the ball and drive in runs. The bad news: He doesn't pitch.
Lowlights: The entire series was one giant crapfest. You know things aren't going well when Leo Nuñez gives up leads. Even worse when Renyel Pinto makes an appearance.
Up next: The Marlins host the Tampa Bay Rays at Sun Life Stadium. The team will hand out vuvuzelas at Saturday's game. Because watching the bullpen blow more leads is more fun when is sounds like you're being attacked by a swarm of wasps!