Fish Wrap: Marlins 6, Pirates 0

No, you are not having déjà vu.

For the second night in a row, the Marlins shut out the Pirates, and scored half a dozen runs in the process.

I'm tempted to just copy and paste last night's recap here. But I won't.

Ricky Nolasco was fantastic. He shut out Pittsburgh through seven innings, and allowed only four hits, while striking out 8 (just one K shy of JJ's total on Tuesday). The end result was the first back-to-back shutouts for the Marlins since July of last year. 

Charlie Morton decided to go another direction with his start. As in, the opposite direction of fantastic. He had a rough night, and lasted just five innings against the Fish, giving up six runs on ten hits while striking out three.

The Marlins scored four of their runs in the second inning. With two out, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio hit back-to-back singles, and Morton walked Ricky Nolasco to load up the bases. Coghlan hit a slow ground ball to second that plated Buck, and Neil Walker hesitated on his throw to first, allowing Cogz to reach safely, and Bonispeedio beat the throw home, to make it 2-0.

Next, Omar Infante singled to center, and Jose Tabata's bobble allowed Ricky to score, which he did in very dramatic fashion, somersaulting at the plate and nearly giving us all heart attacks. But Ricky was fine, and Hanley added an RBI single to plate Cogz and put the FIsh on top 4-0.

In the third, the Marlins would add two more runs. Greg Dobbs singled to lead off the inning, and Mike Stanton walked. Both moved up 90 feet when Morton threw a wild pitch, and both scored on back-to-back RBI singles from Cogz and Hanley.

It was a nice night offensively for Coghlan, who was 2-for-5, scoring one run and driving in three. Bonifacio had a good game at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

After the third inning and their sixth run, the Marlins let their bats take a rest, which I am pretty positive was an attempt to duplicate Tuesday night's score exactly. And they succeeded.

Former Fish Chris Resop threw two scoreless innings in relief of Morton, and Evan Meek pitched a scoreless eighth. Edward Mujica put in two solid innings of his own in relief of Ricky, and for the second night in a row the Marlins beat the Pirates with six runs and a combined shutout. 

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