HOUSTON,TX- APRIL 9 : Pitcher Javier Vasquez #23 of the Florida Marlins pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros in a MLB baseball game on April 9, 2011 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Marlins won 4 to 3. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images)
Well the good news is that Javier Vazquez wasn't quite as terrible in his second start as he was in his first. I mean, at least he lasted longer than 2 1/3 innings. Javy allowed four runs on eight hits through six innings on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, and got his first win as a Marlin.
If his pitching continues to improve at the current pace, I'd say we can expect Javy to look like Cy Young by mid-May.
Here's how game two of the series at MMP went down:
The Astros grabbed the lead in the first when Angel Sanchez and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back doubles. In the second, Bill Hall doubled and scored on a double from Bud Norris, who decided to help out his own cause (even though Vazquez seemed to be helping it enough for the both of them). An RBI single from Sanchez made it 3-1, Astros.
The Marlins got on the board in the second inning, and missed a major opportunity against Norris when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Mike Stanton and Gaby Sanchez walked, and Gregg Dobbs singled to load 'em up, but the Fish could only manage to squeeze one run out of the situation. John Buck struck out swinging before Donnie Murphy grounded out to score a run, and Vazquez grounded out to end the inning.
Javy settled down for a few innings before giving up a fourth run in in the fifth on another RBI hit from Hunter Pence. And then the Fish decided to turn things around.
In the top of the sixth, Logan Morrison singled and scored on a double by Mike Stanton, and Dobbs followed that with a two-run shot to to tie the game at 4. Next inning, the Fish took the lead off of Fernando Abad, who gave up back-to-back-to-back doubles to Wes Helms, Chris Coghlan, and Omar Infante to give the Marlins a 6-4 lead.
The Fish scored again in the eighth off of Enerio Del Rosario. Gaby Sanchez reached on an error, and Dobbs doubled him home to make it 7-4. But in the bottom of the inning, the Astros got the run back against Clay Hensley. Carlos Lee doubled and Brett Wallace singled him in to put Houston within two.
Leo Nunez closed it down for his third save of the season, and the Marlins have taken the series in Houston.
The Marlins are getting really good at coming from behind. After opening day, all four of the their wins have been of the come-back variety. Don't know whether to rejoice that they're overcoming the deficits, or worry about their luck running out.