May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) pitches the ball against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Hero of the Game: Ryan Webb (.238 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Edward Mujica (-.278 WPA)
The Marlins are on a roll people. Another win in May places them a season high five games over .500. The team is winning in a different way every night. For a second night in a row, they got off to a rough start. But they stayed the course, and got Ricky Nolasco his 69th career win as a Marlin. He is now the club's all-time leader in wins. Plus, Heath Bell gets another save. April is a distant memory.
Nolasco Does Enough
- Ricky pitches six innings in the win. He gives up four runs and allows eight hits. He does record six strike outs while only giving up one base on balls. His record now improves to 5-2. The team picked him up early after he gave up three runs in the top of the first. The Marlins scored two runs themselves in the bottom half. That was a huge confidence boost as it looked early on that Nolasco would struggle. The Marlins have now won another series with the rubber game coming up on Wednesday night.
Hanley and Giancarlo Get Offensive
- The two stars go five for ten on the night, while driving in three runs. Both guys have now driven in 29 runs on the season (remember Stanton has done this in the bottom part of the order). And slowly but surely, their averages are climbing (Hanley is now up to .250). Regardless of how many things are going right for the Marlins at this point in time, they would not be where they are now if not for these two guys. They intimidate the opposing pitcher, while adding pop throughout the line up.
Bell Saves Another
- Heath Bell now has seven saves after his latest Tuesday night. Where is all the Juan Carlos Oviedo talk now? While Bell has not been dominant, he has allowed the Marlins to use Cishek and Choate in earlier innings to strengthen the bullpen. Again, April is a distant memory for this club. Bring out the brooms tonight!