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Fish Wrap - Marlins 4, Brewers 0

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Finally, the Marlins showed some signs of life on Saturday and ended up winning the third game of series.  Though, while the offense did some situational hitting and then added on, the night belong to Chris Volstad and the bullpen.

But before Volstad ever took the mound the offensive spotted him the lead.  In the first, Cameron Maybin led off with a single to center.  Then after one out, he stole second easily.  You know, that speed kills thing.  Then Logan Morrison hit a routine one hop single to right, but the Brewers had no chance at getting Maybin at the plate.  But that didn't keep them from trying... they failed.  After a half inning, the score was Marlins 1, Brewers 0.

This would be all Volstad would need.  However, the offensive realizing they aren't exactly an airtight unit in the field added on some more runs.  But that wouldn't happen until late in the game.

Brewers starter Chris Narveson settled down after the first inning and shut the Marlins down until the seventh when Mike Stanton hit a no doubter to left field to double the Marlins run total.  Volstad, with one out, doubled to left to end Narveson's night.  Todd Coffey sprinted in from the bullpen to come on in relief.  Normally, I wouldn't even mention this since it isn't germane to the game, but it was sight to behold when they opened the bullpen door and Coffey broke out of the gate like a thoroughbred running the Kentucky Derby.  Anyway, he did his job and struck out Maybin for the final out of the inning.

The Marlins would add two more runs to the total, thanks to Ozzie Martinez, Gaby Sanchez and Scott Cousins.  Cousins hit his second pinch-hit triple in two games.  He owns the right field corner in Miller Park.

All of the above is well and good, but this was Chris Volstad's night.  Chris was simply outstanding.  He pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball, walking no one and spreading out six hits with all of them being harmless singles.

Volstad ran into a bit of a jam in the seventh when with one out Prince Fielder fisted a hit into shallow right.  Lorenzo Cain batting with two outs hit a routine multi-hopper to center to move Fielder, base clogger extraordinaire, to second.  Former Marlin, who has a really cool first name, Craig Counsell singled to right to load the bases.  That would end Volstad's night.  Jose Veras came on in relief and did what he is pretty good at doing and ended the inning by getting George Kottaras to line out to center stranding the runners.

Leo Nunez pitched a perfect eighth and Clay Hensley closed out the game.

The Marlins are now back to .500.  There is one more to play in the series and the Marlins have the chance of leaving the way they came in, with a winning record.