In anticipation of bad weather brought on by hurricane Irene, the Marlins made a late decision to play a double-header Wednesday rather than finishing up the series Thursday. So, in front of roughly 11 people, the Marlins and Reds kicked off game one at Sun Life Stadium Wednesday at 4:10 PM.
Despite the lack of supporters there to, well, support him, Logan Morrison made his triumphant return to the lineup after being demoted ten days ago, and sufficiently rubbed it in the faces of the powers that be as he had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice to help the Fish bring their six-game losing skid to a halt.
Javier Vazquez had a good start for the Marlins, striking out 11 and allowing three runs over seven innings. Javy gave up two runs in the third inning when Homer Bailey led off with a double, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to put the Reds in the lead.
Bailey nearly matched Vazquez’s performance on the mound, going seven innings and allowing three runs of his own. The Marlins took the lead in the fourth when LoMo led off with a solo shot, Mike Stanton doubled, and Jose Lopez went deep to put the Marlins on top 3-2.
The Reds tied up the game in the next inning when Javy walked Edgar Renteria to lead off the frame, and Brandon Phillips doubled him home.
Jose Arredondo replaced Bailey in the eighth inning, and the Fish scored three times to regain a comfy lead. Emilio Bonifacio tripled and scored on a single by Infante to make it 4-3, and after LoMo added a single, Greg Dobbs doubled in both runners to put the Marlins up 6-3.
Wait, did I say "comfy" lead? It was only comfy until Edward Mujica entered in the ninth and gave up a double to Drew Stubbs and a two-run homer to Todd Frazier to bring the Reds within one.
But Mujica got the hook after he walked Yonder Alonso with only one out, and Steve Cishek took over on the mound to earn the second save of his Big League career and preserve the ever-elusive win for the Fish.
Game Two: Marlins 2, Reds 3
Chris Volstad struggled in the opening inning, as he usually does, giving up four straight hits to the Reds to start the game. After Brandon Phillips and Fred Lewis singled, Joey Votto hit an RBI single to put the Reds up 1-0. Jay Bruce followed with a run-scoring double to make it 2-0.
In the third, Volstad gave up his customary long ball, another solo shot by Votto to put Cincinnati up 3-0.
Bronson Arroyo had a much better evening on the mound. He allowed six hits through eight scoreless innings before Francisco Cordero came in to close out the game.
The Marlins weren’t prepared to go down without a fight, and scored two runs off of the closer. Stanton reached on an error and scored on Greg Dobbs’ RBI double. Gaby Sanchez followed with a single to bring the Fish within a run, but Cordero got the final two outs without further incident, and the Reds took game two.