Henderson Alvarez pitched like he had a hot date later as he made quick work of the overmatched Seattle Mariners, throwing a complete game 2-hit shutout in only 90 pitches in a David Samson-approved 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Perfect through the first five innings, it appeared that Alvarez may have re-discovered his no-hit form that he used to close out the 2013 season against the Detroit Tigers. Mariner left fielder Dustin Ackley broke up the no-no by leading off the sixth inning with a clean single over the infield. He was promptly erased, however, as catcher Mike Zunino grounded into a double play. Alvarez would only give up one additional hit-- a ninth inning double by Zunino that barely caught the edge of third base as it bounded into left field foul territory. Undeterred by this minor setback, Alvarez promptly retired pinch hitter Nick Franklin and Abraham Almonte before receiving two shaving cream pies to the face at the hands of Jose Fernandez.
Not wanting Alvarez to get all the attention on Saturday night, Marcell Ozuna, Adeiny Hechavarria and Donovan Solano all collected multiple hits, including Ozuna's historic three-run homer in the sixth inning (historic in that it was the first homer in the 2+ year history of Marlins Park that splash landed in the Clevelander pool on the fly). This was Hechavarria's fourth game this season with three or more hits, raising his average to .319. Christian Yelich also extended his hitting streak to a lucky 13 games with a mammoth double off the wall in his first at bat. Giancarlo Stanton had no hits or RBIs in this game, which, given the season he's had so far, is newsworthy.
The Marlins will be looking for the sweep on Easter Sunday before starting a series against the Atlanta Braves where they will look to improve an abysmal 1-8 record against NL East opponents.