Marcell Ozuna showed no ill effects of his collision with Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday afternoon as he homered to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Justin Bour also went yard, and Adam Conley only gave up one run over six innings in the win.
The two flashes of power overshadowed a lingering issue for Miami, though, as 12 baseunners were stranded over the course of the game and the team went 2-10 with runners in scoring position. The Marlins own a MLB-best .313 batting average with the bases empty, but that number drops to .256 with runners on second and/or third.
Adam Conley returned to the win column last night after his rough outing against Milwaukee at home, and preventing Philadelphia from stealing bases was key.
For the fourth time in his career, Jose Fernandez has been named the NL player of the week. After posting 22 strikeouts in 14 innings while allowing only one run, Miami's ace returned to the realm of elite pitchers.
Even though the Marlins have remained over .500 for the past few weeks now, they still have a losing record against the NL East, and that has to change if they are to seriously challenge for the playoffs.
Various links about Miami's improving farm system and Don Mattingly's positive impact on the clubhouse can be found here.
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