"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." - Dorothy Gale
These here Miami Marlins are smoking hot, have won 10 of their last 11 ballgames. At 15-12, they are three games above .500 for the first time since June of 2014. They are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies (who, by the way, are up next on the schedule) for the second wild card spot in the National League. They are four back from the division leading, second best record in baseball holding Washington Nationals (who, by the way, play the best record holding in baseball Chicago Cubs next). It's a good time to be a Fish fan.
So, about this game...
- Adam Conley threw 88 pitches through five and a third's inning, giving up a scant two hits and a walk whilst striking out six. Oh yeah, and no runs. Again. That would be now 14 consecutive innings of shutout baseball. Conley is arguably the most exciting development about the 2016 Marlins; his arrival has given the Marlins a legitimate 1-2-3 punch at the top of their rotation and could ellicit dreams of short series prowess in post-season play.
- But we all know that winning is about doing it on both sides of the ball, so how about the Marlins offense tonight? Derek Dietrich drove in Giancarlo Stanton (who had walked) with two outs in the second inning to put the Marlins up 1-0. After Marcell Ozuna had singled in the fourth, Chris Johnson doubled to deep right, the Marlins again scoring with two outs. 2-0 Fish.
- Christian Yelich gets his own bullet point. Yelich is putting up a robust .330/.443/.511 triple slash line. He's been on base in every game he's started this season. He homered last night. He homered tonight, a two run shot with Martin Prado on board. The score was 4-0 Marlins where it would remain.
- The Marlins back end of the pen continues to be so very effective, but before they got there tonight, Bryan Morris and the debuting (for the Marlins) Nefi Ogando pitched an inning and two third's scoreless combined, giving up but a single hit (Ogando). A.J. Ramos would strike out two in the ninth, and David Phelps came on in his now customary set-up role and struck out one, neither giving up a run. Clark Spencer had this fun tidbit about Phelps during the game on Twitter:
Phelps in for the 8th. Since taking over 8th inning duties on April 17, Phelps has gone 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 10 K #Marlins leading 2-0.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 6, 2016
- I would like to make a disclaimer about Ichiro Suzuki before I continue. Ichiro Suzuki is not Ichiro Suzuki, he is Ichiro, much like Beyoncé or Prince (RIP). He has earned the right to be called, as is his preference, by his one name which he adorns on the back of his jersey. The only reason I ever refer to the man as "Ichiro Suzuki," is to ensure that his name is linked in our articles (as the tags in SB Nation's system refer to him as such). In short, Ichiro, I mean no disrespect. Anyway, Ichiro received but a single at bat tonight, pinch hitting for David Phelps in the eighth, and was intentionally walked by Enrique Burgos
Ichiro remains at 2,947 hits, 53 shy of 3,000.
- Perhaps you are holding back from investing too much emotion into this squad, having been burned in the past. If that is the case, I have one more gem from Clark Spencer:
Should #Marlins hold on, it will mark only the 5th time in team history they have won 10 times over an 11-game stretch.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 6, 2016
The surprising Phillies come into town for a pivotal best of three, Wei-Yin Chen vs Vince Velasquez in the first game, 7:10 EST.
The good times are rolling in Miami, friends. Let's roll with them.
Hero of the game: Adam Conley (.265)
Goat of the game: Brandon Drury (-.125)
Play of the game: Chris Johnson doubling in Ozuna with two outs in the fourth (.118)