The Miami Marlins came out on the wrong side of a slug-fest last night as Marlins Park gave up an unprecedented eight home runs in a 5-3 Rockies win. Marlins hitters accounted for three of those dingers, and went back-to-back for the first time this season in the first inning.
The second of the back-to-back home runs was hit by Giancarlo Stanton, his first since May 24th. The slugger showed vast improvements at the plate in the four-game series against Colorado, going 8-for-16 with only three strikeouts.
Solo home runs have accounted for all of the runs in a game of baseball many times. In fact, the MLB record of five runs, all via solo shots, had been achieved seven times. However, last night in Miami was something else.
Almost forgotten because of the bevy of home runs, Paul Clemens made his first start for the Marlins last night in what would be a no-decision. Who is Paul Clemens, and why did Miami decide to call him up to the majors?
Links concerning Justin Nicolino, Ichiro, and Pete Rose’s opinion on Ichiro’s historic feat can be found here.
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The game was supposed to be the first ever duel between Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg, but the latter was scratched with an upper back strain. He is listed as day-to-day.
While sticking to his decision to retire, David Ortiz has said that he regrets making a public announcement before the season. The Red Sox great has been under intense media attention since Opening Day.