Well, there aren’t many times when going 2-for-4 with a run scored can be seen as a disappointing day at the plate, but for those watching today’s Marlins game hoping for a seventh straight game with a home run for Giancarlo Stanton, disappointing it was.
However, if your goal was to see a Marlins win, you got what you wanted.
Behind a three-RBI day from Tomás Telis and five solid innings from José Ureña, the Marlins defeated the Giants 8-1 to give them the series win and bring them to within three games of .500.
Ureña gave up no earned runs while scattering seven hits, to go to record of 11-5 on the season.
The Fish came out swinging today against Giants starter Matt Cain. They put up a four spot in the first inning behind a two-RBI double for Thomas Telis to take an early lead 4-0.
Telis struck again in the third inning against Cain by pulling a grounder through the infield and into right field to score Derek Dietrich who had just tripled to right-center.
RBI singles from Mike Aviles and Ichiro in the fifth and an RBI single from Miguel Rojas in the seventh would complete the scoring for Miami. The Marlins bullpen combination of Ellington, Guerra and Ziegler held the Giants to only one hit over the last four innings to seal the win.
Despite the no home run day, Stanton noted that that he is shooting for a magic number this season. "When you grow up watching all the old films of Babe Ruth and [Mickey] Mantle and those guys, 61 has always been that printed number," Stanton said.
We can all hope that he reaches that goal and makes this season one for the history books. For now, the Marlins will have a day off tomorrow and go to New York to play the Mets Friday night.
Turning Point: The big first inning from the Marlins
King Fish: Tomás Telis filling in admirably for Justin Bour at first
Flounder: Matt Cain, Giants starter