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AnibalAfter losing to the Nationals 3-2 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday, the Marlins were able to the sweep by winning 8-0 on Sunday thanks in large part to Anibal and Gaby Sanchez.  Anibal Sanchez continued his great pitching form Sun Life Stadium pitching seven innings of shut out ball, striking out a career-high 11 batters.  Anibal had a no hitter going into the seventh before allowing two hits, and he only allowed three base runners in seven innings.  The other Sanchez, Gaby Sanchez, did hit part to care the Marlins offense.  Gaby went 4-4 with a home run, three runs, three RBIs, and a walk.  Gaby Scored the first two runs of the day for the Marlins doubling in the second and fourth and both times scored on hits by Greg Dobbs, who went 3-3.  The only Sanchez not to perform for the Marlins today was Brian Sanches who did not get out of the bullpen today.

The win stopped the Marlins three game losing streak and kept them on pace with the best start in team history, 20-13.  The Marlins being able to score eight runs on 13 hits was big for the Marlins who had struggled from the plate in their three losses.  The Marlins had only 7 total runs in the last three games with the team hitting 16-92 (.174), and the top 5 in the Marlins order were even worse.  Chris Coghlan, Emilio Bonifacio, Hanley Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton in the Marlins 3 game losing streak were 5-54 (.093).  The only players that hit the ball consistently were John Buck, who has hit the ball well the last week and a half, and Greg Dobbs.  Combined Dobbs and Buck went 8-18, and Dobbs only played in two of the three games.  

Gaby_n_BuckThe Marlins poor plate appearances from Ricky Nolasco and Chris Volstad in the first two games of this series versus the Nationals.  Nolasco yesterday pitched seven innings giving up two runs on six hits, two walks and striking out 11.  More impressively Chris Volstad pitched six innings, giving up three runs, eight hits with one walk, and  four of those hits and two runs came in the first inning off of Volstad.

Had the Marlins been able to to get some timely hits then they would have had a chance to sweep this series.  The Marlins suffered from their in ability to score runners in scoring position, misreading signs from third, and several fielding errors.  Meanwhile the Nationals on the other hand were able to get several sac flies to sore runners on third and they also played very well from the field, especially second baseman Danny Espinosa who had some great plays in the field.

The Marlins are now playing host to the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Marlins, who are 2.5 games behind the Phillies currently with Philadelphia set to take on the Braves on Sunday Night Baseball, will have a chance to either share or take over the lead in the NL East if they can get the sweep.

  • Monday 7:10-- Javier Vazquez vs. Joe Blanton
  • Tuesday 7:10-- Josh Johnson vs. Roy Halladay
  • Wednesday 7:10-- Ricky Nolasco vs. Cliff Lee