After a long winter of waiting, a new baseball season is finally upon us.
Justin Upton homered and had three RBIs, Jason Heyward drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Friday night for their third straight win.
The Miami Marlins made their first visit of the season to Wrigley Field on Friday for a late-afternoon ballgame with the Chicago Cubs. In a game that was dominated by pitching for the majority of the day, the Cubs defeated the Miami 5-3 thanks to a 2-run homerun by Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the 13th.
Last November, the Miami Marlins decided to disassemble most of the team in a massive trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Marlins dumped almost every big name and contract to the Blue Jays in exchange for prospects and pundits pounced. But the Marlins may have the last laugh.
The Miami Marlins may not be done with the dumping of salary ahead this week. According to the New York Post, right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco is the “next to go.”
The Marlins expected to field a one-two base running punch with Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio this year, but injuries have prevented that. Now, Bonifacio has been shut down the year, according to the Palm Beach Post.
When he’s been on the field, Marlins speedster Emilio Bonifacio has been quite an addition. But, for the second time this year, Bonifacio is headed to the disabled list.
While the Miami Marlins have been relegated to the back pages of sports sections thanks to football being back; the Fish do have one player who is making noise with a hitting streak that’s now reached 25 games.
The Marlins couldn’t get the big hit and then Mother Nature ended their night. Starlin Castro homered and the Chicago Cubs batted around in a four-run seventh inning to beat Miami 5-1 in a rain-shortened game Wednesday night.
Marlins star Hanley Ramirez was rewarded in the series finale against the Washington Nationals, smacking a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win Monday night to split the four-game series.