The Miami Marlins were able to finally get their first win of the season against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday night 8-3. Ricky Nolasco got his first win of the season behind 12 Marlin hits in the game. Reds’ Mat Latos was tagged with the loss.
Hanley Ramirez was 0-for-8 coming into the game and finally woke up. Ramirez blased a home run to center field in the seventh inning off of Sam LeCure. Ramirez finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks. Teammate Giancarlo Stanton woke up as well going 3-for-5 with three RBIs including a double.
The Marlins were clicking on all cylinders and were manufacturing runs. Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio stole two bases and scored twice all along going 2-for-4. Shorstop Jose Reyes was alive too. Reyes stole one base, scored once and mustered one hit in the game as well.
Nolasco was on top of his game tonight doing something that neither Josh Johnson nor Mark Buehlre could do in the previous two games and that was win. Nolasco lasted eight innings and struck out five batters and only allowed three earned runs. He did give up two home runs in the game though. He gave up one to Joey Votto in the fourth and Zack Cozart in the eighth.
Miami is set to end the three-game series on Easter sending Carlos Zambrano to the mound to face off against Bronson Arroyo. Zambrano is 17-11 with a 3.28 ERA against the Reds in the past 10 years. Hopefully, he continues the nice trend and the Marlins can get back to .500 on the season.