Four runs in the first three innings was surprisingly enough for the Miami Marlins to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of a four-game series. The Marlins wrapped it up winning 6-2 in a Thursday matinee.
1. Johnson solid: Josh Johnson came into Thursday’s game losing his last four decisions and not recording a win since Aug. 3. Thursday, however, Johnson threw seven innings of two-run ball striking out seven Brewers’ batters and walking only three. Johnson picked up his eighth win of the season.
2. Hit parade: The Marlins were able to rack up 12 hits on the Brewers, seven hits off of Brewers starter Marco Estrada. Second baseman Donovan Solano was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the game as it looked like he had the best day out of any Marlins batter. Greg Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
3. Bullpen holds it down: The Marlins bullpen has been an absolute mess this season and every game it is a different turn of events. One day the bullpen blows a one-run or two-run lead and the next day the ‘pen could be very solid. Thursday, the Fish’s bullpen was extremely solid as it had a nice cushion two-run cushion to work with in the top of the eighth. Heath Bell would strike out one and give up a hit then in the ninth with a four-run cushion, Steve Cishek was able to close it out nicely.
This seems like a morale victory of sorts. A victory to keep the Marlins’ heads focused as the season is coming to an end. Friday starts a three-game set with the Washington Nationals on the road. Jacob Turner (0-2, 6.55 ERA) will face off against Stephen Strasburg (15-6, 2.94 ERA) in his second-to-last start this season. The Marlins got the best of Strasburg in the last game they faced him, maybe they could conjure some magic to give Turner his first win as a Fish.
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