Sunday, June 30, 2013
Overview: The Fish won both games of a short two game set against the Twins and took two of three from the Padres this weekend.
Positives: #MONSTERDONG return, and looks like he's here to stay1. The club has been playing some surprisingly good baseball. They've won seven of nine and fourteen total in the month of June (eclipsing the previous two months combined).
Negatives: This category has been overloaded for a while. We'll leave it vacant this week.
Line of the Week: Jacob Turner threw a gem and did so in such efficient manner that he actually completed the game. The Diehards approve of a No Closer Necessary ballgame.
W, CG, 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K
Highlight of the Week: WalkoffGranny.exe
I always loved the walk-off grand slam because it's usually so unnecessary. This was the quintessential situation. Not only was the game tied, so three runs are absolutely superfluous, but there was only one out. Mathis' fly could have landed literally 100 feet shorter and it still probably would've resulted in a win, however there's nothing greater than the crowd/celebration awaiting at home plate after a game-ending blast.
Looking Ahead: They play one more against San Diego tomorrow. I never understood the four-game set overlapping into the following week. After that they hit the road for three in Atlanta and three in St. Louis.
1In Marlins terms, so at least until November