Say what you will about the Fish of Miami – they’re tough. The Marlins brass continues to feed their farm system and build winners with low salaried, tough nosed players and these current Marlins are no different. And if you saw what Marlins star Hanley Ramirez said before the series, a few of them are even sprinkled with some hot sauce and a big mouth.
Hanley backed up his big talk on Tuesday night, clobbering a Lincecum pitch way over the teal monster which tied the game at 3-3 (a game the Giants eventually won, although they were down to their final out)…and the Giants again proved their love of the dramatics, winning last night in a 3-2 affair, escaping two major jams in both the 8th and 9th innings.
Barry Zito was dominant again, but Bruce Bochy appeared to have ridden his horse a bit too long in the Miami heat. A few solid singles along with a squibber and the untouchable Barry Zito we saw for 7 innings was struggling heavily. After the Marlins plated their first run, Bochy had seen enough and decided to bring in Sergio Romo to face Dylan, “I spit hot fiyah” Hanley Ramirez who was made to look silly by the Giants reliever. Romo’s movement was off the charts as his slider started about a foot inside, as if it had intentions of hitting the batter, and ended up about 2 1/2 feet outside, a few inches above the dirt. Simply filthy. Nasty.
Romo got out of the 8th, not allowing a single run with the bases loaded and no outs and then turned the ball over to Brian Wilson. A few rough calls behind the dish made the inning even that more dramatic, but with the equalizing run on third (after a run had scored, making it 3-2)…Brian Wilson ended the threat by striking out Wes Helm’s to extinguish the threat.
Matt Cain takes the hill tonight in an attempt for the sweep. The Giants will board a red-eye to New York after the game and start a three game series with the Mets tomorrow evening.