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» Who did Derek Dietrich punch in the clubhouse tonight? Bang it here to find out!
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:39 PM - by Hugg
He didn't punch anybody in the clubhouse tonight.
» Dunn is Worse Than the Worst; Nationals Double Up Marlins 6-3
Apr 16, 2014 - 9:03 PM - by Namaste
Dunn ' s WHIP before he gave up a HR and a BB to the only 2 people he faced: 1.76
» Hand Out, Slowey in
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:39 AM - by Miamarlin21
MIAMI — Not that he didn’t have it already, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s stock in the clubhouse really skyrocketed on Tuesday night.

By simply standing up for his pitcher and getting in Ian Desmond’s face was a unifying moment for a team still bonding together.

The incident came in the fourth inning of the Marlins’ 11-2 win over the Nationals.

Desmond took exception to an inside pitch by Tom Koehler. Already in the inning, Koehler brushed back Jayson Werth, who drew a walk.

Benches cleared and there were heated exchanges, but the incident calmed rather quickly.

What the Marlins are taking from it, is they will pull together in tough times. Saltalamacchia took the kind of leadership the organization banked on when they signed him as a free agent.

“Salty had Tommy’s back out there,” outfielder Christian Yelich said. “I guess Ian was unhappy with whatever had taken place. Inside fastball. Didn’t like it. He had something to say. I don’t know exactly what he said or what Salty said. I think it was a little overblown. I don’t think the benches really needed to clear right there.”

Yelich added that during a rough stretch, the team is staying together.

“That’s just showing that we’ve got each other’s backs in here,” Yelich said. “That’s what we kind of take from it. Even though we got a little beaten up this past week, we are still going to stick together, and we’re in this for the long haul.”

Assessing the game, Giancarlo Stanton provided the big boost with his three-run homer in the first inning, and his five RBIs on the night.

But credit Koehler and Saltalamacchia for igniting a bit of much needed fire for a team desperate for a spark.

“You always want your catcher to have your back,” Koehler said. “We’re still building relationsihops here. For him to step up like that and tell them, ‘Listen, don’t talk to my pitcher that way,’ it definitely means a lot. It’s something that hopefully can build a little momentum and bring the team together.”

In the heat of the moment, things happen. All sides did what they had to.

Koehler is trying to pitch his game, and be aggressive, and use all sides of the plate. Desmond is understandably upset at having fastballs near his head. And Saltalamacchia had the perfect tone and showed his teammates he is there for them.

The reality, from the Marlins’ standpoint, is their pitching wasn’t doing enough during the eight game losing streak. The Nationals had taken it to Miami at Washington last week and on Monday night in the series opener. Their hitters were way too comfortable in the box.

Koehler sent a message that he would pitch inside.

“We were trying to pitch our game,” Saltalamacchia said. “Koehler was on tonight. He was throwing real well. We’ve got to mix our pitches. Last few nights we were missing over the middle of the plate. [Tuesday], we had to really concentrate on getting on both sides of the plate.

“I just said, ‘Hey, man, we weren’t trying to hit you, relax.’ “

Saltalamacchia notes the Marlins aren’t looking to become some buzz teams inside club. They need to make pitches to all sides of the plate.

“I’m not going to say we need to establish in,” the catcher said. “I think we need to make our pitches. We’ve made some bad pitches over the last few games where we left pitches over the middle of the plate. We were trying to go away, leaving it over the middle. Try to go in, leaving it over the middle. I’m not going to say we’re going to go in on everybody, but we’ve got to hit both sides of the plate, and we’ve got to continue to pitch.”


* It’s clear that the Marlins are using spacious Marlins Park to their advantage. Even though it was a blowout win on Tuesday, several deep fly balls by the Nationals were caught. Last week, on the road, a couple of the same shots could have been for extra bases or home runs.

For the pitchers, it’s going to be important to execute better, especially on the road. Because it is clear teams are being allowed to hit the ball as far as they can to center, because it often will be a loud out.

* Nothing is official, but it appears the Marlins will start Kevin Slowey on Sunday against the Mariners, and Brad Hand will pitch out of the bullpen. It doesn’t look like the team will make a roster move to add a starter. But it appears clear Hand will go back to the ‘pen after making two rough starts.

* Jacob Turner (right shoulder sprain) will throw off
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» April 16 Game Thread
Apr 16, 2014 - 6:51 AM - by Sr.Imbto
» Koehler, Stanton and Marlins Nut All Over Nationals 11-2
Apr 15, 2014 - 9:11 PM - by Namaste
That was fun, boys.
» April 15 Game Thread
Apr 15, 2014 - 1:41 PM - by Sr.Imbto
» Marlins Don't Waste Time Reaching a Substantial Losing Streak; Fall 9-2 to the Nation
Apr 14, 2014 - 9:09 PM - by Namaste
8 is great!

We have 4 starters batting over .300, doe!

This is some very painful baseball to watch. Brad "Under" Hand looked SHARP.

All the stars are aligning for there being 500 people in the stands for weekday, non - Jose starts.

Announced attendance was over 18K tonight.

» Nationals @ Marlins 7:10 PM
Apr 14, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by Namaste
April 14th

Is it too early or late or something incredibly gay to make the game thread?

Zimmerman vs Hand.

We think Marlins win tonight. Fishy line. Hand is 0-2 with an ERA north of 8.50 yet Marlins are only a small underdog (+127 ish).

7 losses in a row in April is enough.


» Marlins @ Phillies - 1:35pm
Apr 13, 2014 - 11:41 AM - by Party
Henderson Alvarez of our beloved Marlins faces off against Kyle Kendrick and those Phillies from Pennsylvania.

Citizens Bank Park has already been open a decade. We are all getting old.
» Marlins Lost Again
Apr 13, 2014 - 1:10 AM - by Hugg
Guys, I'm starting to think we might not make the playoffs.
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