By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
After an off day yesterday, the Miami Marlins returned to action with a split-squad day of action in the Grapefruit League today. At Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1, and in Port St. Lucie the New York Mets came out on top with a 6-4 win over Miami.
Here are recaps from those games along with reports on how former Suns performed for the Marlins.
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Miami Marlins 1
The Cardinals bats were hot as St. Louis topped Miami 7-1 at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Miami’s lone run was scored in the bottom of the third when Dee Gordon drove home Don Kelly on an RBI single that at the time tied the game. The Cardinals scored the game’s next six runs to earn the victory.
No Marlins had multi-hit games, while Christian Yelich was the only former Sun to record a base hit.
On the mound, former Sun Steve Cishek worked two innings in relief where he allowed a run on a pair of hits with a walk and he also struck out five Cardinals. Starter Jared Cosart took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits with three walks in three and two-thirds innings of work.
New York Mets 6, Miami Marlins 4
A five-run bottom of the eighth powered the New York Mets past the Miami Marlins 6-4 at Tradition Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Former Suns Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto collected RBI for Miami. Ozuna had an RBI groundout that tied the game at one in the seventh, before Realmuto had an RBI single in the eighth that at the time gave Miami a 4-1 lead.
Former Met Jordany Valdespin had the best day at the plate for Miami, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. He was the only Marlin with a multi-hit effort, and Realmuto was the only former Sun to record a base hit.
Michael Morse hit his second homer of the spring, sending a towering fly ball over the centerfield wall in the top of the 7th, a two-run shot that put Miami ahead 3-1.
Former Sun Brad Hand was Miami’s starter and he had a no decision. Hand worked four scoreless innings, scattering two hits with three walks and he struck out two batters. Former Sun A.J. Ramos was next on the mound for the Marlins, and in his two innings he allowed a run on a hit with a walk and two strikeouts.
Mike Dunn took the loss and Preston Claiborne had the blown save as the Mets collected the 6-4 win.
Tomorrow the Marlins return to action at home, welcoming the Washington Nationals to Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Mat Latos will start for the Marlins against Nationals right-hander Doug Fister.