Ricky Nolasco took exception to more than one ball-and-strike call on Friday by home plate umpire Mike Winters and was apologetic about his body language, which brought a rebuke by the ump. But perhaps an angry Nolasco is good thing for the Marlins, who have been waiting since Day 1 this season for him to start pitching like last year's 15-game winner. Maybe Nolasco pitches better when he's wearing a chip on his shoulder.
Replays seemed to show that Winters missed more than one call, squeezing the strike zone to the point where Nolasco was clearly unhappy. After one such expression of displeasure, Winters reacted in a way that strongly suggested he didn't care for Nolasco's protests.
"That was a big mistake by me to do something like that," Nolasco said. "But when you have that competitive nature, you have to compete, and sometimes you make mistakes, and I definitely made a mistake there by showing him up It's something I'll try not to let happen again."
-- Lost in Nolasco's pitching performance and Cody Ross' grand slam was Chris Coghlan's 4 for 5 night, Ross Gload's 3-hit outing and Hanley Ramirez's 3 RBI. Jeremy Hermida also added two hits.
-- Ross already has three grand slams this season, or at least as many as 25 major league teams.
-- With the victory, the Marlins are now 15-4 all-time against the Blue Jays, 8-2 at Rogers Centre.