After the Padres blanked the Fish in the first game of this homestand, on Tuesday, the Marlins scored 12 combined runs in the next three days. As Logan Morrison said after Florida's 8-5 win over the Mets on Saturday night, the Marlins had been scoring runs. "We just haven't scored enough runs," he said.
With a slight tweak of the lineup, the offense burst out last night, behind a pair of two-run homers from Gaby Sanchez and a solo shot by Morrison. So was Saturday a sign of things to come, as Florida prepares to embark on a three-city, nine-game road trip?
"Maybe we’re back on track offensively — I hope so," manager Jack McKeon said after last night's game. "[Omar] Infante did a great job of getting us back on the board. [Emilio] Bonifacio, you know him, he’s just been fabulous the last month or so. Of course, Gaby had maybe a career night. LoMo swung the bat real well too."
Everyone was talking about the table-setters after last night's win, when Bonifacio, Infante and Sanchez went a combined 7 for 12 with six runs scored.
"That’s what we need," Sanchez said. "As a team, we need that. We need the early guys to get on base and get in and score runs and put pressure on their defense and their pitchers. We’ve got to do what we need to do to get on base and get things going."
Said Morrison: "It all starts with Boni, that guy is unreal. Get him on base and it gets us going, for some reason. He flies around the bases. Pitchers start worrying about him. He's unbelievable. I don't think this is a hot streak. I think this is going to be more of a constant thing."
It's worth repeating that Bonifacio tied his career high for stolen bases last night when he swiped his 21st bag of the season in the seventh inning. Bonifacio had four steals before McKeon took over, but the veteran skipper has let Bonifacio run wild. McKeon said earlier this week that Bonifacio, along with Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton, has a green light to steal whenever he wants — unless McKeon puts on a hold.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 4. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6.Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Bryan Petersen, cf; 8. Brett Hayes, c; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.
Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Justin Turner, 2b; 3. Carlos Beltran rf; 4. David Wright, 3b; 5. Daniel Murphy, 1b; 6. Angel Pagan, cf; 7. Jason Bay, lf; 8. Josh Thole, c; 9. Dillon Gee, p
-- Matt Forman