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Ozuna fills belly with In-N-Out Burgers, leads Marlins to victory

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The precise number is in dispute, but this much isn't: rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna wolfed down In-N-Out Burgers before batting practice on Friday, then played a vital role in the Marlins' 6-3 victory over the Giants.

     Ozuna gunned down a base runner at third and drove in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Marlins in what was the team's ninth consecutive win at AT&T Park. Earlier in the game, he also missed a fly ball that allowed a run to cross for the Giants.

      Burger"I told him after the game, because I think he had about four or five In-N-Out Burgers, I said maybe that was the reason why you couldn't catch that ball," manager Mike Redmond said of Hunter Pence's RBI double to shallow center in the fifth, which Ozuna completely whiffed on. "But I said you got a big hit, so I forgot about it already."

      Ozuna came off the bench Thursday to drive in the deciding run with a pinch-hit single.

      On Friday, his infield hit in the sixth tied the game and two-out single in the eighth sparked a 3-run inning that gave the Marlins a cushion.

      Ozuna contended afterward that he didn't eat four or five hamburgers from the popular West Coast chain, as his manager and teammates claimed. But he did acknowledge he had three, along with three chocolate chip cookies and a glass of apple juice. No fries. No shake.

       "Just three," Ozuna said of his burger consumption. "My teammates say five. Today I eat three. Tomorrow I eat four, and the next day five, and (then) we leave for Miami."

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JUAN YANES

MARLINS TEAM IS BETTER THAN SEVERAL OTHERS TEAMS OF THE NL; THEIR MAIN PROBLEM AS BEEN THE POOR MANAGEMENT PERFORMED TO PRESENT, MOST OF THEM FOR BE TO MUCH PASSIVE IN MAKE APPROPRIATE CHANGES FOR GET SCORE RUNS IN THE LATE INNINGS. IF YOU COMPARE WITH OTHERS MANAGERS YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE.

Stan M

SF had their two best RH hitters coming up with the game on the line. It was obviously time for Cishek to get them out and extend the game. But it wasn't a "save" situation so we gave the game away instead. I never thought I'd see a worse ML hitter than Buck was last year, but Mathis is definitely worse. He is a terrific catcher, but the team should work around his ineffectiveness as a hitter in the later inning. It was obvious that Turner was coming out of the game so a pinch hitter for Mathis was called for, but they let him hit...no, that's a bad word to use, they let him not hit and strike out. We probably need another catcher on the roster for just this reason. I'd like to see the team parcel Mathis with Nolasco when he's traded and try to get a better RH hitting catcher. Stanton and Dietrich look like hitting, I mean non hitting, clones. Both are taking strikes and swinging at balls. The difference is that Stanton has 3 years experience. While batting, he looks like he's been rugged. I wonder if he will ever truly adjust while standing so far away from the plate. After saying all of the above, it's actually fun to watch this team again and the pitching has been all we could ask for.

JUAN YANES

AGAIN, TODAY, ANOTHER LOSS, FOR STUPID COACH BAD MANEUVER, LATE INNINGS SCORE TIE, POLANCO START THE INNING HITTING SINGLE, WEAK MATHIS FOLLOW, THEN INSTEAD OF BRING A LEFTY PINCH-HITTER, NO, WAS ALLOWED, RESULT, STRIKE OUT. LATER, GIANTS HAVE RUNNER IN SECOND BASE WITH ONE OUT, AND 1ST BASE EMPTY AND POSSY (THE BEST GIANS HITTER) WASN'T INTENTIONAL WALK; THE RESULTS EVERYONE KNOW. -

JUAN YANES

MR.REDMOND SHOULD TAKE THE PLAYERS OF THE BENCH WHEN IF NECESSARY AS PINCH HITTERS, EXAMPLE, YESTERDAY, HE DON'T TAKE GOOD LEFTIES HITTERS BRANDLEY AND BROWN OFF GIANTS RIGHTIES PITCHERS,- MATHIS, EHEVERRIA AND RUGGIANO WERE AT BAT WITH RUNNERS ON BASE IN THE LATE INNINGS WITH SCORE TIE BUT ANY WAS REPLACE FOR PINCH HITTER. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO WIN DOING SO.

Camera Mike

Just saw on ESPN that Heath Bell has now given up a home run in each of his last 5 games. Arizona did come back and win the the bottom of the ninth, but from the looks of the faces in the DBacks dugout during the blown save it appears to me that their players have almost had enough of Bell. I normally do not root for players to fail but after the way Bell pitched and treated the organization last season I am hoping for this downfall to continue and Bell to become the most hated closer in two cities.

Lance A.

Went on a bike ride at the beach today,stopped for a break and hit a homer off of Bell.

Stan M

Camera Mike, you have every reason to despise and root against Bell. And I join you. He's a mutt.

smith&wessonoil

Lance A...Good, but I thought you were going to say you stepped in a Bell.

Lou

Just back from NYC, Boston and Maine---glad to see the team playing so well. Great people in Maine and Boston. New York,as usual, was a great place with great people--I think they only get bad when the move away because "They can't make it there."

Oiv in Delray

gotta catch the early bird in Boca

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