National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (2-3) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-3), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Josh Johnson (0-1, 0.00)
Philadelphia - Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - After a slow start, the Marlins have gotten their offense
going and have been rewarded with a pair of victories. However, they'll have
to keep swinging the hot bats without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen.
Oh, they also have to deal with Phillies ace Roy Halladay.
Miami goes for its second straight win over Philadelphia as the clubs continue
a three-game series this evening.
The new-look Marlins were held to only one run over back-to-back losses to
open the season, but have notched 19 runs in two of three since. They teed off
for three homers in Monday's matchup with the Phillies, getting a pair from
Omar Infante in a 6-2 win.
Austin Kearns also went deep for the Marlins and starter Anibal Sanchez
limited the Phillies to a pair of runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Guillen didn't have much time to celebrate the win, which spoiled
Philadelphia's home opener, as he headed back to Miami to address comments he
made about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a Time magazine.
"I lived in Miami for a long time, I'm embarrassed," Guillen stated. "I did
hurt a lot of people. I have to apologize because I did the wrong thing. It's
not about what I'm going to do right now, it's about how I'm going to make it
better in the future."
While many in the Miami have called for Guillen to lose his job as Marlins
manager, the franchise has opted to suspend its skipper for the next five
games, a decision supported by major league baseball.
"The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to
Guillen," read a statement put out by the club announcing Guillen's
suspension. "The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized
especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship."
Bench coach Joey Cora will take over for Guillen during the suspension and
will be tasked with solving Halladay, a former Cy Young Award winner he has
picked up Philadelphia's lone victory so far this season.
Halladay took the mound for the Phils' first game on Thursday in Pittsburgh
and was on the right end of a 1-0 victory, hurling eight scoreless innings of
two-run ball with five strikeouts and zero walks.
The 34-year-old righty is 4-3 with a 2.51 earned run average in his career
versus the Marlins, numbers that include a perfect game pitched in the
Marlins' old ballpark, Sun Life Stadium, back on May 29, 2010.
Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson was on the losing end of that historic 1-0
game and opposes Halladay again tonight. While Halladay was able to pitch a
gem on the Marlins' home turf, Johnson has never lost at Citizens Bank Park,
going 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA in six games (5 starts) on Philadelphia's home
The 28-year-old is looking to bounce back from a shoulder injury that limited
his starts a season ago, but struggled in Florida's home opener a week ago.
Johnson was tagged for three runs and a career high-tying 10 hits over six
innings to take the loss.
Johnson will try to stretch the Phillies' losing streak to four straight games
this evening after the club's offense continued to struggle on Monday. Rookie
second baseman Freddy Galvis had his team's only runs batted in, snapping an
0-for-12 drought to start the season with a two-run double in the seventh.
"What it comes down to is, we're not hitting the ball hard enough to score
runs," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies won 12 of 18 versus the Marlins last year, taking seven of nine
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