Marlins 9, Pirates 5
The Florida Marlins had a couple of role players ready to be
Scott Cousins hit a grand slam for his first career home run,
Brett Hayes added a three-run shot and the Florida Marlins beat the
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Thursday night to finish off a three-game
”It feels very, very good,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez
said. ”When Pittsburgh came in, they were playing very well, so we
were playing a very good team. We’ve been playing well, we’ve been
scoring runs, we’ve been finding ways to get those runs in.”
Cousins took full advantage of earning a start in centerfield in
favor of Chris Coghlan, who was given a day off, and Hayes stepped
in for starter John Buck at catcher.
”That’s our job, we’ve got to be ready,” Hayes said.
Cousins’ shot to right-center field off James McDonald (0-2)
gave Florida a 4-1 lead in the second inning.
”It was basically right down the middle,” McDonald said.
Cousins also doubled later in the game and received shaving
cream to the face during a post-game interview.
”Oh man, that was a great feeling,” Cousins said. ”A great
feeling to get the home run out of the way and a grand slam to
boot. It was pretty cool to help us get a sweep.”
Hayes extended the lead to 8-1 in the third with his first home
run of the season. Both of the home runs came off McDonald, who
lasted just three innings.
”Three days in a row we dug big holes off the mound early,”
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Chris Volstad (1-1) allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings for the
Marlins, who also got a home run from Mike Stanton, his first of
”It felt good to get it out of the way and move on,” Stanton
Pittsburgh cut the lead to 9-5 in the sixth inning before Matt
Diaz grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases
loaded as Hanley Ramirez dove to his left and flipped to Omar
Infante, who tossed it to first to end the inning.
”Obviously that was a key part of the game,” Pirates’ Pedro
Alvarez said. ”If Hanley doesn’t make that play, it might be a
different story. He made a great play.”
Alvarez homered, had three hits and drove in two runs as a
positive for the Pirates.
”We’re not looking to find little nuggets,” Hurdle said.
”We’re looking to win ballgames. This is not a league where you
try hard, this league you’ve got to do good.”
Notes: Marlins LF Logan Morrison (foot sprain) was placed on the
15-day disabled list following the game retroactive to Wednesday. A
corresponding move will be announced Friday. … Pirates SS Josh
Rodriguez got his first hit in the majors with an infield single in
the fifth. ”You don’t picture your first hit in the big leagues
like that,” Rodriguez said. … The Marlins have batted around in
three consecutive games. … Cousins became the seventh Marlins
hitter hit a grand slam as his first career home run.