Monthly Archives: March 2012

Marlins Top Cardinals In Jupiter

Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Photo Courtesy: Miami Marlins

By Steve Kolbe

The Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in Jupiter, Florida in the sixth and final meeting between the two team’s.  The Marlins had lost three straight to the Redbirds by a combined margin of 12-3.  Miami improved to 10-11, St. Louis is now 14-8 and in third place in the Grapefruit League behind Toronto(22-4) and Detroit(15-7).  Last year, the Cardinals finished 11th in spring training with 14 wins and went on to win the World Series.

A crowd of 4,244 at Roger Dean Stadium watched as Anibal Sanchez made his third spring training start.  He pitched five strong innings allowing two hits and only one run, while striking out four batters.  Sanchez threw 71 pitches, 43 of them for strikes.  After the game it was announced that Sanchez had earned himself a spot in the Marlins rotation as the fifth starter.

Carlos Beltran’s second home run of the spring gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the top of the fouth inning.  It was the only run that Sanchez would allow.  Beltran went 2-for-4 and is now batting .356 during spring training, third-best among all right fielders.

Miami tied the game in the home half of the fifth inning, when pinch hitter Daniel Pertusati homered to left field on a 3-2 pitch off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.  Pertusati is familiar with Roger Dean Stadium.  Last season, he played in 119 games and hit six home runs right here with the Class-A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads.

For the Marlins, catcher Brett Hayes went 2-for-4 with a run batted in.  Shortstop Jose Reyes and right fielder Chris Coghlan were both 1-for-4 at the plate.  Second baseman Donnie Murphy finished his day by going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.

Lance Berkman and David Freese each were 1-for-3 in the game for the Cardinals.  Starting pitcher Lance Lynn went five innings and allowed five hits and one run in his fourth start of the spring.  Last season, Lynn made just two starts for the Cardinals during the regular season.  That changed in the fall, when he made 10 postseason appearances and set a Cardinals franchise rookie record with five appearances in the NLCS.

Chad Guadin pitched three scoreless innings for the Marlins to improve his record to 2-0.  With two wins, Guadin is tied with Brad Hand, Josh Johnson, and Wade LeBlanc for the team lead.  Donnie Webb pitched a perfect ninth to earn his first save.

Before the game, Miami reassigned infielder Nick Green and right-handed pitcher J.D. Martin to minor league camp.  Outfielder Bryan Petersen was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and outfielder Aaron Rowand was released.   The Marlins began spring training with 64 players in camp.   They now have  33 players remaining in camp:  18 pitchers(5 LHP, 13 RHP), seven infielders, three catchers, and five outfielders. 

The Marlins will send right-hander Josh Johnson to the mound  tomorrow to face Ross Detwiler and the Nationals.  On Saturday, Miami wraps up the Grapefruit League schedule with lefty Mark Buehrle on the hill against Miguel Batista and the Mets.   The Marlins will then play a pair of exhibition games against the New York Yankees at Marlins Park.  Ricky Nolasco against CC Sabathia on Sunday, and Carlos Zambrano against Hiroki Kuroda on Monday.

The Inaugural Game at Marlins Park is Wednesday, April 4th with Miami facing the defending 2011 World Series Champions in South Florida to open the regular season.  The Cardinals will attempt to become the first National League team since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds to win back-to-back World Series titles.

Leave a comment

Filed under Ahead Of The Curve

Suns Announce 2012 Promotional Schedule

Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

The Suns return to the field and share the excitement of professional baseball with fans to kick off the 2012 season.  The Suns begin their regular season on Thursday, April 5, with a 50th Anniversary Golden Suns Coin Giveaway – the first 3,000 fans receive a 50th Anniversary 1962-2012 Golden Suns Coin.  Fans can also receive a Magnet Schedule and Poster Schedule on Friday, April 6 and the first 1,000 kids receive Fielder’s Gloves on Saturday, April 7 and Suns Silly Bandz to ALL KIDS on Sunday, April 8.

The Baseball Grounds will again host a number of great entertainment acts this season, including classic fan favorites and new performances.  Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin returns to Jacksonville to help Southpaw celebrate his birthday on Sunday, May 6, when ALL KIDS can also receive a special Color-Me Magnet.  The ZOOperstars make three appearances with their kooky characters on Sunday, April 29; Saturday, August 11 and Sunday August 12, while BirdZerk goes berserk with a performance on Friday, June 1.  Breakin’ BBoy McCoy will bring his in-game dancing back to the park on Sunday, August 5. The Suns also host two Bark in the Park After Dark on Saturday, April 7 and Tuesday, May 29 and two Dog Daze of Summer on Sunday, July 1 and Wednesday, August 22.

The Suns have put together another great bobblehead series giveaway this season.  Mike Stanton will lead things off on Saturday, May 19; Alex Rodriquez next on Saturday, June 23; Shane Victorino on Saturday,July 21 and Larry Walker on Saturday, August 4.

The Suns will also have two former Atlanta Braves player appearances on Thursday, July 19 with John Rocker and Friday, July 20 with Dale Murphy!

The Suns have created a concert series at the ballpark this season.  The Suns host two Family Faith Nights on Friday, April 13 and Friday, August 3 and also two Family Faith Days on Sunday, June 24 and Sunday, July 22.  The Suns also have three country concerts lined up on Saturday, April 28; Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 9.  Three special concerts will be played at the Baseball Grounds on Saturday, June 23 with a special Dave Matthews Tribute Band, then on Saturday, July 21 when the George Aspinall Band will play on Jimmy Buffet Night and on Saturday, August 4 with the Little Green Men.

The Suns have three Jersey Auction Nights for the 2012 season.  The first will be held on Tuesday, July 3 as the Suns sport a special Patriotic Jersey, then on Saturday, July 21 the Suns will wear a Buffet Style Jersey and finally on Saturday, August 4 the Suns will don the 1987 Jacksonville Expos Blue Jersey.

The Suns will once again share holidays throughout the season as the Suns pay tribute to military service members past and present on Memorial Day Monday, May 28. The holidays continue as we honor our country and Mr. Bragan’s 89th Birthday with a giant fireworks display on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 3.  The Suns will also have the traditional Christmas in August on Friday, August 10.

The Suns’ traditional weekly promotions return for the 2012 season, including Fifty Cent Family Feast Tuesdays, Businessperson’s Specials on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday Night Throwdown, Friday Family Fireworks, and postgame Kids Run the Bases on Sundays.  On Saturday Night the Suns bring back Steak Me Out to the Ballgame for $25, which includes a tender 8 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon, baked potato, salad, non-alcoholic beverage and General Admission ticket. Following the success of the past three seasons, Monday evening games are Belly Buster Mondays, where $20 gets fans a Homeplate Box seat along with all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream treats and soft drinks.

The Jacksonville Suns are the Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins and are proud members of the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs.  The Suns begin the season on Thursday, April 5 against the Huntsville Stars.

Leave a comment

Filed under Extra Bases