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After Promising start, need to get back to basics....

After getting swept in Pittsburgh at the beginning of last week, the Marlins still had their swagger since they were heading home to start a three game series against the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Fredi Gonzalez understands the 11-1 start was phenomenal, but not realistic.
The series started off exactly the way they intended when Josh Johnson gave them seven scoreless innings. However, the bullpen could not hold the lead late. Matt Lindstrom, the Marlins closer, could find the strike zone early in the ninth and then paid for it when Shane Victorino hit a grand slam that slammed the door on the fish. The Marlins lost 7-3.
Saturday night had the same feeling as Friday’s. Chris Volstad gave his team a great effort and a lead through seven innings. Again the bullpen let the lead slip away when Chase Utley hit a go ahead RBI single in the tenth inning.
The fish called upon the rookie Graham Taylor on Sunday to stop the bleeding. Unlike Friday and Saturday, the Phils got started early and went on to an easy 13-2 victory. Things have gotten so bad for the bullpen Cody Ross came in from right field and took over the pitching duties in the ninth inning. Amazingly, Cody was able to put in a scoreless inning. The fighting fish head to New York to take on the Mets starting Monday night.

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