Marlins happy with Stanton start

Posted by Andy Durham on June 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

Tonight(Wednesday), the Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, will hook up in a re-match of the recent Perfect Game pitchers, with Roy Halladay(8-3) vs. Josh Johnson(6-2)….

PHILADELPHIA — Mike Stanton(Greensboro Grasshoppers 2008) arrived as advertised, providing a spark with three singles and two runs scored.

What is lingering for the Marlins, however, is their inability to preserve leads.

Odds had been pretty good for Florida when it was leading after seven innings. That is, until Tuesday night.

Ben Francisco’s two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning lifted the Phillies to a 10-8 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

“Too bad we couldn’t get [Stanton] a better night and shake hands after the game,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

On a night Stanton went 3-for-5, the Marlins saw their string of winning games while leading after the seventh inning snapped at 26 games. However, the team’s losing streak has now reached four.

“It’s tough. It seems like we haven’t put everything together in one game,” said Chris Coghlan(Greensboro Grasshoppers), who was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs. “Sometimes we pitch and don’t hit. You go through these over the course of a year.

“I think what separates teams are ones who can stick together and go from this, move on [and] get over this hurdle and actually use it to pick each other up, and have more chemistry as a team.”

The offense collected 13 hits, including a two-run homer from Hanley Ramirez and a first-inning shot by Gaby Sanchez(Greensboro Grasshoppers).

But the Phillies pulled ahead for good in the eighth.

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