Granderson leads Marlins to first series win of the season

Granderson came to Miami to be a leader. And he finally led on the field.

The Marlins won their first two games against the Washington Nationals to obtain their first series win of the season.

Pulling off a victory on Friday with their nails and tails, and ambushing the best pitcher of the league on Saturday.

That’s baseball. When you least expect it, it comes to surprise you.

After a rough homestand that started being shutout twice in three games by the Cubs, the Marlins rose up and won twice against one of their four division real contenders.

Caleb Smith was phenomenal on Friday tossing six scoreless innings allowing just one run to earn his second victory of the year.

Besides, he struck out eight batters.

Then, the arms in the bullpen did what they’ve been doing, to save that enormous effort.

After that win, however, Marlins hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo was fired.

He wasn’t the one striking out and putting poor at-bats together, but somebody had to pay the price.

The Marlins bats woke up on a Saturday night again. One week ago, it was Austin Dean’s show, but tonight, it was a group effort.

Curtis Granderson’s RBIs lead the way for the Marlins the first series win of the season.

The veteran has been struggling, like almost everybody else in this lineup, but Mattingly and his staff keep giving him chances.

And it is finally paying off.

Granderson was hit with the bases loaded to bring the third run of Friday, in a 3-2 win, and ignited the party on Saturday.

A base hit to start the game against Scherzer, scoring from first with a Brian Anderson double and then hitting his third home run of the season to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead in the middle innings.

Max Scherzer paid for all those starters that have totally dominated the Marlins offense. Unbelievable.

That’s the beauty of this sport.

Rosell Herrera hit it about five feet from the mound and brought in two runs.

Victor Robles almost loses his head catching a fly ball (hit by Granderson again) and Herrera scored from second.

Even Berti, who got to the stadium in the fourth inning, got a walk, a great sprint to second, a dirt-ball read and scored in his first game as a Marlin.

It was meant to be for the Marlins this weekend.

It all started with Curtis Granderson. We’ll see how long they can keep it up.


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