4/19 Thursday morning quarterback
In the sixth inning Wednesday, the Marlins had a runner at second when Donnie Murphy blooped a ball into shallow left. Alfonso Soriano fielded the ball, but didn’t throw it quickly back into the infield. Murphy hustled to second and got a double from what should’ve been a single.
“It was [Murphy’s] hustle but we could’ve done a lot of things differently,” Dale Sveum said. “We have to get the ball and get the ball to second base. ‘Sori’ knows that and he knows he made a mistake and took something for granted there.”
Murphy eventually scored on a sacrifice fly, part of a three-run inning in the Marlins’ 9-1 win over the Cubs.
Marlins Park is huge and provides hitters plenty of chances for doubles and triples. It’s not good to give one away.
“There have been a few hiccups you’d like to have back but the bottom line is when our starting pitching is pitching that good and keeping us in ballgames, we have to be able to keep ourselves in ballgames and score runs,” Sveum said. “If that’s as bad as [Matt] Garza is going to be, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 or whatever it was, it’d be nice to have three runs and be 5-3. We’ve got to find a way to score some runs.”
— Carrie Muskat