On Friday night, the Marlins powered their way to an opening night victory behind Josh Johnson. Florida’s ace threw six innings of no-hit baseball, and earned the victory over New York after his bid was broken up in the seventh. The two-time all star allowed just three hits and two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched.
John Buck jacked a grand slam to deep right center in the fourth inning. This put the Fish up 4-0 and they never looked back. Logan Morrison added a solo shot in the eighth to give Florida some insurance.
Last year the Marlins seriously lacked power from a left-handed bat, especially after Chris Coghlan was injured. Morrison can fill that void as well as make up for Uggla’s lost power. He has always been a highly touted prospect, and I can’t wait to see what he can do in his first full season.
As for Johnson, he found the strike zone with precision through his 6+ innings pitched. His first start exemplified his all-star talent, and hopefully the rest of the season follows in that path.
Ricky Nolasco looks to give the Marlins win number two Saturday night.