Both Anibal and Gaby provided entertainment during Sunday’s matinee against Washington. The Marlins avoided being swept for the first time this year with a shutout of the Nationals.
Anibal Sanchez struck out 11 over seven scoreless, a career high. He added to my Marlins no-hit bid list with a no-no through six, absolutely dominating the Nats. Sanchez surrendered just two hits in those innings of work.
The no-hit bid log is as follows:
Josh Johnson 6, 7 1/3, 4 1/3, 5 2/3
Anibal Sanchez 8, 6
(number of no-hit innings in chronological order of starts)
Gaby Sanchez was 4-4 on Sunday with two doubles, a three run homer, a single, and a walk. He was a triple shy of the Marlins first cycle in franchise history. In both the second and the fourth innings Gaby led off with a double and scored on a Greg Dobbs (3-3 2 RBI) hit.
Even though they demolished the Nats in the finale, the Fish did not have a satisfying home series. They are now 11-7 on the year at home after dropping the first two of the Washington series. In a division with the dominating Phillies and the pesky Braves and Mets, Florida needs to take advantage of every opportunity they have against Washington.
The Phillies and Braves square off tonight on Sunday Night Baseball. If the Braves win, the Fish will be two games out of the NL East lead, but if the Phillies win they go back to three.
The Sanchez duo provided the spark on Sunday, and the Marlins, now 20-13, stay at home for the division rival Philadelphia before I meet them at Nationals park next weekend.