Found May 17, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
After struggling mightily in April, Miami's offense is clicking and the Marlins are piling up wins. Their suddenly potent lineup will be put to the test in Thursday night's two-game series finale against the Atlanta Braves, who will give the ball to major league ERA leader Brandon Beachy. With Wednesday's 8-4 victory over the Braves, Miami (20-17) improved to 12-3 in May and moved three games above .500 for the first time. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer while Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonifacio also drove in two runs apiece for the Marlins, who are 9-1 on the road this month. Miami's offense has keyed the turnaround in May, averaging 4.7 runs and batting .255. Miami scored 3.3 runs per game and batted .228 in April. "The difference this month is we get big hits because we're pitching the same," manager Ozzie Guillen said. The Marlins made quick work of Atlanta starter Mike Minor on Wednesday, knocking him around for six runs in 4 2-3 innings. The beating wasn't surprising considering Minor's 7.09 ERA is the highest among NL qualifiers. Generating offense figures to be much more difficult against Beachy (4-1, 1.60 ERA), who has yielded two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts. That game will begin at 7:10 on SportSouth. Beachy is limiting opponents to a .181 batting average on the season and has served up just one homer in 45 innings, but he has had some recent control trouble. The right-hander walked four in six innings in St. Louis on Saturday after issuing three free passes in 6 1-3 innings against Colorado on May 6. Despite the command issues, Beachy limited the Cardinals to one run and two hits in a 7-2 Braves victory. Beachy went 1-0 in four inconsistent starts against the Marlins last season, posting a 1.29 ERA in two of them but a 7.59 ERA in the other two. Stanton, who is 3 for 8 with two doubles lifetime against Beachy, hit his team-leading eighth homer Wednesday and possibly saved two runs with a sensational diving catch to end the fourth inning with runners on second and third. With the Braves (23-15) in the middle of a stretch of 33 games in 34 days, manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffled his lineup Wednesday, resting Chipper Jones and giving Michael Bourn - the NL hits leader with 55 - his first day off this season. Both are expected to back Thursday to face Miami starter Ricky Nolasco (4-1, 3.65), who is hoping to bounce back from a subpar showing. Nolasco was tagged for season highs of six runs and nine hits in a season-low 4 2-3 innings in Saturday's 9-3 home defeat to the New York Mets. The right-hander had been 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his previous three outings - all on the road. Nolasco has had some problems pitching at Turner Field lately, going 1-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his last four starts there. He was 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in five overall starts versus the Braves last season. Several Atlanta hitters have given Nolasco trouble. Jones is batting .357 with nine extra-base hits in 42 career at-bats, Brian McCann is hitting .340 with six homers in 47 at-bats, and Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla are each 5 for 13.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Great Sea Race making splash at Marlins Park

MIAMI Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell werent the only key acquisitions this offseason by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Add to that list Bob the Shark, Spike the Sea Dragon, Julio the Octopus and Angel the Stone Crab. Moving into new Marlins Park and looking for something additional to pep things up during breaks in the action, Loria knew how much hed always enjoyed Milwaukees...

Marlins can't solve Beachy, lose to Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Beachy improved his major-league best ERA with a couple of career milestones and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-0 Thursday night. Beachy (5-1) threw a five-hit shutout, the first of his career, in the first complete game of his career. He has won five straight decisions since losing his first start. Beachy had no walks and six strikeouts and...

Ugly Loss in Atlanta

Thursday’s 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves was one of the more lopsided losses of the season thus far for the Miami Marlins.   Miami was down from the start and unable to get anything going against Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy.    The loss moved the Marlins back to two games over .500 and slips the team into fourth place in the National League East. Ricky Nolasco fell to...

Beachy throws first career shuout vs. Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Beachy improved his major-league best ERA with a couple of career milestones and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-0 Thursday night. Beachy (5-1) threw a five-hit shutout, the first of his career, in the first complete game of his career. He has won five straight decisions since losing his first start. Beachy had no walks and six strikeouts and...

Heyward, Braves improving situational hitting

Jason Heyward smiles when he thinks back to one particular at-bat on Sunday. Its a memory he doesnt mind reliving. The Braves and Cardinals were scoreless when Heyward came to the plate in the third inning with the bases full of his teammates. There were two outs, so he expected St. Louis starter Lance Lynn to put the ball over the plate. I knew he had to come to me, Heyward said...

Marlins-Braves Preview

After struggling mightily in April, Miami's offense is clicking and the Marlins are piling up wins. Their suddenly potent lineup will be put to the test in Thursday night's two-game series finale against the Atlanta Braves, who will give the ball to major league ERA leader Brandon Beachy. With Wednesday's 8-4 victory over the Braves, Miami (20-7) improved to 12-3 in...

Heyward, Sophomore Slumps, and Old Friends

Understatement: Jason Heyward‘s 2011 season did not go quite as most of us expected. His (seemingly) long-awaited 2010 rookie campaign at age 20 mostly lived up to the hype, but he followed up with stereotypical “sophomore slump” season that was marred by nagging injuries, benchings, but most of all, poor hitting (relative to expectations, at least). Now 22, Heyward is so far...

Heyward playing CF in new-look Braves lineup

Fredi Gonzalez has juggled his lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Miami Marlins, giving Michael Bourn his first day off this season. With the Braves in the middle of a stretch when they play 33 games in 34 days, Gonzalez says he chose Wednesday to give Bourn and third baseman Chipper Jones a break. Juan Francisco is starting at third base. Jason Heyward is making...

Marlins 8, Braves 4

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and possibly saved two runs with a diving catch and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 8-4 on Wednesday night, adding another win to their impressive May record. Miami is 12-3 this month after a slow 8-14 start in April. The Marlins (20-17) moved three games over .500 for the first time this season. The Marlins led 6-1 off struggling Braves...

Interleague Opens With Win

The Miami Marlins who own the best record in the National League in the history of interleague play started off the 2012 version in a winning way with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.    The win was in come from behind style and moved Miami back to three games over .500 on the season.   The victory also puts the Marlins in a good position to extend their streak of series...

Rays ineffective against Braves in loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tommy Hanson pitched seven effective innings, Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night. Hanson (5-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Freeman had a run-scoring double and Brian McCann hit an RBI single that put the Braves up 4-2 in the fifth. Chipper Jones left after seven innings...

Braves will try to be patient with Mike Minor

Bill Shanks talks about strugging lefty Mike Minor and the big mystery of Jair Jurrjens.

GIFcap: Tyler Pastornicky Does … I Don’t Know What This Is …

Y U DO DIS, TYLER?!

Factor12 Rating Leaders: Week 6

The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers. Brandon Beachy (1) Justin Verlander regains the number one F12 Rating after pitching his latest masterpiece (7IP / 2H / 1ER / 1BB / 8K) against the Oakland Athletics.  The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner holds a 31.009 Factor12 Rating. (2...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.