Originally written on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 4/7/12

The Miami Marlins picked up their first win of the 2012 season on Saturday as the offense put on a show in a 8-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.    After the first two games saw the Fish tally a combined seven hits and one run — questions began to pop up about the bats.  Those questions were answered in this game in a big way with three homeruns and a near cycle.

Ricky Nolasco started his season in good form in this game going eight inning in which he allowed three runs on six hits.  As is the norm for Nolasco, he showed exceptional control striking out five and walking none.   The veteran worked at a good pace and likely could’ve gone for a complete game if necessary.  With the large lead however and the need to get Heath Bell work, manager Ozzie Guillen elected to pull Nolasco after 101 pitches.   Bell worked a perfect ninth while striking out one in his Marlins’ debut.

Omar Infante was the story on offense falling only a single shy of the first cycle in Marlins’ history.   The second baseman hit the first homerun of the season for the Fish and what will go down as the first ever blast by a Miami Marlins player.    Hanley Ramirez and John Buck would go on to hit longballs of their own later in the game, both of them being two run shots.   Not to be outdone was Giancarlo Stanton who was 3-5 with a double and three runs batted in.    The Marlins showed off their speed as Emilio Bonifacio swiped two bases and Jose Reyes stole his first as a Marlin.  Reyes’ was a steal of third base as Mat Latos paid little attention to the Marlins’ shortstop.

The Marlins will look to win the series on Sunday when they send Carlos Zambano to the mound to make his debut for Miami.  Starting for the Reds will be Bronson Arroyo.

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