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By: David Marcus

MarlinsBaseball.com Writer

 

On a night where 41,327 fans showed up to watch the Marlins and Mets play, it was the Fish who decided to put on a show for them, beating the Mets 6-2. SP Josh Johnson showed why he was an All Star last season, beginning his season with six no hit innings. Willy Harris broke it up with a line drive single to center field. Despite struggling to get out of the seventh inning, Johnson finished the game after 6 2/3 innings allowing only 2 earned runs while striking out 3. Johnson had command of all his pitches, causing ground balls and showing his trademark poise throughout the game.

 

Mike Dunn came in for Johnson and struck out Scott Hairston to finish out the 7th. Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez came in the 8th and 9th innings respectively to finish off the game without issue. Last year, the Marlins bullpen struggled, leading the league in blown saves and giving up leads in many of Josh Johnson’s starts. This offseason, the Marlins made it a priority to improve the bullpen, signing Randy Choate and trading for Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb. Today, the bullpen got the job done.

 

John Buck was the catalyst to the Marlins offense in today’s game. In the third inning, Buck blasted a Mike Pelfrey pitch into the right field seats. Buck finished the game 2-4 with 4 RBI’s. He is now the fourth Marlin to hit a grand slam on Opening Day, joining Hanley Ramirez (2009), Juan Encarnacion (2005), and Preston Wilson (2002). When he made it to the dugout, the fans started chanting for a curtain call. Buck obliged. Logan Morrison topped off the victory with a solo home run in the 8th inning. Morrison gave a salute when he crossed home plate, honoring his father, Tom, who past away last December.

 

Not all was good news. Mike Stanton left the game in the 6th inning with a tight hamstring. When returning to the dugout, he motioned the manager Edwin Rodriguez that there was discomfort in his left quadracep area. Stanton missed the majority of Spring Training after injuring his quad in an exhibition game against the Hurricanes. Scott Cousins replaced Stanton in right field. Stanton is currently listed as day-to-day.

 

Tomorrow, the Marlins and Ricky Nolasco will face off against Jon Niese and the Mets. Start time is scheduled for 7:10 ET, and will be available on both Sun Sports and MLB.tv

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