Speaking of support, Josh Johnson barely receieved any from the offense and had his solid start go to waste by the bullpen. More specifically, Leo Nunez blew his third save of the season and failed to command in the closer role once more; a common ocurence in recent closing situations for Nunez. This begs the question whether Nunez' job is in jeopardy now that confidence has been lost in him as the deal-sealer.
Tuesday night's game could very well have implications on the Marlins roster moving forward. For one thing, fans are ready to embrace Stanton even through struggles and slumps. That leaves Cameron Maybin's spot on the active roster likely to be replaced. Another sign of this was Emilio Bonifacio's appearance in a pinch hit situation late in the game. The reason why Freddi Gonzalez chose Bonifacio over Maybin is unknown, but the decision reveals a likely sign of things to come.
Rapid-fire Notes from Game 64:
- Both Dan Uggla and Gaby Sanchez drew three walks each in the game, revealing Uggla's improved plate discipline and Sanchez' continued patience at the plate.
- Josh Johnson threw over 30 pitches in the first inning, but survived through the seventh inning allowing only one run and striking out seven batters in the process. Final pitch count: 110.
- Hanley Ramirez hit his 10th home run of the season, but is yet to return to his 2009 offensive level as he's batting under .300 after 230 at bats.
- The Marlins left seven runners on base, six of which were at the hands of Cody Ross who batted 0-4 on the night.