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Game Of The Week Preview: Marlins vs. Reds 1:00 PM EST


On Friday the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins opened their first series of the season at Great American Park.

Both teams are playing under .500 baseball and were looking for a break through series.

The Reds took care of game one, and especially with how starter Mike Leake kept the Marlins off the board, as he threw 6.2 hitless baseball before Christian Yelich hit a two-out single to break up the no-no.

The Reds scored single runs in the bottom of the fourth and seventh and three more in the eighth to seal the deal with a 5-0 victory.

The scoring was highlighted by Marlon Byrd‘s 11th home run of the season.

In game two, the tables turned as the Marlins sent their rookie starter Justin Nicolino to the mound to make his major league debut and he didn’t disappoint, as the 23-year old lefty tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Miami scored three in the fourth and two in the seventh highlighted by Derek Dietrich‘s two homer night, giving the Marlins a 5-0 victory and Nicolino’s first MLB win.

On Sunday the two teams will play the rubber match of the series with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm.

Probable Starters


David Phelps is expected to start the third game of the three game series. Phelps is 4-3, with a 3.96 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 72.2 innings in 2015. He has won his last two starts giving up just two runs in 15 innings with 11 strike outs.


Cincinnati looks to send Michael Lorenzen to the mound as they look to win the three game series. Lorenzen is 2-2, with a 3.70 ERA, with 30 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. The right hander won his last game allowing one earned run in six innings and he looks to stay in the win column and lead the Reds to victory.

Probable Starting Line-up


Dee Gordon – 2B (.352)

Derek Dietrich – 3B (.316)

Christian Yelich – LF (.234)

Giancarlo Stanton – RF (.261)

Marcell Ozuna – CF (.277)

Justin Bour – 1B (.259)

J.T. Realmuto – C (.236)

Adeiny Hechavarria – SS (.288)


Brandon Phillips – 2B (.284)

Joey Votto – 1B (.296)

Todd Frazier – 3B (.292)

Jay Bruce – RF (.233)

Brayan Pena – C (.297)

Marlon Byrd – LF (.209)

Eugenio Suarez – SS (.185)



David Conde
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