Guthrie struggled with the bottom of the Marlins’ lineup in the top of the second, which set up trouble once things turned over. He ended up with Hanley Ramirez – .286, 11 HR, 40 RBI – at the dish with two on and two out.
Guthrie got behind Ramirez 2-0. Both pitcher and batter did solid work in moving to a 3-2 count with Ramirez fouling off two-strike pitches. Ramirez ultimately got the best of Guthrie with a double down the right field line to give the Marlins a 4-0 lead. Guthrie then hit Jorge Cantu with a pitch and the ump warned both dugouts.
The trouble really began earlier in the inning when Guthrie allowed a single to number seven hitter Mike Stanton that moved Cody Ross to third base following a lead-off walk. Guthrie should know that the rookie Stanton’s a winner … at least for half a season.
Stanton played for the Marlins’ Double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns, until getting the call for Florida’s June 8 game against the Phillies. The Suns clinched the first half title in the Southern League South Division on Sunday. In other news, the team will hold a Michael Jackson Tribute Night, featuring a Michael Jackson impersonator, on June 25. Now that’s worth getting sent down for.
In addition to Ramirez’s clutch, two-out hit, the Marlins got RBI singles from number eight hitter Wes Helms and leadoff man Chris Coghlan, a Maryland native.
Bottom of the second: Marlins 4 – Orioles 0.