Marlins 8, Dodgers 5
Marlins 8, Dodgers 5
May. 28, 1997
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Florida Marlins signed some big-name free agents during the winter _ like pitcher Alex Fernandez, infielder Bobby Bonilla and outfielder Moises Alou.
They also added quality depth in Jim Eisenreich and John Cangelosi, along with outfielder Cliff Floyd, acquired in a trade from Montreal less than a week before the season began.
Fernandez, Bonilla and Alou have certainly made significant contributions throughout the season. On Tuesday night, it was Eisenreich, Cangelosi and Floyd who made their presence felt.
``It's fun to contribute,'' said Cangelosi, who had three of his team's 17 hits as Florida beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 for its 11th win in 14 games. ``I'm a competitor, I like to play. (But) I know my role.''
The Marlins are without starting outfielders Gary Sheffield and Devon White, although it's likely both will return to action by this weekend.
``I'm not worried about that,'' said Cangelosi, who batted leadoff and played center field Tuesday night. ``It's just fun contributing and being part of the team.''
Cangelosi now has 14 hits in 54 at-bats this season.
Eisenreich, a longtime Dodgers nemesis, went 2-for-4 with a walk, giving him 22 hits in 86 at-bats this year, and Floyd also went 2-for-4 with a walk.
Eisenreich, who raised his lifetime batting average against the Dodgers to .421, got the game's biggest hit _ a bases-loaded triple off Hideo Nomo in the first inning.
Eisenreich, 38, now has 43 RBIs in 183 career at-bats against Los Angeles.
``I have no idea,'' he said with a smile when asked why he has been so successful against the Dodgers. ``When I put the ball in play, it's been good for our team. I can't explain it. I do enjoy it.''
The Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the first before the Eisenreich grounded a 2-0 pitch down the right-field line for his first triple of the season.
Eisenreich then scored on an RBI single by Bonilla to complete a four-run first off Nomo (5-4).
``I think we should just tell him what's coming first and throw it there _ because the way we're doing it sure isn't working with him,'' Dodgers pitcher Tom Candiotti said. ``It becomes like a mental thing, where we see Eisenreich and we say, `Oh, no,' and when he sees us, he's probably licking his chops and saying, `I know I'm good for a few hits this game.'''
Al Leiter (4-3), making his second start since being sidelined for three weeks due to a bruised right knee, earned the victory, allowing five hits and five runs in five-plus innings.
Leiter also had two singles _ his first hits of the season _ and scored twice.
Jay Powell held the Dodgers hitless in the seventh and eighth innings, and Robb Nen worked a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.
Edgar Renteria also had three hits for Florida and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Billy Ashley's two-out, two-run single was the big hit in a three-run Los Angeles rally in the bottom of the first, but that was as close as the Dodgers would get.
Dodgers third baseman Todd Zeile hit the game's only homer, a solo shot in the fourth, his ninth of the season. That cut Florida's lead to 6-4. The Marlins scored their final runs in the fifth off Candiotti on a fielder's choice grounder by Renteria and an RBI single by Floyd.
Nomo had his shortest and least effective outing of the season, allowing nine hits and six runs, five earned, in four innings.
``I had really bad control,'' Nomo said through an interpreter. ``I've been trying to be careful with my control. They hit my fastballs.''
Notes: Leiter and Nomo each pitched no-hitters last season _ both against the Colorado Rockies. Leiter pitched his gem May 11 in Miami; Nomo pitched his on Sept. 17 at Coors Field. They each gave up a hit to the second batter they faced Tuesday night. ... Even with all the hitting, there were a total of 25 strikeouts in the game _ 13 by Florida's five pitchers. ... Sheffield and White, both on the 15-day disabled list, took batting practice before the game. Sheffield injured his left thumb trying to make a sliding catch earlier this month, while White is recovering from knee surgery. ... Outfielder Wayne Kirby, optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League by the Dodgers last week, cleared waivers and accepted the outright assignment. He planned to join the Dukes today in Albuquerque. ... The Dodgers dropped to 18-4 when scoring four or more runs.