That’s more like it. Well, it’s not ideal, but a win’s a win. Chipper had to carry the offense — as he’s likely to have to for much of the season. In the third, trailing 1-0, he singled in Orr (starting at second), and in the thirteenth he hit a solo homer. He finished the game 4-6 but got stranded a lot as Andruw was 1-6 and Mondesi was basically useless, 0-4 with a walk.
Marcus is in Atlanta for an MRI on his leg. If it was really bad, we’d know, but that’s certainly not good. Estrada continues day-to-day. Orr had two hits and a walk, but Eddie Perez was useless as usual, 0-6.
Hampton was in trouble for much of the early going, but the Marlins kept hitting into double plays. Pierre was thrown out at the plate in the first trying to score on a pop fly to Jordan. In the second, the Marlins did get a run but that was on a bases-loaded double play. Twin killings ended the third and the fourth, the latter with runners at the corners. Pierre also popped into a bunt double play in the tenth with a runner on second, none out, and Tom Martin pitching — bunting on Martin is just dumb, because he can’t get you out anyway. And in the thirteenth, Furcal and Orr turned a tough DP that looked more like an infield single at first.
Bernero pitched two innings for the win; all the relievers but Sosa got into the game. Kolb got the save despite having terrible problems finding the strike zone. Bobby for some reason didn’t use any reliever but Bernero to throw more than one inning, which makes even a seven-man pen fairly shallow in a 13-inning game.
Hudson versus Burnett tomorrow night on TBS.