He never expected the Marlins' young pitching staff to do so
well in downtown Denver's thin air.
"I can tell you from catching here that it can be a
nightmare," Girardi said after the Marlins completed a three-game
sweep of the Rockies with a 4-3 win Sunday.
"They say the park has changed, and maybe the ball doesn't
carry as well, but I didn't see many guys hit the ball where (Matt)
Holliday hit it today," Girardi said. "That didn't stop that
ball. They are a little different club than we had when I was here,
and we had Bichette, and Galarraga, and Castilla and Walker. Those
guys hit 30 home runs everywhere they played. I think our pitchers
did an exceptional job."
Rookie right-hander Scott Olsen followed the leads of Dontrelle
Willis and rookie Ricky Nolasco and allowed three earned runs and
six hits in 6 2-3 innings, overcoming a 455-foot homer by Holliday
that left the stadium on one bounce.
Nolasco tossed eight shutout innings Saturday night, 24 hours
after Willis ended his six-game skid with a superb seven-inning
outing and the bullpen was brilliant all series.
The only Colorado hitter to solve Olsen (4-3) was Holliday, who
singled twice and hit his 13th homer, a two-run shot in the fourth
that cleared the left-field bleachers, smacked the outfield walkway
and bounced into the players' parking lot.
Holliday was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Garrett
Atkins' double in the seventh, although replays showed that
Holliday swiped his left hand across the plate before Treanor
tagged him under the arm.
"Looking at the tape, I thought I was safe," Holliday said.
Or bad call, suggested Colorado manager Clint Hurdle, who would
get tossed an inning later after arguing another questionable call.
Atkins' double went over Josh Willingham's head in left field
but he recovered with a perfect throw to shortstop Hanley Ramirez,
whose relay forced Treanor to step right in front of the runner's
"Whenever you do that, you take the chance of getting run
over," Girardi said. "He was willing to sacrifice his body for
'Oly' and the team."
Treanor said he braced for a collision when he saw the 6-foot-4,
235-pound Holliday getting waved around third.
"(I'm) really surprised he didn't crush me, to be honest. He's
a football player and all that stuff," Treanor said.
Holliday chose a hook slide, saying he didn't have enough steam
to try to run over the catcher.
"And I got my hand in there," he said. "I touched it as he
was getting close to my shoulder. Or maybe he didn't tag me at
Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson then rung up pinch-hitter Brad
Hawpe on a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be several inches outside,
drawing Hurdle out of the dugout for the second time.
Hurdle was ejected an inning later by first base umpire Darryl
Cousins, who called Treanor safe after Barmes' throw drew Todd
Helton off first. Helton argued he swiped Treanor before he reached
"Three bad calls in 10 minutes," Hurdle said. "Enough is
Joe Borowski pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in
Florida outscored Colorado 21-5 in the series. The Rockies have
lost 10 of 12 and their fifth straight loss matched their longest
skid of the season.
"We didn't take ring sizes after the first six weeks. We're not
going to hang nooses from branches now," Hurdle said.
The Marlins have won nine of 12, a streak that coincides with
the return of outfielder Jeremy Hermida from the disabled list on
May 22. Hermida had an RBI in the fourth.
Jason Jennings (3-6) gave up four runs and 10 hits in seven
innings. He allowed Mike Jacobs' solo homer in the first and
Ramirez's solo shot in the seventh and his defense committed an
uncharacteristic three errors.
"You don't get the breaks when you're not going well,"
Holliday is hitting a major league-best .533 (16-for-30)
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