Happy Friday Miami sports fans! Here is what you need to know for this weekend.
Marlins in town/yesterday’s loss: The Fish are in town this weekend, continuing their series with the Colorado Rockies. The Marlins lost game one yesterday 6-3. The Rockies got hot in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on four hits and two Marlins’ errors. However, the scoring continued into the fifth inning, including a home-run from shortstop, Trevor Story. An RBI double by Ian Desmond gave Colorado their sixth run. Miami’s three runs all came on solo home-runs. A sixth inning solo shot from J.T. Riddle cut the deficit to 6-1. Neil Walker’s solo shot in the eighth inning cut the Marlins’ deficit to only four runs. In the ninth catcher Jorge Alfaro made things 6-3, but it was not enough. Jose Urena takes his first loss this season after allowing all six of the runs.
The Marlins send Trevor Richards to the hill today, Pablo Lopez on Saturday and Sandy Alcantara to finish off the weekend. Friday first pitch: 7:10 Saturday first pitch: 6:10 Sunday first pitch: 1:10.
Heat recap/weekend games: The Heat were in action last night, hosting the Mavericks. After quarter one, things were close at 29-26, however Dallas got hot in the second. At halftime the Heat trailed by ten points 59-49, but they would not be done there. Miami shot their way back into the game and actually went on to win 105-99. The Heat’s Goran Dragic recorded a double-double, scoring 24 points and 11 assists. Detroit beat Orlando last night, so the Heat are back in playoff position by half a game.
Miami is in action Saturday night against the Knicks in Manhattan. This should be a winnable game for the Heat, but anything is possible. Miami leads the season series 2-0 and look for a clean sweep. New York is just 1-4 in their last five games in what has been a #TankforZion season.
Panthers win/weekend: The Panthers were in action in Ottawa last night. Both teams are out of playoff contention, so this was just for bragging rights. Things were knotted at one apiece after period one. Florida got hot in the second period and added two more goals to go up 3-1. Ottawa got back into the game in the third and only trailed 3-2, however two empty net goals Dryden Hunt and Jonathan Huberdeau made it a 5-2 Panthers’ win.
The Panthers travel to Boston to take on the Bruins on Saturday. The Panthers have not played as of late, winning just one game in their past five games. Boston, however is 4-1 in their last five and have scored at least five goals in those victories. Boston owns the season series 2-1 and the Panthers have a chance to take the split tomorrow.
Miami Open continues: The Miami Open finishes up this weekend. The males’ singles semi-finals and womens’semis finish up today with the finals getting underway tomorrow and Sunday. American, John Isner is in action today against Canadian, Felix Auger Aliassime. Fourth-ranked, Roger Federer takes on 20th ranked, Denis Shapovalav as he looks to get into the finals.