With the NFL not currently in season, and the Florida Panthers not having made the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, South Florida has only two sports teams currently in season, and it will remain this way until September comes around and the Miami Dolphins start their season. One of these teams is currently in the playoffs, and are “White Hot”. The other is struggling mightily, and reached their 41st loss this season, in only 54 games. One team is fully loaded with an arsenal of superstars. The other sold all of theirs in two fire sales last season. Miami sports fans are in for a disappointing time during the months of June to September.
Miami‘s “White Hot” Run Vs. Pacers
The Heat seemed to have lost their thunder as they took the trip to Indiana, as they had just lost game 2 of the series, and had also lost home-court advantage of the series. Miami did not give up hope yet. The won game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, lead by a surge from role player Udonis Haslem, thus regaining home-court advantage.
Many started to doubt the Heat though, after having lost game 4. With the series being made one that is best-of-3, the Heat sought to take advantage of playing at home and winning so they could get two opportunities to close out the Pacers. Indiana was dominant much of the first half, and went into halftime with the 44-40 lead. But this wouldn’t stand long as LeBron James and, once again, Udonis Haslem stepped up to the plate in a big way and lead the Heat to a monstrous third quarter, outscoring the Pacers 30-13. The Heat played consistent the rest of the way through, and picked up the win, defeating the pacers 90-79. Miami will look to close out the series in Indiana on June 1st, which would give them a third straight Eastern Conference championship and trip to the NBA Finals, where they would meet up with the San Antonio Spurs.
Struggling Marlins Fail to Win Vs. Rays
Coming into their four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Miami Marlins were carrying a five game losing streak with them. Things did not get much better for them in this series, as they almost doubled the streak, which is now at nine.
In the first game of the series at Tropicana Field on Memorial Day, both teams wore camouflage jerseys and hats to commemorate all current and fallen members of the Armed Forces. The Marlins wore grey road jerseys (for once) with camo front and back numbering and lettering, while the Rays their home whites with the same camo numbering and lettering. The 20 year old rookie star and de facto ace for the Marlins, Jose Fernandez was on the mound. He had a great first inning, in which he struck out three batters and was throwing strikes at an upwards of 99 mph, but when the second inning came, things went wrong, to say the least. Fernandez struggled to find the strike zone and was walking batter after batter. He gave up a total of six runs in the second inning. He was able to stay consistent through the rest of his time in the game though, regaining his ability to throw strikes. On offense, the Marlins were able to creep back in to the game, scoring six runs of their own to make the game 7-6 at the time. The Marlins were not able to fully make the comeback though, and lost the game 10-6.
It was much of the same for the next game of the series in Tampa, with losing 7-6. With the series being moved to MarlinsPark in Miami for the final two games, Miami was not able to grasp onto a win, falling 3-1. In the fourth and final game of the “Citrus Series”, as it is called, Miami fell once again, 5-2. This was the 9th straight loss for “The Fish”.
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