It should probably make everyone feel better that the Marlins just faced arguably the best pitching Major League baseball has to offer.
It should. But if you watched the Fish flail against the Giants for the third straight game, and get swept for the first time this season--at home to boot--the Giants' stellar pitching really wasn't much of a consolation.
Matt Cain was the third San Fran pitcher to manhandle the Fish this series, taking the mound Thursday night and no-hitting the Fish for 5 2/3 innings. Thank the heavens above that Chris Coghlan busted up the no-hit bid with a two-out single in the sixth, because possibly the only thing worse than witnessing a sweep of the Fish would be watching Matt Cain and the Giants celebrating a no-no on the Marlins home field. And then watching the highlights 70,000 times on SportsCenter.
Ricky Nolasco wasn't outstanding on the mound, but he had a quality start, going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits. Unfortunately for Ricky, he would have needed a shutout to have any hope of a win, given the comatose bats the Marlins have been swinging this home stand.
The fun just kept right on coming as Nolasco joined the Fish in displaying yet again why they are leading baseball in errors. Both Ricky and Cody Ross committed throwing errors in the game, bringing the team's not-so-grand total to 28 on the season.
Leroux topped things off by having a rough night on the mound, allowing three runs to the Giants in just one inning to put the game out of reach.
The Marlins scored a run off of Cain in the seventh on a double from Hanley and an RBI single from Dan Uggla, and had plenty of opportunities to add on in the eighth, but the team couldn't manage to squeeze more than one run out of a bases loaded, one out situation.
Dan Uggla walked and scored in the bottom of the ninth to make it 6-3, but that was all the Marlins lifeless offense could muster, and the Giants completed their sweep of the Fish.
The Marlins head out for a six-game road trip to DC and Chi-Town today, and hopefully a change of scenery can put a little life back into the team.