Though the bats stayed hot, and the Fish hit another three home runs, the team couldn't overcome another rough outing by Javier Vazquez, and they dropped game two of their series with the Diamondbacks, 9-5.
Well, that winning thing was fun while it lasted. If the Marlins could erase the fourth inning of the game, we'd be celebrating a victory right now. Unfortunately, according to Bud Selig's voicemail, there is no instance in Major League Baseball where the deletion of an inning from existence is allowed. Crap.
Let's start with the good new, shall we?
Ian Kennedy struck out nine over eight innings, but gave up five runs on eight hits, including three home runs. Chris Coghlan led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot to tie the game, and scored another run in the third on an RBI triple by Logan Morrison.
In the fifth, the Marlins would score three more, on back-to-back home runs by Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton, who hit a monster shot to center to put up the Marlins 5th run of the game.
And now for the bad news:
Javy had his worst start of the season, giving up seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings. The pitcher gave up his signature first-inning run on Saturday night via a leadoff solo shot to Ryan Roberts. After the home run, though, it appeared Javy might keep it together. He fairly cruised through the first three innings, collecting six K's and even striking out the side in the third.
But then came the fourth inning, and the wheels fell off as the D-Backs scored six more runs before Edwin pulled Vazquez for Brian Sanches. Stephen Drew hit a leadoff home run, then Javy gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. After he walked in the Dbacks' third run of the game, Kelly Johnson hit a three-run double. Justin followed with a double to score Johnson, and that was it for Vazquez.
Brian Sanches struck out Stephen Drew to end the fourth, but he would give up two runs in the fifth. Chris Young singled to lead off the inning, stole second, and moved to third on Miguel Montero's groundout. With Xavier Nady at bat, Sanches threw a wild pitch that allowed Drew to score. Sanchez walked Nady, and gave up a triple to Gerardo Parra to give Arizona their ninth run of the game.
And now I am ready to stop reliving this nightmare of a game. The Fish are six games back from the Phillies, and are just one teensy game over .500. Apparently now that the offense is warming back up, it's time for the pitching to take a nosedive.