Another day, another loss for the Florida Marlins.
Though the team made a gallant effort to overcome the nine-run hole that Ricky Nolasco dug for them in his three innings of work, they couldn't quite slug their way out of it, and the team dropped their series finale to the Dbacks.
The Marlins are below .500 for the first time since April 3.
Ricky gave up four runs in a terrible first inning in which he walked two to lead off the game. Justin Upton singled in the first run, and Miguel Montero's double cleared the bases to put the Marlins down by four runs before their first at-bat.
Another Miguel Montero RBI double in the third made it 5-0, and after an RBI groundout by Juan Miranda, Ricky gave up a two-run homer to pitcher Zach Duke. Justin Upton added his second RBI single of the game, and it was 9-0.
That was the end of the line for Ricky. And what a horrid line it was. Nine runs on eight hits and four walks in just three innings.
If you'd like to search for the silver lining of this loss (seriously, what else do we have at this point?), the Fish banged out 9 runs on 16 hits, and were 10-for-20 with runners in scoring position. What's that? You still don't feel good about the Marlins' June tailspin? Me either.
The Fish fought back in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs off of Zach Duke. Ricky Nolasco decided to attempt to make up for his putrid pitching with a double, Emilio Bonifacio singled, and Omar Infante doubled them both in. After a walk by Gaby Sanchez, Mike Stanton's RBI single made it 9-3.
Burke Badenhop took over for Ricky in the fourth, and had some struggles of his own. After having Chris Young in a 1-2 count, Hopper walked him, gave up another double to Miguel Freaking Montero, a two-run single to Miranda, and an RBI single to Ryan Roberts to put the Marlins down 12-9.
For the rest of the game, the Marlins tried to play make-up. In the bottom of the fourth, the Hopper hit an "I'm sorry for sucking this inning" double off the left field wall, and Bonifacio doubled him home.
The Marlins scored another three runs in the fifth. Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez singled, and Mike Stanton's RBI double scored one. Wes Helms added a single to drive in Gaby, and with two out, Osvaldo Martinez singled in Stanton to cut the Marlins' deficit to five runs.
Two more runs in the eighth brought the Fish within three. Infante and Dobbs walked, and John Buck's two-run singled made it 12-9.
Though the bullpen was able to hold the Dbacks to their 12 runs after the fourth, the Marlins' bats couldn't quite make up the difference, and the Marlins lost. Again.
Is it July yet?