Fish Wrap: Marlins 2, Braves 3, Confidence 0

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 09: Pitcher Chris Volstad #41 0f the Florida Marlins Reacts after giving up a double to the Atlanta Braves at Sun Life Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

There's nothing quite like an eight-game losing streak to deflate a fan's confidence in his team, as this week's fan confidence poll results indicate. Our collective faith in the Fish was sitting at an abysmal 40% when the results were posted today, and after tonight's loss to the Braves, we can probably safely knock five or ten points off of that. 

The Marlins have been swept, at home, again. 

Chris Volstad made a valiant effort to turn things around for the Fish, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Matt Young's little dribbler up the first base line ended it. After the no-hitter was done, the shutout was quick to follow. Alex Gonzalez doubled to drive in Young and give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Volstad would last through two outs in the seventh, but not before he allowed two more runs to Atlanta.  Freddie Freeman and Brooks Conrad singled to put runners at the corners, and Vols threw a wild pitch that allowed Freeman to score. After Matt Young worked a walk, Chris gave up a single to Jair Jurrjens, of all people, to put the Braves up 3-0.

The Marlins managed to avoid a shutout, which is a tiny speck of good news in what was otherwise a crapfest. (Must be that shiny new hitting coach, huh?) In the bottom of the seventh, Mike Stanton hit a solo home run to put the Fish on the board, and after John Buck doubled, Emilio Bonifacio's single plated Buck and brought the Fish within a run. 

They would stay within a run. And lose. Again. The team managed a grand total of seven hits in the game, and left six on base.

So is it officially time to pull a Jeff Loria and hit the panic button? 

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