MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 04: Mike Stanton #27 of the Florida Marlins misses a fly ball during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium on August 4, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
This game featured some pretty bad pitching by both starters, translating into that both offenses got lots of hits and opportunities. But the difference was: the Cardinals took advantage of theirs, the Marlins did not.
Here is basically what happened.
The Cardinals put up runs in the first when Clay Hensley couldn't find the strike zone with both hands and a flashlight. Hensley with one out walked John Jay and Albert Pujols to put runners on first and second. But they didn't stay there long. Hensley finally got a ball over the plate and Matt Holliday sent over the scoreboard for a 3-run home run. Making the score 3-0 Cardinals and the Marlins had yet to bat.
The Marlins, to their credit, did answer back in the bottom half of the inning. Emilio Bonifacio led things off with a double off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse. Only to be followed by Omar Infante hitting a double of his own to score Boni. Then with one out Gaby Sanchez worked a walk bringing Logan Morrison the plate. LoMo did not disappoint. On the sixth pitch of his at bat, LoMo laced a double to center scoring Infante and Gaby to tie the score. Unfortunately, that would end the scoring for the Marlins. Mike Stanton hit a sharp single to left moving LoMo to third. With two outs, John Buck walked to load the bases for Hensley. While Hensley hasn't had a hit all year, I was thinking, here we go, he will help himself out in dramatic fashion and the Marlins will take the lead. Apparently I have seen too many baseball movies. Hensley flied out to center to end the inning and leaving the score at 3 a piece.
In the third, the Cardinals were right back at it. Or maybe more precisely, Hensley was right back at it. This would be a disaster of an inning. With one out, Pujols singled and then Hensley hit Holliday to put runners on first and second. Lance Berkman followed with a single to load the bases. David Freese was next to bat and he probably wishes he would have stayed in the dugout. On the ninth pitch of the at bat, Hensley hit him in the head to score the runner from third. Freese left the game with a mild concussion. That ended the night for Hensley. Burke Badenhop took over. The Hopper was trying to induce a ground ball so the Marlins could turn a double play and get out of this mess. He got the ground ball but it deflected off Infante's right hand, breaking his finger, into right for a two run double. The score now stood at 6-3 Cardinals.
The Cardinals added another run in the fourth when Pujols went yard to left center. Who knew he could hit? 7-3 Cardinals.
The Marlins kinda put up an anemic rally in the eighth. Oh, it started good with the Fish loading the bases with one out, but it sorta fizzled from there. Boni popped out to short for the first out. Wes Helms, who took over for Infante, struck out. So with two outs Greg Dobbs salvaged something out of the inning by singling to left to score a run. But that would end the scoring for the game. Final: Marlins 4, Cardinals 7.
The Marlins had their chances all through out the game to put runs on the board, but never could come up with the timely hits to claw their way back. Overall, the team just wasn't hitting on all cylinders.