MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 07: Bryan Petersen #16 of the Florida Marlins rounds second after hitting a solo home run during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium on August 7, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
It feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating the team’s triumphant return to .500, but back on their home turf, all forward progress has come to a screeching halt.
Javy Vazquez went six innings and gave up four runs to the Cards. He pitched well, but the defense behind him was sloppy. Logan Morrison and Emilio Bonifacio ran into each other attempting to catch a pop up, and Mike Stanton committed an error to help out the Redbirds score three times with two out in the sixth.
Thanks to Bryan Petersen, the Fish tied it in the bottom of the inning. Petey hit his first Big League home run—and the Marlins’ first pinch-hit homer—a two-run shot to tie up the game.
The ugly defense wasn’t finished, however. Boni committed a throwing error in the top of the seventh, and the Cardinals scored three times to take a 7-4 lead.
They would round out their scoring off of Steve Cishek in the ninth, and go on to complete the sweep with an 8-4 victory.