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Fish Wrap - Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 0

Alex, dude, you've done good.  Let's see if the Hopper can get you out of this mess. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Alex, dude, you've done good. Let's see if the Hopper can get you out of this mess. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Marlins were hoping for the split in the four-game series with the Diamondbacks.  The consensus thought seemed to be that this would give the Marlins a winning record for the road trip.  I completely disagree, though. Oh sure, the Marlins were on the road for 13-games, but it is extremely hard to call the first three games part of the road trip.  Especially when the front office gleefully gave up three home games to satisfy MLB.  A road game is when the schedule calls for the team to hit the road, not when the front office decides to placate MLB by playing home games away from home.

Enough about that, the Marlins did indeed get the split.

The Marlins got on the board in the fourth when Hanley Ramirez hit an infield single and then stole second.  Jorge Cantu would double to center, scoring Hanley.  Dan Uggla continued his RBI ways by hitting a single to left to score Cantu.  2-0 Marlins.

This would end the Marlins scoring, but that was okay since the Diamondbacks wouldn't score at all.

Alex Sanabia pitched well the first time through the order but Arizona soon figured him out.  In the bottom of the fourth, Justin Upton singled, Mark Reynolds followed with a one-out single to put runners on first and second, and Stephen Drew singled to load the bases.  This was all Edwin needed to see, and he called for Burke Badenhop.  The Hopper threw a grand total of 2 pitches, and the second sinker induced a 6-4-3 double play.  Problem averted.

From there, Brian Sanches, Jose Veras, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez would throw scoreless innings.  This was one of the bullpen's finest nights, uh, I mean days.  It is kinda hard to keep track when the roof is closed and the team is out West.

Nonetheless, the Marlins are on a mini-roll heading into the All-Star break.  And judging by the way most of them are playing, they can use a mental and physical break.