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Fish Wrap - Marlins 4, Phillies 11

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I've got some good news and some bad news.

The good news is, Andrew Miller finally shaved that monstrosity off his face, and took the mound Monday night clean-shaven to face the Phillies.

The bad news is... well, everything else that happened in the Marlins' series opener with Philadelphia.

OK, OK, so there were a few shining moments in the game. But none of them happened while Miller was on the hill.

Big Game Andrew cruised through all of one inning, and then things began to slowly unravel. Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the top of the second, Chase Utley hit a solo shot of his own in the top of the third, and Carlos Ruiz added a two-run long ball in the fourth to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.

Then the fifth inning happened, and the Phillies grabbed three more runs on RBI hits from Werth and Ruiz before BGA was yanked. He gave up seven runs on nine hits in just five innings. I guess without the 'stache there to distract the hitters, it was bound to happen.

Jay Buente picked up right where BGA left off and gave up three runs in the sixth to make it 10-0 in favor of the Philths. And while the pitching staff was busy throwing batting practice to the Phillies lineup, the Fish got absolutely zero done against Joe Blanton until the bottom of the sixth. That's when Logan Morrison hit a solo homer to finally put the Marlins on the board. 

The Phillies got the run back, though, when Jose Ceda gave up Philadelphia's fourth home run of the game to Greg Dobbs to make it 11-1.

And then came a tiny silver lining on the otherwise crappy cloud of a blow-out. The next home run was off the bat of a Marlin, and it made history. Dan Uggla hit a homer on a line drive to center, and with that long ball became the first second baseman in Major League history to have four consecutive 30+ home run seasons. And his name is Dan Uggla. (We promise.)

So the Marlins lost the series opener with the Phils, but enjoyed a piece of history in the process. They'll try that whole "winning" thing again tomorrow.