In a game seen by few, the Marlins finally won one and broke the six-game losing streak!
Now, to the game. Both starters, Chris Volstad for the Marlins and Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals, had a 1-2-3 first inning. But unfortunately for Carpenter the second inning rolled around.
In the second Dan Uggla led off the inning with a double off the teal monster. Gaby Sanchez followed with a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. Chad Tracy hit a deep fly ball to center on which both Danny and Gaby successfully tagged to advance a base each. So with one out the next batter was Mike Stanton. The Cardinals looked the situation over and decided to walk Stanton intentionally to load the bases. This served two purpose, one being it put the double play in order and two, Brad Davis was on deck and they thought they would rather take their chances with Davis, who had a robust .229 batting average going into the game. This would prove to be a very bad move on the Cardinals part. Davis on the third pitch of the at bat, crushed the ball into the orange seats in left for a Grand Slam Home Run! Brad became the first Marlins catcher, who was already playing catcher, to hit a grand slam. 4-0 Marlins.
That would be all Chris Volstad needed. And truth be told, the game was won when Danny crossed the plate, all the other runners were just there to make it a bigger celebration at the plate when Brad crossed home.
Volstad found his "A" game and he never lost it. Chris would throw a complete game shutout, the second of his career. I guess throwing on six-days rest, due to the suspension, really suited him. Hey Chris, throw at Nyger more often. Volstad completed the game on a career high 118 pitches.
The game only lasted 1 hour, 52 minutes - the fastest in Marlins history.
And oh, Logan Morrison extended his on-base streak to 39 games.
A good day all around at the ball park. The losing streak is history. Now, if they can just figure out how to win one when the fans can actually see the game, we will be in business.