The Marlins and Brewers were back in action Friday night for game two of their series in the city of beer, brats and cheese. (And speaking of cheese, FSFL broadcasts in Milwaukee are not recommended for the lactose intolerant.)
The first inning looked very promising for the Fish. Mark Rogers hit Cameron Maybin with a pitch to open the game, Ozzie Martinez walked, and after LoMo was called out on a "strike" that was way out of the zone (the first of many questionable calls at the plate), Dan Uggla walked to load the bases. It seemed the Marlins had a chance to touch up the rookie in his first Big League start, however he pitched his way out of the inning, striking out Gaby Sanchez and Chad Tracy to get out of the jam.
That was all the Marlins would do against Rogers in his three innings of work.
Andrew Miller got through the first two innings without giving up a run or being yanked from the game, which many would consider a victory in and of itself. In the third, however, the Brew Crew put a couple runs on the board. BGA gave up one-out singles to Rogers and Rickie Weeks, then hit Corey Hart with a pitch to load the bases for Ryan Braun, who drove in two runs with a single to right. Mike Stanton threw out Hart at third on the play, and Andrew struck out Prince Fielder to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Brewers scored another pair of runs off of Miller. After he walked Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart, Ryan Braun added another RBI hit to make it 3-1. Prince Fielder followed suit, and singled to left to drive in Hart. After 4 1/3 frames, BGA was done, and it was bullpen time.
The Marlins finally scored in the top of the seventh. Mike Stanton doubled to open the inning, and Cameron Maybin singled him to third. Then Ozzie collected his very first Major League RBI on a single to left field, ending the shutout. Uh, that also pretty much ended the good news for the Marlins.
Burke Badenhop gave up a pair of runs to the Brewers in the eighth. Joe Inglett tripled in one, and Weeks added an RBI single to make it 6-1 in favor of Milwaukee.
The Fish did add another run in the ninth off of Trevor Hoffman. Scott Cousins tripled and scored on a sac fly by Emilio Bonifacio, but that was all the offense the Marlins could muster, and the team has once again dipped below the .500 mark.
To top things off, Logan Morrison's on-base streak came to a halt at 42 games, and the Fish were officially eliminated from contention with the loss. It was a super fun game to watch.