OK, who forgot to send the Marlins the memo outlining the joys of playing spoiler in the wildcard race? Because they don't seem to realize that's what they're supposed to be doing right now.
In game two for the Marlins and Braves at Turner Field, Anibal Sanchez and Tim Hudson dueled it out through six innings. The starters traded zeros until the third, when the Marlins manufactured a run. Brad Davis led off with a double, Bonifacio hit an infield single to move him to third, and Cameron Maybin hit an infield single of his own to bring Davis home.
In the sixth inning, the Braves nearly tied up the score when Brian McCann reached on a force out, and tried to score on a double by Derek Lee. Not really sure what inspired McCann to believe he could make it home, but thanks to Mike Stanton and Uggs, Davis got the ball, took a brief nap, had some dinner, got in a workout, then tagged out McCann when he finally neared the plate.
The Marlins held their lead until the seventh inning, which didn't go so well for the Fish, and Anibal in particular, as the Braves suddenly solved him. Melky Cabrera singled to lead off the inning, and scored when Brooks Conrad tripled off the right field wall. Cameron Maybin crashed into the wall trying to make the play, and had to be carted off the field with a lower back strain. Then, to quite literally add insult to injury, Rodriguez opted to keep Anibal in the game, and Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer to right to put Atlanta on top 3-1.
The Fish got a run back in the eighth off of Peter Moylan when Dan Uggla collected his 100th RBI and 32nd homer of the year, marking the first 100-RBI season of Danny's career.
And thus ends the good news from the game. Billy Wagner handled the Marlins in the 9th, and the Marlins were a run short when all was said and done.
If you want to look at the positives here, at least it wasn't a walk-off win for the Braves.