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Fish Wrap: Marlins 1, Astros... a lot more than that

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The Marlins did not pull off their first ever sweep of the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston Sunday afternoon.

And here's why:

Anibal Sanchez struggled in his second start. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings, and gave up six runs on 13 hits, including two hits to pitcher J.A. Happ.

The Marlins finally took the lead first in a game, but they quickly relinquished it. In contrast to Houston's, the Marlins' bats were in a complete coma against Happ. The Fish only managed four hits, and scored just one run, courtesy of an RBI single by Logan Morrison in the first inning. 

The Fish had very few opportunities against Happ, but when they did, they didn't capitalize. For instance, in a two-on, no-out situation in the fifth, with Anibal at bat, Wes Helms got himself picked off of second. The inning died shortly thereafter. 

Oh well. It just wasn't the Marlins' day. But at least Jim Joyce made things a little interesting.

Edward Mujica came on in the bottom of the seventh, and hit Bill Hall on his posterior with the first pitch. Without a warning, Jim "Itchy Trigger Finger" Joyce tossed Mujica from the game. Edwin gave Joyce a nice earful, probably in large part due to the fact that the Marlins didn't have anyone warming up in the bullpen. Of course, the speculation is that Mujica hit Hall to pay him back for the slide into Hanley Ramirez Friday night. Mujica, naturally, denies doing it purposely.

In the ninth, the Astros countered with Aneury Rodriguez, who hit Gaby Sanchez and got tossed from the game as well. And that's about all that was noteworthy from Sunday's series finale in Houston.

I am never one to advocate violence (excepting, of course, against the Phillies), but a nice benches-clearing brawl might be the only thing that could have redeemed this game.