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Fish Wrap: Marlins 2, Brewers 7

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It's hard to get swept in a four-game series. In fact, the feat may be among the more difficult in baseball. If a team wants the honor, they reeeeally have to work for it, especially in a series played at home, against the team with the worst road record in baseball

But the Fish managed to pull it off. Huzzah.

Javier Vazquez took a break from his recent solid pitching and was up to his old  tricks, lasting only four innings against the Brew Crew, while allowing six runs on eight hits. Javy gave up a run in the first when Rickie Weeks doubled and Ryan Braun drove him in with a single. 

Javy also mimicked Anibal Sanchez's third and fourth innings from Sunday, giving up three runs in the third and another pair in the fourth. (I'm thinking the remainder of the Marlins starting rotation need not apply this new rule to their starts. Just a thought.) Prince Fielder's three-run homer in the third gave the Brewers a 4-1 lead, and they added two runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Jonathan Lucroy and Nyjer Morgan.

It's not a big shocker that the Fish struggled against Zack Greinke. They managed to pull off a first-inning run exactly as the Brewers did-- Omar Infante doubled, and Logan Morrison singled him home to tie up the game. In the third, Chris Coghlan doubled and LoMo added his second RBI of the game on a double to drive him in. Omar Infante was 3-for-3 in the game with a run scored, and LoMo went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs. But that was essentially the end of the good news for the Marlins, as Greinke went seven innings and didn't allow another run.

The bullpen took over for Javy after the fourth, and held the Brewers to one run over five innings. Brian Sanches tossed three innings, and allowed one run in a shaky seventh. He walked two, and gave up an RBI single to Fielder to make it 7-2.

Steve Cishek handled the eighth and ninth like a champ, but the Marlins didn't stage a ninth-inning rally, and they got swept.

The Fish are on their longest losing streak of the season, and it sucks.