The Marlins lost their third game in a row Friday night at PETCO Park, out-played by the San Diego Padres as the Fish went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and were unable to capitalize on their opportunities.
It didn't help that Mike Stanton had to be scratched from the lineup for pain resulting from a stubbed toe, or that Gaby Sanchez went 0-for-4 in response to Jack McKeon putting him in the number two spot in hopes of shaking the lineup into production.
The Fish got on the board in the top of the first against Wade LeBlanc, who walked Gaby Sanchez with one out, and gave up an RBI double to Jose Lopez.
Unfortunately, the Padres answered right back against Chris Volstad, who allowed four runs on six hits in his five innings on the mound, and struck out seven. The Pads tied up the score on a run in the bottom of the first, an RBI single from former Fish Cameron Maybin. The hit scored Will Venable, who Vols walked to lead off the inning.
The Marlins would add another run in the fourth when Chris Volstad helped out his own cause with an RBI double to score Mike Cameron, who had singled.
In the bottom of the inning, though, the Pads would answer right back and erase the Marlins' lead. Kyle Blanks went deep for a two-run homer to put San Diego on top, 3-2 .
The Padres added a final run in the following inning on an RBI single by Jason Bartlett, which would prove to be the deciding run in the game.
In the sixth, the Marlins had a golden opportunity to take back the lead when Jose Lopez doubled, and Bryan Petersen and Alfredo Amezaga walked to load the bases. With one out, Mike Stanton was called on to pinch hit, but struck out against reliever Erik Hamren. Emilio Bonifacio was up next and walked to force in a run, but Gaby Sanchez struck out to end the inning, and one run was all the Marlins could squeeze out of the situation.
The Marlins lost, 4-3, and just two-and-a-half weeks after reaching the .500 mark, are once again 11 games under, sitting dead last in the NL East.
I think I speak for all FishStripers when I say: booooo.