Giancarlo Stanton’s Florida/Miami Marlins home run record will likely last for some time. Stanton set the mark in 2015.
The man he replaced atop the Marlins’ all-time home run list set broke the club record on this day a decade ago. “His name is Dan Uggla.”
Uggla entered the July 31, 2010 contest between the Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres at Petco Park with 143 home runs as a member of the Marlins. That was tied with Mike Lowell for the most in club history. By the time the night was over, Uggla stood alone in that category in a 6-3 victory for Florida.
Coincidentally, it would be Stanton who got the scoring started with the long ball. Hitting clean-up, Uggla would walk to open the second inning. Two batters later, the slugger then known as “Mike” took Kevin Correia deep to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
With the score unchanged in the top of the sixth, Uggla would make history. After walking and grounding out in his first two at-bats, Uggla took the first pitch he saw from Correia in the sixth deep to left field for a solo home run. It was the 144th of his career, setting a new club record.
While Stanton and Uggla were hitting majestic blasts, starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco was outstanding on the mound. Nolasco took a no-hitter into the sixth before Scott Hairston led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run.
Up 3-1, the Marlins would add an unearned run in the seventh. In the ninth, Gaby Sánchez plated a pair with a two-run single.
Nolasco worked into the ninth, but was pulled after a two-run single by San Diego’s Adrian González cut the lead to three and moved the tying run on deck. A Miguel Tejada single brought the tying run to the plate, but closer Leo Nuñez induced a pair of groundouts to end the contest.
When the night was said and done, Uggla was the story. His club record for home runs, however, would last less than five years. The man who would beat it finished with two of Florida’s seven hits that evening.
Uggla would finish the 2010 season with 33 home runs and a career-best 105 RBIs. He and Stanton are the only players to hit 150 home runs as a member of the Marlins. His then record-breaking 144th came on this day 10 years ago.