ugg bailey button sale Florida Marlins fall to Braves for seventh straight loss
The Marlins are in another free fall, this time mired in a seven game losing streak following their 6 2 loss to the Braves on Wednesday in a game that was not competitive after the Braves scored five runs in the first two innings.
With the NL West leading and defending World Series champion Giants coming to South Florida for three games starting Friday, the streak could bring back memories of the worst month in team history.
“Our starting pitching has got to get tough and hold them down early in the game,” manager Jack McKeon said. “We cannot keep battling back trying to fight an uphill battle. Four or five runs every two or three innings in the beginning of the ball game is not going to work.”
The Marlins had two long losing streaks in June, eight and 11 games. They finished 5 23 for the month. Florida is 2 7 in August and after playing the Giants head west to face the Rockies and Padres.
The Marlins, 0 7 on this home stand, were swept by the Braves at home for the second time this season. The Marlins were able to rally from a three run deficit on Tuesday to force extra innings before losing 4 3 in 11 innings.
Braves starter Tim Hudson made sure on Wednesday there would be no comeback after Anibal Sanchez lasted just 1.2 innings, equaling the shortest outing of his career. Hudson allowed two runs, including a Morrison home run leading off the eighth inning, in 7.1 innings.
“We have all the talent in the world, what we don’t have is experience and that veteran who is in the lineup everyday that can be an anchor for us,” Morrison said.
That was supposed to be Hanley Ramirez, but the shortstop was placed on the 15 day disabled following the game retroactive to Aug. 3. Ramirez, who has a sprained left shoulder, is eligible to return next Thursday.
Sanchez (6 6) allowed as many runs (5) and more hits (7) than he got outs (5). After surrendering three hits in the first inning, including former Marlin Dan Uggla’s two run single that extended his hitting streak to 31 games, Sanchez allowed four hits and three runs before leaving in the second.
“These guys are too good to be pitching like they’re pitching,
” McKeon said. “You keep getting beat up every time. they got to have a little pride.”
Uggla lined the first pitch he saw from Sanchez into center field, scoring Michael Bourn and Martin Prado, to give the Braves a 2 0 lead. The hit tied Rico Carty for the second longest streak in Braves franchise history behind Tommy Holmes, who hit in 37 straight in 1945 for the Boston Braves, and surpassed the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the longest streak this season in the majors. Uggla’s streak is the longest in the big leagues since Philadelphia’s Chase Utley hit in 35 straight games in 2006.
Uggla, who was 3 for 5, is not the only former Marlins player streaking. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez has hit in 11 straight after his seventh inning single.
Sanchez was replaced by Burke Badenhop after Eric Hinske’s two run double in the second made it 5 0. Hudson, a .130 hitter entering the game, helped himself earlier in the inning with a run scoring single.
Sanchez has not won a game since June 10, losing five straight decisions. His ERA rose from 3.73 to 4.00.
The Marlins managed just three singles off Hudson until Morrison’s home run. Hudson allowed six runs and struck out seven, including Mike Stanton three times.
After Morrison’s home run, the Marlins scored one more run on a fielder’s choice by Alfredo Amezaga. Third baseman Prado’s diving stop on Amezaga’s grounder prevented what could have been a big inning.
The Marlins loaded the bases in the ninth inning off Arodys Vizcaino, who was making his major league debut after being promoted Wednesday. Closer Jonny Venters struck out the only batter he faced, Brett Hayes, to end the game.
Noteworthy: Right hander Chris Volstad of Palm Beach Gardens will be recalled Friday and is expected to start this weekend, possibly Saturday, against the Giants. Volstad was 5 8 with a 5.58 ERA before he was optioned to Class AAA New Orleans on July 23. Left hander Brad Hand was optioned to Class AA Jacksonville and reliever Jose Ceda was recalled.