I cannot remember a night quite like last night that had me down in the dumps. The Miami Heat lost, and now are on the brink of elimination, which is short of their lofty expectations. Not only that, but the baseball player I despise the most, came into Miami and put on a show against the Marlins.
Nothing went right for the Marlins on Tuesday evening. Anibal Sanchez suffered his worst loss of the season, and his struggles against the Braves for his career continued. Anibal saw has ERA rise almost 60 points in his disappointing evening. Tim Hudson brought his “A” game and kept Marlins hitters off balance. I cannot say he dominated this game, however, as he only struck out three Marlins and allowed many hard hit fly balls, that unfortunately for Marlins hitters, found outfielders.
Dan Uggla went deep twice for the Braves, including his second home run, which hit the home run sculpture smack dab in the middle. The home run was the 200th of his career, of which he hit 154 with the Marlins. Like I have said before, I cannot stand Dan Uggla. The night pretty much belonged to him, as he went 4-for-5, just a triple shy of the cycle.
“A game like that, you just have to turn the page and be ready for tomorrow,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said after the game. And he is spot on, the Marlins were shut out for the sixth time this season and the Marlins hot hitters did not have a chance to get going in this game. Anibal Sanchez has been spectacular outside of this start, and he was posting a quality start, until the seventh inning, when the Braves offense scored four of the seven runs off of him. With the Marlins coming off of an impressive series win against the Philadelphia Phillies and a sweep of the division leading Washington Nationals, Marlins fans should not allow a game like this to bring them down.
Good news for the Fish, Austin Kearns should be back Thursday, and Emilio Bonifacio should not be too far behind either. Hopefully those two can give the Marlins a more consistent lineup throughout, upon their returns. Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a bunt single in the third.
Time for Marlins fans to forget about this game and move onto Wednesday night’s game with Marlins ace, Josh Johnson taking the mound!