Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #80 Blowing Out The Braves
By Andy Salgado
Sep 11, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves bullpen coach Eddie Perez (left) holds back third baseman Chris Johnson (right) as Miami Marlins relief pitcher Chad Qualls (center) looks on after both benches clear on an altercation during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Last moment we talked about a moment from 2002, the year before the World Series win. How about we handle a moment from the World Series season? Today for moment 80 we are going back to the game between the Marlins and the Braves on July 1, 2003.
What is so important about this game? The Marlins were 42-42 and trying to get above .500 for the first time since April 26, but that’s not what is special about this game. The Braves had a commanding lead in the NL East and the Marlins were just fighting to win games. On this day the Marlins proved that they were the real deal. The Braves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, but the Marlins quickly answered in the bottom with a run of their own. The Marlins pitchers would shut down the Braves for the rest of the game, not letting them score a single run. The offense of the Marlins? Well let’s just say they came to play.
The Marlins would take the lead in the second inning by putting up 6 runs and never looked back from there. They scored a run in every inning except for the 3rd and 9th; and the only reason they didn’t score in the 9th was because they were home and were up 20-1 going into the bottom of the 9th. That’s right, the Marlins put up 20 runs on the Braves. A franchise record!
From that moment on the Marlins would never dip below .500 that season again, and went on to win the World Series. That is a moment for another time. Until next time… Let’s Go Marlins!
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