Marlins Post-Season Hopes Take a Damaging Blow In Slugfest

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Marlins Post-Season Hopes Take a Damaging Blow In Slugfest
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On a late afternoon in San Francisco, Dan Uggla slugged himself into the Marlins team record books.  That's the good news.

Uggla's two run blast in the seventh inning, with Gaby Sanchez aboard, tied him with Mike Lowell for the most home runs by a Marlin (143).

That would be the highlight of the game for the Florida Marlins. 

This one got away early.  Starting pitcher Alex Sanabia was roughed up for seven runs before being chased in the third inning.

The Marlins erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh.

Mike Stanton doubled and  Ronny Paulino singled to start the inning.  Donnie Murphy came up to hit for Jorge Sosa, and Mr. Clutch would come through once again!  Murphy slammed a three run homer over the left-center field wall to make it nine to five.

With two out and nobody on,reliever Denny Bautista seemed to have gotten out if the inning when Gaby Sanchez swung at a wild pitch for strike three.  The ball got away and Sanchez made it safely to first. 

That brought up Uggla who sent an 0-1 fastball over the left field wall.  The record tying blast made it a  nine to seven  ballgame.

In the top of the ninth the Marlins would get even.

After Murphy struck out swinging, Hanley Ramirez singled to right.  Logan Morrison would follow with a double to right.  With runners on second and third, Gaby Sanchez would ground out to first, scoring Hanley.  Emilio Bonafacio who came in as a pinch runner would advance to third.

That brought up Uggla who would hit a ground rule double to left center scoring Bonafacio making it nine all.  Wes Helms would end the inning by striking out swinging.

The Giants would load the bases in the bottom of the tenth.  Singles by Aaron Rowand, Edgar Renteria and Nate Shierholtz (all with one out) would set the stage for Andres Torres.

Torres would hit Clay Hensley's first pitch, and 83 MPH change-up to center field scoring Rowand and winning the ballgame for the Giants ten to nine.

Despite a valiant effort to come back from a nine to two hole, the Marlins lost on a night when the teams they need to pass in the standings won.

In the Eastern Division race they lost a game on first place Atlanta (who beat Washington) and second place Philadelphia (who beat Arizona).  The Mets lost to the Cardinals. That leaves the Fish in fourth place, eight and a half behind the Braves.

In the Wild Card hunt, losing to the first place Giants now puts them deeper into a hole.  They remain in seventh place, but are now seven and a half behind San Francisco. 

The distance between the Marlins and Giants is not that daunting, but the fact that there are seven other teams to pass along the way (the Cardinals and Reds are tied for first in the NL Central-that's why seven teams are between the Marlins and Giants) makes it a lot more challenging.

Anibal Sanchez faces Madison Bumgarner in the finale this afternoon.  Today's game is arguably the most important to date for Florida.  They can't afford to drop back any further in either race.

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