Cantu Traded To Rangers While Sanchez Tosses Gem

Brian KarpelContributor IJuly 30, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 29:  Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Florida Marlins pitches against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on July 29, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Yesterday afternoon turned out to be one of the most interesting in the history of the Florida Marlins.

Amid hot and heavy rumours that starting third baseman Jorge Cantu would be suiting up for the final time as a Marlin, they took the field at AT&T Park.  Not only would that come to fruition during the ballgame, but a what a memorable ballgame it was!

The on the field story turned out to be Anibal Sanchez.  He was perfect for 4 1/3 innings until, ironically enough, Juan Uribe reached on a throwing error by Cantu!  Pablo Sandoval's bloop single followed the miscue putting runners on first and second. 

Sanchez would shut the door however, getting Aaron Rowand to fly out to left, and Edgar Renteria to ground into a fielder's choice.

Aubrey Huff's lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh is all Sanchez would allow the Giants the rest of the way.

Another irony of this day was that Cantu would score two of the Marlins five runs.  He was lifted in the eighth inning for Wes Helms when the trade became official.

Mike Stanton and Dan Uggla drove in two runs apiece, Cody Ross drove in the fifth run in the Marlins five to nothing victory.

With the Braves five to three loss to the Nationals the Marlins now sit it fourth place in the National League East seven and a half behind the division leaders.  The Mets and Phillies both won yesterday.

In the Wild Card race, the Marlins leave San Francisco in the same shape as when they arrived.  They are in seventh place, six and a half games behind the front running Giants.  The Giants entertain the Dodgers this weekend.  Los Angeles is in third place three ahead of the Marlins.

For the Fish, it's off to San Diego for the weekend.  Chris Volstad takes the mound tonight against the Padres' Wade LeBlanc.

In exchange for Cantu, the Marlins received pitching prospects Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.  Poveda is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. 

Reed is a reliever, he was 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA at Texas' AA affiliate in Frisco.  Poveda is expected to be ready for Spring Training next year.

To replace Cantu on the Major League roster, the Marlins called up Hector Luna from AAA New Orleans.

The Marlins are not expected to make any more moves prior to tomorrows 4PM trade deadline.