The trade deadline had come and gone. Dan Uggla and Cody Ross could now breathe a sigh of relief, they were still wearing Marlins uniforms.
When the Fish took the field at Petco Park late yesterday afternoon (Local time in San Diego) the Atlanta Braves had already lost. There was a golden opportunity to gain crucial ground.
Ricky Nolasco would pitch a gem of a ballgame. Up until the ninth inning he allowed one hit-a solo home run by Scott Hairston in the sixth. He would allow three consecutive hits in the final frame before being lifted for closer Leo Nunez.
Mike Stanton would get the scoring started with a monster two run homer in the top of the second inning with Uggla aboard.
In the top of the sixth Dan Uggla would put himself in the Florida Marlins record books. He would hit Kevin Correa's first pitch, an 87 MPH fastball, over the left field wall for his 144th home run as a Marlin. This breaks the old mark set by Mike Lowell. It also gave Florida a 3-0 lead.
Following Hairston's blast in the bottom of the sixth, the Marlins would add another run in the seventh, courtesy of two Scott Hairston error on the same play.
That set the stage for the ninth inning. In the Marlins half of the inning Brad Davis lead off with a walk, Nolasco sacrificed him to second. After an intentional pass to Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison would advance both runners with a ground out to first base. That would set the stage for Gaby Sanchez. On a 2-2 slider, Sanchez would line a single to left field, scoring both Davis and Ramirez. This made it a six to one ballgame. The Marlins would need those add-on runs.
In the bottom of the ninth the Padres would chase Ricky Nolasco with three consecutive hits. With one out Jerry Hairston singled, Chase Headly hit a ground rule double and Adrian Gonzalez would drive in Hairston and Headly with a single to right field.
Leo Nunez would replace Nolasco. While facing Miguel Tejada, Nunez would uncork a wild pitch, advancing Gonzalez to second. Tejada would single to center field, Gonzalez would advance to third.
Nunez would get Nick Hundley to ground out to third, holding Gonzalez from scoring and advancing Tejada to second base. Leo would shut the door however, getting Will Venable to ground out to Uggla to end the ballgame. The Marlins held on to win, six to three.
The Marlins are now two games over .500 with a record of 53-51. They remain in a third place tie with the New York Mets in the National League East, six-and-a-half games behind division leading Atlanta.
With the Giants defeating the Dodgers, the Marlins and Mets are tied for sixth place in the Wild Card standings. They are also six-and-a-half back in that race. They are one back of the Dodgers and Rockies who are tied. They are now three behind the Phillies, who lost on a Ryan Zimmerman three-run walk-home run. The Phillies come to South Florida for three this week.
The Fish look to sweep the series when they wrap up this California road trip this afternoon. Josh Johnson will take his league leading 1.72 ERA to the hill against Jon Garland.