Marlins Win Nine of 11, Then Give Up 13 Runs in Two Innings

They were doing so well. After an atrocious June, the Florida Marlins got a new great-grandfather manager, won a long string of games and were creeping back toward .500.

Then into town came the San Diego Padres, the team with the worst batting in the National League, to put a stop to all that "momentum" business with a 14-3 drubbing of our boys in teal.

After a lead-off homerun by Will Veneble, the Padres piled up 13 runs and 14 hits in the first two innings. A few innings later, the entire Padres starting lineup had a hit, and all but two players -- second baseman Orlando Hudson and starting pitcher Aaron Harang -- had two hits. Former Marlin Cameron Maybin had three.

The Marlins weren't shut out like last night -- they had three runs on nine hits, including a home run from Hanley Ramirez, but I'm pretty sure at one point in the second inning the Padres were just pulling fans out of the 100 section and sending them up there to get hits off of Ricky Nolasco -- they ended up with 20 of them, and Nolasco's ERA jumped from 3.51 to 4.08 in the course of about nine hours, or however long those awful 1.3 innings took.

The Fish didn't look half bad starting in the third inning, but that may have been due to a common sports phenomenon in which a team that has gone up by a huge margin stops giving a crap.

The one good thing that came out of it is that Emilio Bonifacio extended his hit streak to 19 games. If you're really that curious about the rest of it, the box score is available from the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.

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