The Marlins continue to slide down the leaderboard of the NL East as they have been skidding out of control as of late. The team started out the year with new uniforms and a new stadium and looked like they may be contenders. However, this slowed with time and the team is currently playing as bad as they have all year. On Tuesday they lost 5-2 against the Cardinals who opened up the game with an early lead and never looked back. Marlins’ pitcher Zambrano pitched an awful first inning, which was so bad the Marlins could never recover from it.
The Marlins managed just five hits in the contest against the cards. Stanton, who continues to be a bright spot for the Florida club hit his 17th homer of the year in the game. He can not do it all alone though and got little help from those around him. Zambrano gave up five runs in the first inning and was credited with the loss. He is just 4-6 in games this season. The Marlins team is now 34-40 overall on the year and drops their home record to 18-22 in their new ballpark.
The cardinals improve to 40-35 with their victory as they used their first inning start to cruise to victory. The team got seven hits in all including a homer by Molina who hit his 12th of the year. Lohse pitched wonderfully and is now 7-2 overall this season. Motte came on in the ninth to close out the Marlins and earn his 16th save of the season.