While catching the Braves is unlikely, the Marlins are only a ½ game out of the wildcard race. …
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LP: Oliver Perez (4-6) 4IP 6H 5ER 2BB 6K ERA: 5.31
Dave Hansen was the lone bright spot on the entire team. He went 2-3 and stole a base off Ivan Rodriguez. They still could not score him as he was the only Padre to get into scoring position two different occasions.
The Marlins did not need to attempt any steals. Every Marlin player besides Penny had a hit.
Oliver Perez allowed two solo home runs, one to Mike Lowell (30) in the third and one to Miguel Cabrera (8) in the second. Lowell crossed the 100 RBI barrier in the fifth when he hit a sacrifice fly to left scoring Luis Castillo. Lowell added another sacrifice fly in the seventh. His 101st RBI is a career best. He had 100 in 2001.
Juan Encarnacion, Derrek Lee, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez followed Lowell's sacrifice fly with consecutive RBI singles.
Perez (4-6) was immediately removed after getting struck on the left forearm with a grounder off the bat of Ivan Rodriguez in the fifth inning. He was later diagnosed with a left wrist contusion. Not quite the day he envisioned on his 22nd birthday. He is listed as day to day.
Mark Loretta extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to lead off the fourth.
Sean Burroughs should be back after the Marlins series.
Trevor Hoffman threw a 30 pitch batting practice session in Florida. Hoffman will likely head to double-A Mobile for a short rehab assignment and be added when rosters expand to 40 players September 1st.
Florida remains a half game behind Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.
Third baseman Rico Washington has been promoted to the Triple-A Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. The Beavers lost second baseman Bernie Castro to a season-ending knee injury. Hoffman will likely take the spot abandoned by Washington.
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