Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 7/22/12

With Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the books, the Miami Marlins have lost five games in a row.   Miami is now at a season worst seven games under .500 after being swept in Pittsburgh.   Overall on the road trip, the Marlins loss five of six and have nearly taken themselves out of playoff contention in the process.

Anibal Sanchez made what may turn out to be his last start as a Marlin on Sunday and did it in impressive style.   Although Sanchez was tagged with the loss, he deserved better after striking out eight in seven innings of work.    The Pirates only had one run off Sanchez until a two run home run in the seventh tripled their lead.   With the right-hander scheduled to be a free agent after the season, rumors have been swirling that Miami will move Sanchez before the Trade Deadline on July 31.   The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are two teams which have been mentioned as interested in Sanchez.   Mike Dunn and Randy Choate combined for an inning of perfect relief striking out all three batters the faced in the eighth.

It was a quiet day for the Marlins’ offense with a combined five hits and none going for extra bases.   Things looked promising in the first as Miami had a total of four baserunners in the inning but the story was the same — none came home to score.   In all, Miami was 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left a team total of four runners on base.

Miami will start a series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday as they look to snap their five game losing streak.  The scheduled starters are Mike Minor for the Braves and Josh Johnson for the Marlins.

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