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

The Miami Marlins saw their losing streak extend to four games with Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.    Miami is now six games under .500 with a record of 44-50.   In addition to the losing record, the Marlins have fell further back in both the division and wild-card races making a playoff appearance in 2012 seem unlikely at this point.   As of yet, Miami has not stated an intention to be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline but it is looking like that may be what happens.

Carlos Zambrano was ineffective and wild in one of his worst starts as a Marlin.  “Big Z” only lasted three and a third innings in which he walked six and hit two more.    Zambrano allowed five runs while only surrendering three hits.  Most of the damage came via those free passes in a four run fourth inning.  During that inning, the Pirates scored four times without recording a single base-hit which set a new Marlins’ record.   Chad Gaudin’s outing started off shaky when he walked in one of the runners he inherited from Zambrano but overall it was a great outing for the Marlins’ long reliever.  Gaudin worked three and two third innings allowing one hit and no runs in that time on the mound.  Heath Bell worked the eighth in a shaky scorelsss inning that saw a triple and a walk.

The only run for Miami came courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of Justin Ruggiano in the second inning.   The Marlins’ hottest hitter now has seven home runs on the season.    Every started with the exception of John Buck had at least one hit but once again Miami failed to deliver with runners in scoring position.   As a team on Saturday, the Marlins were 1-6 with a runner in scoring position and that one hit merely moved the runner over from second to third.

The Marlins will try to salvage the series finale on Sunday with a scheduled pitching match-up of Jeff Karstens and Anibal Sanchez.

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