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Guillen Loses Cool, Marlins Slump Continues

Posted By Steve Perrault On Jun 27 2012 @ 1:53 am In Florida Marlins | 1 Comment

The Marlins were down big to start, and Ozzie Guillen received his first ejection of the season in yet another loss for the fading fish.

Miami showed some fight, but in the end, the result was all too familiar.

Carlos Zambrano gave up five unearned runs after two first inning errors put the Marlins in a big hole to start. While he bounced back and allowed no further damage through 6 2/3, Cardinals started Kyle Lohse’s strong 7 1/3 innings effort propelled the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over Miami on Tuesday night.

Ozzie Guillen, angered at home-plate umpire Dan Bellino’s strike zone, was ejected for the first time as the Marlins manager. It was the 28th time in his career that he had been tossed and he, surprisingly, seemed to agree with the ejection after the game. “After I (saw) the replay, I think I was wrong,” Guillen said. “At least I’m honest.”

Giancarlo Stanton blasted his 17th home run, a mammoth shot off Lohse in the first inning that was marked at 455 feet to straight away center field. The Marlins only added one more run for the rest of the game to lose to the Cards for the second straight night and fall to 5-18 in the month of June.

It was truly a tale of two games for Zambrano. The right-hander overcame a 37-pitch first inning to get through 6 2/3, throwing 125 pitches. It was Zambrano’s longest start at home this season, but the five runs allowed in the first inning ended up causing his team the game.

The last pitch of Zambrano’s outing was a borderline full-count pitch to Allen Craig, ruled ball four by Bellino. As Guillen made his way to the mound to take his starter out of the game, he had a few choice words for Bellino, earning Ozzie his first ejection of the season.

Jose Molina, hero from Monday night’s come from behind win, led the Cards in the first inning with a three-run blast to left field, pushing the St. Louis lead to 5-0 early on. The Cardinals didn’t add any more runs for the rest of the game, but they didn’t need to, as the St. Louis pitching staff kept Miami’s bats quiet throughout the night.

Maybe Ozzie Guillen’s ejection is what the Marlins need to break out of their recent slump, as they now stand at 34-40 overall, putting them in dead last in the N.L. East.

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