Who would’ve thought that there is so much at stake for the Miami Marlins in September?
Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 37th home run of the season, tying the Marlins record for career homers, and Miami beat the reeling Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Monday night.
If the Miami Marlins want to continue climbing up the standings and pushing for a playoff berth they’ll have to get by one of baseball’s best pitchers on Tuesday.
Justin Upton went 4 for 4, including his sixth home run, and Paul Maholm allowed one hit in seven sharp innings to help the Atlanta Braves spoil the Miami Marlins’ home opener Monday by winning 2-0.
Tommy Hanson earned his first win since July, and the Atlanta Braves scored two runs on Miami left fielder Bryan Petersen’s error during a 6-2 victory over the Marlins on Thursday night.
The Braves showed good focus, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.
Dan Uggla hit a three-run home run in the first inning, Martin Prado tied a career best with four hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 on Monday night.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held Tuesday and plenty is riding on the midsummer classic from bragging rights to home-field advantage in the 2012 World Series.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th home run in May to tie the franchise record for a single month and the Miami Marlins earned their 20th comeback victory Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals with a 5-3 win.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was more excited about Giancarlo Stanton’s glove than his bat.
The right fielder had the biggest hit of the game — a two-run homer, but what really impressed Guillen was his diving catch that saved at least two runs in Miami’s 8-4 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.