04 August 2011
After going 6-2 on their road trip to finally get back to the .500 mark, the Marlins came home to South Florida got a rude welcoming from the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning thanks to a Matt Holliday home run. The Marlins were able to rally in the bottom of the inning to tie it up, but Clay Hensley just did not have his control tonight and gave up another three runs in the third. Hensley ended up going just 2.1 innings gicing up six runs on three hits, three walks, and two hit by pitch. The Cardinals were able to cap off their scoring with a Albert Pujols home run in the fourth to give the Cardinals a 7-3 lead and they would go on to win 7-4.
However maybe the bigger loss for the Marlins is Omar Infante, who left the game in the sixth with a broken right middle finger. The injury occurred while diving for a Skip Shumaker ground ball in the third inning. I will be the first to admit that I have not been the biggest supporter of Infante since the Marlins traded Dan Uggla for him, but like Javier Vazquez he has drastically improved since the All-Star break. In the first half of the season he hit .251 with one home run and 25 runs scored, but since he has turned into the player the Marlins traded for batting .389 with two home runs and 12 runs scored. Tonight alone before his injury Infate had been 3-3 with a run and raised his batting average to .279.
No official word yet as to how long he will be out, but with the injury happening to his right middle finger and Infante being a right handed thrower and batter he could miss a few weeks. I'd expect Infante to be placed on the 15-day DL and for the Marlins to call up Ozzie Martinez to take his spot, but we will have to wait for official word.