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Marlins draw eight walks and steal seven bases, somehow score only one run

Kevin Kaduk
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Apparently not content to let the team's front office hog all the bad pub this week, the Miami Marlins earned some of their own on the field Wednesday night.

We're talking about some really unique bad pub, too. Despite walking eight times and stealing seven bases, the Marlins were only able to manage one run  in a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park.

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No major-league team since at least 1918 has scored only once when walking at least eight times and stealing at least seven bases, according to the Baseball-Reference Play Index.

From the Associated Press:

"The game was pretty confusing,'' Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. ''In five innings we stole seven bases, walked seven times, had three doubles, and we score one. Sometimes you think about it and you shake your head how that thing can happen.''

The impotence was indeed mind-boggling, especially considering that seven walks and all seven stolen bases came off Braves starter Tommy Hanson in the game's first five innings.

''Seven walks and seven stolen bases, to go out and pitch five innings and give up a run, I have no idea how I did that,'' Hanson said.

Here's how: Hanson also struck out seven batters in those five innings, including back-to-back strikeouts of Brett Hayes and Ricky Nolasco to end threats in both the second and fourth innings. He also picked off Jose Reyes trying to steal third (after the Marlins shortstop had stole second earlier) and got some defensive help when Carlos Lee was thrown out at home to end the third. (Check out the entire play-by-play for the full explanation.)

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Only two other pitchers in baseball history have given up seven walks and seven stolen bases in a start. One was Toronto's David Cone, who gave up seven earned runs in a 7-2 loss to Milwaukee on Aug. 29, 1992. The other was Seattle's Randy Johnson, who escaped with only three earned runs in a 14-6 win over Oakland on July 29, 1989.

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