May 18, 2000
Padres 6, Marlins 2
Crime doesn't pay—just ask Florida, which lost despite a grandly larcenous performance against San Diego. Taking advantage of righthander Stan Spencer's notoriously slow delivery, the Marlins stole 10 bases in 10 attempts against him, all in the first five innings. Thanks to an embarrassing lack of clutch hitting, however, all the running amounted to little more than exercise. Florida went I for 8 with two walks in the 10 plate appearances during which the steals took place; in six of those at bats the Marlins failed to get the ball out of the infield.
Coming within one of tying the National League record for steals in a game-held by the 1912 Giants and the Giants and the '16 Cardinals-was little consolation to Florida manager John Boles. It's not the worst loss of the year, he said. Its one of the worst losses ever. I feel like my head is going to explode."