RECAP: Marlins Win Series Opener vs. D-Backs In Walk-Off Fashion
Marlins Get Major-League-Leading Tenth Walk Off Win
The Marlins were able to win the opener of a four-game weekend series against the Diamondbacks in ten innings in walk off fashion tonight.
Brad Penny got the start, his second for Fish this season and first for the Marlins in Miami in over a decade. Penny struggled with his command in his first outing on the road against the Reds last week, and he ran into similar troubles tonight.
Overall, Penny allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks over five innings.
Arizona would get on the board right off the bat in this one against Penny as well, as Mark Trumbo gave the D-Backs a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first, scoring Ender Inciarte who walked to lead off the inning.
Miami, however, would get on the board for the first time and answer back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Donovan Solano doubled in Penny who doubled himself with one out in the inning, and then Giancarlo Stanton would drive in Solano with an RBI single into center.
Both teams would score again in the sixth inning as well, as Miguel Montero extended the D-Backs lead to 4-2 on an RBI double by Miguel Montero before Adeiny Hechavarria drove in Garrett Jones with his seventh triple of the season to cut the deficit back to one.
The score would remain 4-3 in favor of Arizona heading into the bottom of the eighth, when Brad Zeigler took over on the mound looking to keep the Marlins‘ bats in check.
The Marlins mounted a threat in the bottom of the ninth as well against a rookie making his Major League debut, 25-year-old Bradin Hagens. Christian Yelich singled to lead off the inning against Hagens, and after Solano moved him up to second with a sacrifice bunt, Hagens walked Stanton intentionally.
It seemed as if the game was about to end, as Casey McGehee came to the plate leading the National League in hitting with RISP (.345). McGehee, however, would ground into an inning-ending double play, another stat he leads the National League (23).
The bottom of the tenth was a different story, though, as after Jones walked and Jeff Mathis singled to move Jones up to second, Ozuna sent fans in Miami home happy:
With the win, the Marlins move to within one game of .500 at 60-61 and now own a Major-League-leading ten walk off victories this season. The Marlins also own a Major-League leading 30 one-run wins and are 8-9 in extra-innings games this season.
With both Washington and St. Louis victorious, though, Miami will remain seven games back of the division lead and move to four games back of the now second-wildcard-leading Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Hand is coming off a clunker in Cincinatti on Sunday in which he allowed seven runs – including two homers to Devin Mesoraco – over 4 2/3 innings.
On A Side Note:
There was a historic moment in tonight’s game other than Ozuna’s tenth inning walk off single, as Mike Dunn got the win tonight, his tenth of the season.
Dunn’s ten victories are the most ever by a Marlins reliever in a single season. Congratulations Mike!!
Marlins Staff Takes On Ice Bucket Challenge:
In the eighth inning of tonight’s game, members of the Marlins game staff took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness in the fight against ALS: