Yelich Delivers Clutch Walk-Off Single In Victory Over Reds

Walk-Off Victory Ends Marlins Three-Game Losing Skid

Christian Yelich Delivers Walk-Off Single

The Marlins ended their three-game losing skid tonight with a 2-1 walk-off victory against the Reds in ten innings.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start and he was very sharp in this one, to say the least. He allowed just one earned run on two hits and two walks while collecting six strikeouts over seven-plus innings, his most in a start since June 6 against the Cubs in Wrigley when he fanned eight.

There was excitement in the field early in this game as Adeiny Hechavarria made a great diving stop to rob Devin Mesoraco of a leadoff single in the second inning:

Back to Eovaldi, the only run he gave up came in the top of the eighth, and he didn’t even give up the hit that allowed the run to score.

Mike Redmond removed Eovaldi after allowing a leadoff single to Ramon Santiago, even though he had just 97 pitches on the night, and it was Bryan Morris who allowed the runner to score by giving up a two-out single to Billy Hamilton.

Miami, however, got on the board early in this one, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a one-out RBI single by Jordany Valdespin, scoring Yelich who had doubled in the at-bat prior.

Neither team would get on the board again in this one until extra-innings, either, when Christian Yelich came up to the plate with runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the tenth inning:

With the win, the Marlins move to 54-56 on the season and are tied with the Pirates for the most walk-off wins this season (10). The team also has the most victories in one-run games (26) and are 7-9 in extra innings games this season.

However, with the Nationals beating the Phillies 11-0 earlier on Saturday, the team will remain six games back of Washington for first place in the division.

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The Marlins will look to even up the series at two games a piece tomorrow afternoon in the finale at 1:10 PM ET at Marlins Park, as they send Jacob Turner (4-6, 5.69) to the mound against the Reds’ Mike Leake (8-9, 3.53).

The statistics on the season for Turner might not look all that great, but he does own a 3.29 ERA over his last three appearances (two starts).

Yelich On Walk-Off Hit:

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.