Polanco’s First Homer Gives Pirates Win Over Marlins In Extras

Marlins Can’t Escape With Win In Rafael Furcal’s Debut


The Marlins were able to come back from a four run deficit in the 9th inning but unable to hold the Pirates in extras as they lost to Pittsburgh 8-6 in 13 innings tonight.

Ironically, the team lost in 13 innings on Friday the 13th. Interesting…

Back to game action. Nate Eovaldi got the start in this one despite speculation about when his wife was going to go into labor, but it appeared as if his mind wasn’t set on his performance on the field.

Eovaldi tied a season high by allowing 6 earned runs on 10 hits and 1 walk over 4 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 3.71 on the season.

The Marlins found themselves down to an early 2-0 deficit after this two-run shot by Starling Marte:

However, they were able to inch closer early on in this one. They were down 3-1 in the bottom of the third, but then Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate:

This was the last time the Marlins would score until the ninth inning as the Pirates continued to tack on without resistance. A three run top of the 5th gave the Pirates an early 6-2 lead.

Late Drama:

The Pirates may have kept the Marlins in control early in this one, but the bottom of the ninth inning was a different story.

Justin Wilson came in to pitch the ninth for Pittsburgh but gave way to Jason Grilli after allowing walks to Marcell Ozuna and Adeiny Hechavarria.

Grilli couldn’t stop the Marlins comeback though, as his stuff just wasn’t working on his side tonight.

He walked Jeff Mathis to load the bases with one out, one run then scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Ed Lucas and two more came in two batters later on a Reed Johnson single.

Stanton was then intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, but Grilli couldn’t find the zone against Casey McGehee as he walked him, thus allowing the tying run to come in and score.

The Marlins couldn’t cap the rally with a walk off hit though, as Marcell Ozuna struck out to end the inning in what was his second plate appearance of the inning.

Pirates’ Rookie Magic:

The Pirates were held scoreless from two outs in the top of the fifth inning to the top of the thirteenth inning, but rookie right-fielder Gregory Polanco would put an end to this.

In what was his fifth hit on the night, Polanco hit this line drive home run to right to give the Pirates an 8-6 lead in the top half of the thirteenth inning.

Oh, this was Polanco’s first Major League home run by the way:

The Marlins didn’t offer any resistance this time around, though, as they went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the thirteenth inning. With the loss, the team is now a full game back of the Braves and Nationals for first place.

Tomorrow’s Probables:

The Marlins will look to even the series against Pittsburgh tomorrow as they send Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.15) to the mound against Charlie Morton (3-7, 3.14).


On a side note, Rafael Furcal did make his long-awaited Marlins debut Friday night.

It was a less than impressive one, though, as he went 0-6 with two strikeouts, a walk and a run scored.

Mike Redmond is appreciative to have Furcal to pencil in to the everyday lineup, though, as the Marlins have yet to have someone take reign of the everyday second-base job.

Derek Dietrich struggled defensively early on and was optioned to Triple-A almost two weeks ago and Justin Bour has had only 13 plate appearances to this point in the season.

Redmond On Furcal’s Debut:

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.