9th Inning Rally Falls Just Short In Loss To Cardinals

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Marlins 9th Inning Rally Falls Just Short In Loss To Cards

The Marlins dropped their second consecutive game last night in a close 3-2 loss to the Cardinals.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start and allowed three earned runs on six hits, two walks and two strikeouts over six innings.

Lance Lynn, on the other hand, didn’t allow a run over 6 2/3 scoreless innings on five hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.

The Cardinals scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning in this one with one coming on a passed ball and the other two on RBI doubles by Yadier Molina and Oscar Taveras.

However, the rest of the action in this game took place in the ninth inning as Trevor Rosenthal had trouble shutting the Marlins offense down.

After back-to-back singles by Marcell Ozuna and Donovan Solano, Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with none out. Christian Yelich then came to the plate and hit a fly ball the dropped deep in left field, scoring one run.

The Marlins baserunners had to tag up on the fly ball with none out so rather than being able to clear the bases the tie the game if there were two outs, they had to settle for just one.

After Ed Lucas struck out, Giancarlo Stanton walked to make the score 3-2 and move the tying run to third with just one out for Casey McGehee, one of the National League’s best hitters with runners in scoring position.

In these situation this season, McGehee is hitting .385 with 44 RBI’s in 91 at-bats, but last night he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the threat and end the game.

With the loss the Marlins playoff hopes continue to diminish, as they are now seven games out of first place in the division and 5.5 games back of the Cardinals for the second wildcard spot.

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.