So how do you end a series in Chicago where the first 2 games ended with walk off losses? Well let’s find out. Welcome to another edition of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. So for a quick recap– The Good: Marcell Ozuna continues his hitting streak and Wade LeBlanc goes 3 perfect innings; The Bad: we lost 5-3; and The Bad: the 2 outs at Home. So let’s find out what went wrong for the Marlins.
Marcell Ozuna stretches his hitting streak to 11 games with a single at his first at bat in the 2nd inning. For the day Ozuna went 2-4 with 2 H, 1 R, and 1 RBI. Justin Ruggiano scored him in the 2nd inning with a single, while Ozuna scored Juan Pierre with a ground out to the 3rd basemen. This rookie seems to be coming into his own. Now on to Wade LeBlanc, who went perfect for 3 innings. Wade came in the 5th to relieve Alex Sanabia when Sanabia aggravated his groin injury; from there Wade faced 9 batters, not giving up a hit or a walk. A few more innings like this and Wade could find his way back into the starting lineup.
We lost 5-3 and were swept by the Chicago White Sox. Next.
Here is where things get ugly— there were 2 close outs at Home. The first out happened in the 2nd inning where Chris Coghlan was going from 2nd to Home off of Ruggiano’s single. This run would have not only tied the game, but the next run scored later that inning would have given us the lead. The second out at home was closer then the first one. Ozuna went from 2nd to Home where he slid to the side and tagged the base with his hand. He said he tag the plate before the catcher tagged him but the Ump said that Hector Gimenez’s shin guard blocked Ozuna’s hand, giving Chicago the out. These two plays could have sent this game into extra innings, but sometimes that’s just how the ball bounces.
This was a tough series for our Marlins. Let’s hope that they can bounce back against Tampa for the next 2 game series. Till next time, go Marlins!