Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we talked about Dontrelle Willis’ single season win record for the Marlins, but what about the all time win record for a Marlins pitcher? Today for moment 75 we take you to May 22, 2012 for Ricky Nolasco’s 69th win as a Marlin.
On May 22, 2012 the Marlins were playing the Colorado Rockies; this would be Ricky’s 3rd try to surpass D-Train’s record after tying it back on May 6 against the San Diego Padres. Ricky started off rough giving up 3 runs to the Rockies in the first inning, but the offense helped him out by giving him 2 runs in the bottom of the inning. Still, it was looking like Ricky would have to wait another game to surpass D-Train. That was until the bottom of the 3rd.
In the bottom of the 3rd the Marlins offense put 3 more runs on the board to make it 5-3. Ricky would give up one more run in the 5th and be pulled after the 6th inning; but luckily the Marlins scored a run in both the 4th and 6th which made the score 7-4 when Ricky was pulled. It was now in the hands of the bullpen. Edward Mujica and Randy Choate both gave up a run in the 8th to make it 7-6. Ryan Webb came into the game with the tying run on third but he shut down that threat. In came Heath Bell in the 9th. He gave up a leadoff double, but after that he shut down the next 3 batters to give the Marlins the win and Ricky the record for most wins as a Marlin.
Ricky would go on to win 81 games in total as a Marlin- a record that still stands today. Who will be the next Marlin to break that record? Until then as always… Let’s Go Marlins!