Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Small ball games and pitching duels are fun to watch, but sometimes you just want to see a home run derby. On April 11, 2008 the Marlins showed us some power in their bats by sending 6 balls out of the park. Moment 53 is the game against the Houston Astros, when the Marlins set a club record for most home runs in a game.
The game didn’t start in the Marlins favor as they fell behind 3-0 early on. That all changed in the 3rd when Jeremy Hermida sent one over the left field wall, scoring Alfredo Amezaga to even the game to 3-3 (Amezaga singled in a run earlier). Two batters later Jorge Cantu sent one deep down the left field line to give the Marlins a 5-3 lead (Mike Jacobs singled before Jorge). With 2 homers in one inning, who are the next Marlins to send balls out of here?
Would you believe Mike Rabelo would be the next Marlin to add to this home run total? Well in the 4th he sure sent that ball deep. So far there have been 3 home runs and a 6-3 score. Later that inning, Hanley Ramirez sent the first pitch he saw over the fence for the Marlins’ 4th home run, giving them an 8-3 lead (Ricky Nolasco singled before Hanley’s at bat). The Astros cut the lead to 2 with a score of 8-6 but in the 9th Hermida and Jacobs started the inning off with back to back homers to give the Marlins a 10-6 lead and the Marlins’ single game record of 6 home runs!
I like home run derbies, but let’s see if we could have a little speed for our next moment? Join me tomorrow and see what I’m talking about.