Jun 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Marcell Ozuna (48) hits a two-run double against the New York Mets during the sixth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. In past articles I’ve said that I’ve witness many great Marlins moment in person. One of them happened last season on a trip to New York. Moment 49 we head to Citi Field for the longest game in Citi Field history and the longest time game in Marlins history. This game took place on June 8, 2013 against the Mets.
The game was set to be a pitching duel even before the game started. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was going up against Mets ace Matt Harvey. Everyone in the stands and at home were expecting a low scoring game, but if they only knew what was going to happen. The Mets struck first in the bottom of the 2nd with a RBI double by Juan Lagares, and the Marlins followed suit in the 4th with a sac fly from Chris Coghlan to score Derek Dietrich. After that it would be a while before anybody scored again.
The Marlins came close in the 5th but Adeiny Hechavarria was thrown out at home. The 9th inning came and went and with the score 1-1 we head into extras. In the 10th the Marlins had Hech on 3rd but couldn’t score him. In the 12th the Mets had their shot but Daniel Murphy was call out at home thank’s to Marcell Ozuna’s great throw. To the 13th we go. I have to give Kevin Slowey credit, he came into the game in the 13th inning and pitch all the way to the 19th. Finally something gave way; Hech singled in Placido Polanco in the 20th inning to give the Marlins the 2-1 lead. It was time for Steve Cishek to come in and finish the job. First up was Rick Ankiel, who struck out. Next up, Omar Quintanilla and he also struck out. Finally Murphy, who flied out to left field. After 6 hours 25 minutes and 20 innings the Marlins won 2-1 and set the record for longest game in Citi Field and in Marlins history.
That was such a fun game to go see live. 2-1 low scoring pitching duel is my kind of baseball; however, I can tell you moment 48 tomorrow will not by any means be a pitching duel. Join me then.