Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #31 Florida’s First Win


Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss talks with reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Let’s talk about the 1993 Florida Marlins for a moment; more specifically let’s talk about moment 31, the first win in Florida Marlins history.

For the Miami Marlins it took 3 games for them to get their first win. The Florida Marlins only took 1 game. On April 5, 1993 Florida finally had a MLB team. The Marlins first game was against the history-rich Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were coming off a disappointing 70-92 1992 season. How would the Marlins fare against the Dodgers?

The game started off well for the Marlins as Charlie Hough went 1-2-3 in the first inning, striking out 2 batters. In the 2nd inning the Marlins got their first runs off a triple from Walt Weiss scoring Jeff Conine and Benito Santiago. They continued to put on more runs that inning with a Scott Pose single scoring Weiss to make it 3-0. The Marlins added to there 3-0 lead in the 3rd when Benito scored Orestes Destrade off a single to give the Marlins a 4-0 lead.

Charlie finally gave up a run in the 5th with a single from Jody Reed scoring Eric Karros. Reed would score that inning off a single from Jose Offerman, and Tim Wallach would hit a home run in the 6th. The Marlins were still up with a score of 4-3 but they wanted a few extra insurance runs. Pose provided them with one in the 6th when a force at 2nd base scored Conine. Just to be safe, Destrade added one more run in the 7th with a double play that scored Bret Barberie. This gave the Marlins a 6-3 lead. Bryan Harvey came in the 9th to shut down the Dodgers. His first batter was Mike Piazza, and Mike singled it to right field. That would be the last hit of game. Harvey then sat down the next 3 batters for the Florida Marlins first ever win!

What a game! Another reason why I hold this game so dear is because I was able to see it live. Join me tomorrow to what else is on our countdown to the season.