Greatest Moments in Marlins History (Redux): #39 Don’t Run on Ozuna


Jun 22, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna (13) connects for a base hit during the second inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

More time than not the plays that get recognized and go down in the record books are great offensive plays. With that said, there are plenty of great defensive plays that get remembered throughout history. There are even terrible plays that get remembered. Today on Greatest Moments in Marlins History we bring you two great defensive plays that will be remembered for a long time to come. For Moment #39 we give you: Marcell Ozuna’s 2 plays at the home plate against the New York Mets.

Everyone thought this would be just another typical Friday night game with the Miami Marlins against the New York Mets. Little did the 19,000 plus fans at Marlins Park and the millions watching at home know that they were going to be part of something special. The game started in typical fashion with the Marlins taking an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. For the next 5 innings the Marlins pitching and Mets pitching were lights out. The Marlins would break though again in the 7th by putting up 2 more runs to give them a 3-0 lead on the Mets. Then came the 8th and the magic began.

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The Mets came on strong in the 8th by scoring a run and loading the bases with only one out. Eric Campbell came up to hit for the Mets. Campbell broght the count to 3-2 before he singled down the left field line, scoring a run. The Mets felt a little greedy and sent the runner from 2nd home, but baseball will learn soon enough that you do not run on Ozuna. Ozuna picked up the ball and gunned it home to get the runner out and protect the lead. The next batter struck out and it was on to the 9th.

The Mets started off the 9th with a double and a sac bunt to move the runner to 3rd. The tying run was only 90 feet away and there was only one out. Eric Young came up to bat for the Mets. Just like the 8th inning Young brought the count to 3-2 before he hit a pop fly to Marcell. Tie game on a sac fly, right? Nope! The runner on 3rd tagged up but Marcell throw another bullet to the catcher to tag the runner out and end the game with a 3-2 victory for the Marlins!

What does 2015 hold for the Marlins and will there be any moments to knock some of these moments off the list? Only one way to find out- watching our Marlins play in 2015. You never know what’s going to happen. Until next time… Let’s Go Marlins!

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