Not only did the Miami Marlins win their 10th game of the season on Monday night in Chicago they do with some ninth-inning heroics for the victory.
The Miami Marlins won a baseball game!
I know it’s a bit odd to write a lede like that, but when you have won a total of nine games all season and you are challenging futility records, winning baseball games one at a time is breaking news. Such is the case for this organization, who rallied for three runs in the ninth inning on Monday night to beat the Chicago Cubs.
The weather was cold, the Cubs held the visitors at bay and it looked like it would be another loss for the Marlins until Jon Berti provided the theatrics for a come-from-behind victory. For this franchise, 10 wins never looked so good.
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"“They strung together quality at-bats on Monday to rally from three runs down, a comeback that included a home run from an improbable player,” wrote Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “In the ninth inning, they capitalized on three walks and a defensive miscue and held on for a 6-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.”"
The team has needed a spark, anything that would wake up their bats and potentially help them string together wins. This might have been the case.
For a team that relied so much on pitching the first month of the season, the Marlins did what the organization hoped it would do for a lineup void of power.
"“We just really hang in there,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after his team snapped a three-game slide and ended the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak.“When you get those runs back early, it kind of puts you in a better frame of mind. You get down, 3-0, to these guys, and it looks like this could be a bad night.”"
Not only did Berti hit a home run in the sixth inning, but he also had one of the hits in the top of the ninth to provide the rally. The players need to move base runners around.
As I wrote in my previous story here on Marlin Maniac, the team entered Monday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs they were last in the Majors and runs scored, home runs, doubles, and slugging percentage.
The Marlins are now 10-24 this season.
Miami and Chicago go at it again tonight at 8:05 PM from Wrigley Field. This time Caleb Smith looks to extend his undefeated streak and give the team a two-game winning streak. Smith is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA. He will go to the mound opposite Jon Lester who is 2-1 so far with a 1.73 ERA.