The Miami Marlins lost a lead late in the ninth inning but fought back in extra innings to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Tuesday night from Comerica Park.
It’s okay to get a little excited about the Miami Marlins four-game winning streak. As I told fellow Marlin Maniac writer Kevin Kraczkowski, I didn’t think I would be writing about a situation like this just a week ago. But now, the Marlins have given fans a bit of hope after. 10-31 start to the season.
"“Backup catcher Chad Wallach delivered the decisive RBI double in the 11th inning, Harold Ramirez slugged his first MLB home run and Nick Anderson notched his first victory,” wrote Joe Frisaro of MLB.com."
In doing so, it may be a case of Derek Jeter and the front office staying the course, showing patience and knowing what we didn’t want to believe.
This rebuild is truly a marathon no matter how much we want it to be a sprint to the finish line.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but the pitching staff is proving to be better with each run through the rotation.
I may not be a case of “In Caleb Smith We Trust.”
Smith pitched well once again but did not factor the decision.
What fans saw Tuesday night was a team that gave up a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Detroit Tigers and found a way to win in extra innings. The Marlins showed a bit of maturity in coming back after losing their edge. This team might be growing up before our eyes.
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Yes, it’s early in the season winning four games now versus winning them in the back half of the season is a different feel.
I caution everyone with this sudden burst of excitement, but it’s something the Marlins haven’t experienced in a while.
"“This is good for us,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Obviously, confidence grows when you win. We’ve started to put some wins together, and you start to feel like you’re going to win the game. But the road is tougher to close it down. It was good to get it.”"
The winning streak also matched the longest one Miami experienced in either 2017 or 2018. The recent change in the lineup has also led to an improvement in the performance at the plate as well as the bullpen, where Anderson continues to get better each time he comes into a tough situation.
"“I’m a rookie, but I’m still 28 years old, so I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs,” Anderson said. “Sometimes you battle ups and downs. I just tried to not worry about the last couple of outings and stay focused.”"
Tonight, the two teams go at it again from Comerica Park. Jose Urena gets the ball. He is currently 1-6 this season with a 4.44 ERA.