On Thursday night, the Miami Marlins topped the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3 in 12 innings.
And they did it with a historic performance. At no other point in the Miami Marlins 27-season major league history have they scored all four of their runs with solo homers. Harold Ramirez‘ walk-off 12th inning home run was only the fourth walkoff dinger in the 12th inning or later in Marlins history. And he’s done it twice despite ranking 197th on the all-time Marlins games played list, with 91. It was Ramirez’ eighth round-tripper of the season.
The Reds touched just-called-up starting pitcher Robert Dugger early, when power-hitting rookie Aristides Aquino went deep with a two-run shot. It was Aquino’s 14th homer of his still-very-young major league career, still only 108 plate appearances old. It was a two-run shot, due to a Lewis Brinson fielding error. Brinson was one-for-four in the game to raise his average to .188, with a pair of strikeouts.
But Dugger recovered, and eventually completed seven innings of three-hit ball. The very encouraging start would see him strike out seven, walk one, and hold the Reds scoreless aside from the first inning shot.
In the bottom of the opening frame, Jon Berti clobbered an Alex Wood changeup over the right-field wall to halve the Reds lead. It was Berti’s sixth of the season. The score remained until Austin Dean tied it up in the fifth with his third moonshot of the year, a ball that came off the bat at 111.9 MPH. It was the hardest hit ball of Dean’s career, and the second hardest ball ever hit off Wood, after a 115 MPH shot by Ronald Acuna earlier this month, according to Statcast.
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In the sixth inning, Starlin Castro continued his red-hot August with a 10-pitch at bat which ended with his 14th homer of 2019. Castro is hitting .316 since the beginning of July, and already has 25 RBI through this month. That’s a career-high for Castro, who still has two games to add to the figure.
Aquino tied it in the eighth off of Miami Marlins reliever Ryne Stanek, driving Joey Votto home. The run was charged to Jarlin Garcia, who had allowed Votto to get on base with a two-out single. Jeff Brigham pitched a scoreless 10th, and Jeff Kinley (3-1, 4.24) earned the win with two perfect innings, striking out two.
Castro, Jorge Alfaro, and Ramirez finished the game with a pair of hits each as the Marlins outhit the Reds, nine-to-six. Tonight at 7:05PM EDT, Elieser Hernandez (3-5, 4.97) will face off against former Marlin Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.81). Thanks for reading. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our daily newsletter to keep up with the Miami Marlins.