Marlins Outlast Cincinnati In 14 Innings
It took 14 innings for the Florida Marlins to capture their first win in the month of May but nonetheless, they beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on a walk off error Monday night.
After leading the inning off with a walk, Ronny Paulino advanced to second on a single by Hanley Ramirez. With Jorge Cantu up to the plate, Paulino scored the game winning run on an errand throw from Cincinnati shortstop Paul Janish while trying to complete a the double play.
Josh Johnson and Aaron Harang both dueled it out going at least seven innings as each of them received no decisions.
Burke Badenhop came out of the pen to pitch the 12 th, 13 th, and 14 th innings for the ‘Fins, all of which were scoreless innings. Matt Lindstrom, Renyel Pinto, and Leo Nunez all came in and gave the Marlins scoreless innings to keep the game going into extra innings.
The good thing was that Hanley Ramirez looks to be coming out of his season long slump. Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first inning to give Florida a 1-0 lead. He also scored another run in the sixth inning by a single by Jeremy Hermida.
The Marlins will play the Reds in the final game of the two game series on Tuesday night. Edinson Volquez will square off against Chris Volstad. Volstad has been one of the Marlins best pitchers this season going 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA while boasting a 0.99 WHIP.
The Marlins hope that this will be the series that gets them back on track. Right now, the Marlins have been biding their time at first place while most of the NL East teams have struggled to be better than mediocrity. The Marlins thought they got rid of their struggles when they won two against the New York Mets and the beginning game of their series with the Chicago Cubs but after that, they went on a three game losing streak.
The Marlins started 11-1 but since then have gone 5-10 while seeing their large division lead drop down to just 0.5 games over the defending champs Philadelphia Phillies.
By: Nicholas M. Tasso
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