The Miami Marlins had the Cincinnati Reds‘ number in this series and came very close to completing the sweep Sunday but the Reds held the Marlins off winning 5-4 in 11 innings. The Reds piled on a 17-hit barrage of Marlins pitching but still was not the offensive juggernaut that we have seen leading the NL Central.
1. Hit parade: The Reds totaled 17 hits in the 5-4 victory. Ryan Ludwick, Dioner Navarro and Didi Gregorius all had three hits in the game. Ludwick’s third hit of the game proved to be the game-winning RBI. Joey Votto had two hits of his own as well.
2. Marlins claw their way back: It was a very resilient effort from the Fish Sunday. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Austin Kearns started off with a pinch-hit single. Then after a sac-bunt from Bryan Petersen and a ground out from Justin Ruggiano, shortstop Jose Reyes came through in the clutch hitting a double to score Kearns from second. The game was tied. However, down the stretch, the Reds would pull off the victory.
3. Marlins bullpen empties: After starter Ricky Nolasco was relieved of his duty in the fifth inning, eight pitchers were used after him. Ryan Webb, Daniel Jennings, A.J. Ramos, Chad Gaudin, Mike Dunn, Steve Cishek, Heath Bell and Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano would be tagged for his tenth loss of the season after giving up the game-winning hit.
The Marlins are creeping on the New York Mets for fourth place. The team is only 2.5 games behind for the position. The Fish start a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves Monday when Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 2.94 ERA) takes on Tim Hudson (14-6, 3.66 ERA).
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