After closer Steve Cishek loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals, he recovered to strike out Anthony Rendon to end the game and solidify the Marlins’ record at .500. The Miami Marlins have now won eight out of their last nine games and are now arguably the hottest team in MLB.
Winning the series against the division-leading Nationals puts the team within five games of the NL East division lead and three games within the NL Wild Card lead. Miami sits at 53-53 this season and life cannot get better for this team, which is starting to make a miracle run to the top.
The Marlins got a magnificent performance from Henderson Alvarez on Tuesday, picking up his eighth win. The surprising star pitcher of the club walked four and struck out four in the shutout victory, lowering his ERA to 2.48 this season. Miami also got solid relief appearances from Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris as well.
There is no doubt now that the Marlins are a team to keep an eye on as they starts to reveal themselves in the rear view mirror of some of the best teams in baseball. If Miami’s streak continues into August when the team wraps up this seven-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, the Fish could be looking at a real shot at first place.