Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 3, Chicago White Sox 4 (10)

Brian Kersey

The Marlins lost a close game against the Chicago White Sox, as the Fish fell short in ten innings with a walk-off victory for the White Sox.

The Miami Marlins continued their interleague play against the AL Central in Chicago. The Miami Marlins sent Tom Koehler to the mound to face John Danks and the White Sox. Not that the game was on Fox Sports Florida, if you had TWTW (The Will To Watch) you had to resort to MLB.TV and the Hawk Harrelson-led Chicago broadcast.

The game started off with a brisk pace and through three innings both pitchers had only faced 10 batters. Then in the fourth inning the Marlins scored both of the games first runs on a homer by Derek Dietrich that scored Placido Polanco and put the Miami Marlins up 2-0.

The White Sox would strike back in the bottom of the fifth, putting up two runs of their own. A Jeff Keppinger RBI groundout and a Hector Gimenez RBI single to center would do the damage. Then in the sixth (and Koehler's last) inning a single by the immortal Paul Konerko would score Alex Rios putting the the city of Chicago up one run over the visitors from Miami.

In the seventh inning a lead-off double from the youthful Marcel Ozuna would chase John Danks from the game and bring in former Marlin Matt Lindstrom. The Marlins would then proceed to load the bases with no outs, unfortunately the Marlins were only able to cash-in one run on a Miguel Olivo Sac Fly. Then a Nick Green single loaded the bases just in time for Jeff Mathis to GIDP, because apparently when the Marlins have the DH they take the opportunity to play both Olivo and Mathis.

From then until the 8th the game sat in a 3-3 standstill. During the 8th the score would not change, but fans were treated to one of the most intriguing match-ups a White Sox/Marlins game could provide. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Adam Dunn walked to the box and Marlin Manager Mike Redmond took action bringing in Dunn to face Dunn. Mike Redmond had hoped to capitalize on a classic name-name matchup and it worked out in his favor as Dunn struck out Dunn on four pitches to end the inning. Just as Ryan Zimmerman is hitless against Jordan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn remained hitless against his surname counterpart.

After nine innings, the game remained tied at 3-3. The White Sox loaded the bases in the tenth and failed to capitalize, but the Marlins would not remain so lucky in the eleventh. A groundball through the six-hole with the bases loaded would end the as the game as the White Sox walked-off and the Marlins would (presumably) head back to their hotel after losing 4-3 in the eleventh.


Source: FanGraphs

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