The Miami Marlins had a chance at this game.
Ricky Nolasco had a one-hitter through six innings of work, albeit he had allowed three baserunners total. He struck out six in 6 2/3 innings and almost cleared the seventh inning before the Philadelphia Phillies mounted their first comeback of the night. Nolasco gave up one run after Ryan Howard and Delmon Young doubled, but he was one out away from escaping the inning with the lead. Instead, he gave up yet another double to Eric Kratz and a strong Nolasco start was once again ruined by timely hitting in one relatively "big" inning. His overall line, however, was yet another impressive start.
The Marlins took an early lead thanks to their rookies, as Marcell Ozuna, Derek Dietrich, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Rob Brantly all played pivotal roles in the team's early 2-0 lead. But when it came to the extra innings, it was wily old veteran Juan Pierre who singlehandedly "manufactured" a 3-2 lead for the Fish in the tenth inning. Pierre drew a rare walk and was advanced to second base by Ed Lucas. He then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch, giving the Fish a temporary lead.
Unfortunately, it was not enough, as Steve Cishek once again struggled to hold onto a lead. John Mayberry hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the frame and tie the game up. Then, with Edgar Olmos on the mound in the 11th inning, the Phillies loaded the bases on an error and two walks, one an intentional one to get a double play in order. Mayberry came up again and he hit another home run, this time a walk-off grand slam to send the Marlins home sad.
The Fish will try to break up the sweep tomorrow afternoon.