The Marlins were involved in a huge foul ball controversy at Wrigley Field in Chicago back in 2003 when Cubs fan Steve Bartman interfered with Cubs outfielder Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a ball. The Cubs would go on to lose that playoff game and the series with much of the blame falling on Bartman. Well there was another story involving the Marlins and a foul ball on Sunday, but this time Wrigley Field lived up to its nickname of the "Friendly Confines."
Do I grade the players on a pathetic 8 innings or an amazing 9th inning? I figured that I would hold off and wait to see how this one played out. Well if you didn’t stay up to watch, you were probably better off. Long story short, Mike Dunn blew it again, this time allowing a 2-run home run to Gregory Polanco (his 5th hit of the game mind you) and the Fish blew a 4-run 9th inning comeback to lose 8-6 in 13 innings.
Tyler Kolek is about to become one of the wealthiest 18-year-olds -- if not THE wealthiest resident of any age -- in the Texas town of Shepherd. The hard-throwing right-hander, whom the Marlins selected with the second overall pick in last week's amateur draft, has agreed to terms on a $6 million bonus, sources have confirmed. The deal is pending a physical.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond calls it The Henderson. The old-school term is Eephus pitch. Once or twice an outing, right-hander Henderson Alvarez uncorks his ultimate change of pace breaking ball to keep a hitter off balance. Curiously, Alvarez’s super-slow curve, which usually registers 59 mph, comes as much of a surprise to his catcher as it does to the hitter.
Forgive Donovan Solano if his full attention wasn’t on limbering up during team stretch before Saturday’s game. As the Marlins readied themselves for their game against the Pirates, Solano kept an eyeball on the big screen at Marlins Park, which was showing the telecast of the Colombia-Greece World Cup game. A native of soccer-crazed country, Solano reveled in his team’s 3-0 win. Making it all the more special was that Colombia had not qualified for the World Cup – held every four years – since 1998.
Asked if the team was considering filtering in some new possibilities, Redmond said: "I think we're there. Our bullpen can't sustain five or six innings every night, nor can our morale. It's tough as a player sometimes when you're sitting out there and you're down, 2-0 or 3-0, in the second or third inning. It affects everything. It affects the defense. It affects our energy. We're in a rut right now. We're in a cycle. Our starting pitching isn't getting deep into games. But that can change quickly, too."
For nearly a decade, from 2001-10, Randy Wolf had his way against the Pirates, winning seven straight decisions. On Saturday afternoon, the Pirates got back at the 37-year-old left-hander.
A worn out Marlins bullpen is getting some immediate relief. On Sunday morning, the Marlins recalled right-hander Sam Dyson from Triple-A New Orleans. To make the roster move, Nathan Eovaldi was placed on paternity leave. Eovaldi started on Friday night against the Pirates, and he is still scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Casey McGehee is sending a message to walk Giancarlo Stanton at one's own risk. The Pirates on Sunday afternoon took their chances with McGehee, and it resulted a walk-off celebration for the Marlins.
Around The League
In the first inning Saturday, Yasiel Puig worked a walk and proceeded to flip his bat as he turned toward first base. Instead of falling safely behind him, the bat flew forward, spiraling over the head of Arizona catcher Miguel Montero and just past home-plate umpire Bill Welke.
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been under appreciated for most of his baseball career. Lucroy was passed over by most recruits in high school and was not a top prospect in the minors. Now, however, baseball bigwigs are starting to notice the 28-year-old.
Brandon Barnes' second inside-the-park homer this month gave the Rockies a ninth-inning lead and a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Giants on Saturday. It also made Barnes the first player with two inside-the-parkers in the same month since Ruben Sierra did so in August 1987.
Giants catcher Buster Posey exited Sunday's game after the top half of the fourth inning, in which he took a brutal foul tip to the mask, knocking him back.
At Fish Stripes
A look at how last year's first round pick, third basemen Colin Moran, has been progressing in High-A Jupiter.
The Miami Marlins demoted Derek Dietrich because of defensive woes, but shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is also struggling with the glove despite a Gold Glove reputation. But is his problem so clear cut?
Despite being quoted saying he is ready to pitch at the major league level, Miami Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney will reportedly skip a few starts between now and the end of the season in anticipation of possibly pitching in the postseason.
A quick glance at some numbers that stand out from the Marlins 2014 draft picks.