With the Marlins trying to avoid sending Alex Sanabia to Birmingham to play for Dr. Andrews team, they went with a start by committee by the bullpen. They did not disappoint.
Jorge Sosa was first up and went four innings of 5 hits, 2 walks ball. Sosa put runners on all over the place, but was able to escape every time. And that is all you can ask.
Pirates starter Charlie Morgan may have thrown his best start of the season going 6 innings, allowing only 4 hits and striking out a career high 9 batters. But it would be to no avail.
In the fourth, the Marlins put all the runs on the board that would be scored in the game. Ozzie Martinez led off with a single to left. Logan Morrison followed with a double to move Ozzie to third. With one out Gaby walked to load the bases. Mike Stanton hit an unbelievable seeing eye chopper that went over Pedro Alvarez's glove and hung up long enough that short stop Ronny Cedeno didn't have a play to drive in Ozzie. It is about time a break went our way. Chad Tracy hit a sac fly to left to score LoMo. 2-0 Marlins.
That would end the scoring.
The tag team effort of Brian Sanches, Jose Veras, Leo Nunez and Clay Hensley kept the shutout in tack. While the first three cruised through their assignments, K-lay did not. In the ninth on for the save and with one out, Hensley walked John Bowker to bring the trying run to the plate. To make matters worse, he allowed a hit to Delwyn Young to place runners on first and second with two outs. Bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. Then he uncorked a wild pitch to let both of the tying runs move into scoring position. Fortunately, he struck out Ryan Doumit to preserve the lead and the win for the Marlins.
Of course, most of you didn't see any of this thanks to FSFL carrying college football.
The Marlins need to win the final game of the season to secure a winning record at home.