After spending most of the season in the thick of the National League Wild Card race, the Marlins fell out of contention in the closing weeks of the season, but some extenuating circumstances had a lot to do with that. Miami finished 7 1⁄2 games back of the Giants for the second wild card spot, so I took a look at 10 games that the Marlins let get away, and that could have helped them get into the postseason.
May 7 - Phillies 4, Marlins 3
After a home run from Justin Bour helped the Marlins hold a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the eighth inning, Craig Breslow allowed back to back one-out RBI singles to tie the game. Bryan Morris then came in and looked to induce an inning-ending double play to the next batter, except Chris Johnson dropped the throw at first base and the go-ahead run scored. The Phillies would then finish the game by showing the Marlins how correctly turn a double play on a ground ball off the bat of Miguel Rojas.
May 8 - Phillies 6, Marlins 5
A 3-0 lead for the Marlins quickly disappeared in the sixth inning when a costly throwing error by Adeiny Hechavarria eventually allowed three runs to score to tie the game. Then, another poor defensive play in the seventh, this one by Justin Bour, allowed the Phillies to take a 4-3 lead. Miami came back with two runs in the bottom half on a Chris Johnson home run and a Bour sac fly to take the lead, but David Phelps gave the lead right back in the eighth by allowing back to back two-out doubles.
June 21 - Braves 3, Marlins 2 (F/10)
RBI singles from Jose Fernandez and Hechavarria gave the Marlins an early 2-0 lead, and they held that lead until the eighth, when Jace Peterson delivered a two-run shot off David Phelps to tie the game. The game went to extra innings, and Peterson again delivered with an RBI single off Michael Dunn with two outs in the 10th to give the Braves the lead. In the bottom half, the Marlins got the first two runners on, but the next three batters struck out to leave the runners stranded and end the game.
July 4 - Mets 8, Marlins 6
Some timely hitting and a timely error from the Mets gave the Marlins an early 6-0 lead, but, starting in the fourth, the Mets starting clawing back, and eventually tied the game in the seventh on a sac fly. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, Fernando Rodney allowed a go-ahead, two-out, two-run double to Yoenis Cespedes. The Marlins tried to rally in the ninth, but Johnson grounded into a double play with runners on the corners to end it.
August 3 - Cubs 5, Marlins 4
A Jeff Mathis two-run shot in the seventh and a Christian Yelich solo shot in the eighth gave the Marlins a 4-1 lead as they looked to avoid a sweep in Chicago. Rodney was able to tight-rope his way out of jam in the eighth by only allowing one run, but things fell apart for A.J. Ramos in the bottom of the ninth. With already one run in and and the bases loaded, Ramos walked in the tying run and then hurled one to the backstop, gifting the Cubs a walk-off win on a wild pitch.
August 8 - Giants 8, Marlins 7 (F/14)
Some early offense gave the Marlins a 5-1 lead, but the bullpen fell apart in the seventh, and the combination of Hunter Cervenka and Nick Wittgren allowed four runs to tie the game without even recording an out. Then, after finally recording an out, a wild pitch from Brian Ellington gave the Giants a 6-5 lead. In the bottom half, Yelich delivered a two-run single to put Miami back on top, but the Giants got a run off Kyle Barraclough in the eighth to tie the game again. Both bullpens then locked in, but the Marlins had to turn to Andrew Cashner in the 14th, and Brandon Crawford proceeded to pick up his seventh hit of the game to drive in the winning run.
August 13 - White Sox 8, Marlins 7
The Marlins quickly erased an early 4-0 Chicago lead on home runs by Stanton and Prado, and more offense in the fourth gave the Marlins a 7-6 lead heading into the top of the eighth. In the eighth, Barraclough allowed an RBI double to tie the game, and then got a strikeout with a runner on third to end the inning, except the ball got away and the go-ahead run scored for the White Sox. In the bottom of the ninth, the game ended with Stanton injuring himself while failing to stretch a single into a double. The injury would keep him out for over a month. Ouch.
August 29 - Mets 2, Marlins 1 (F/10)
After seven innings of shutout ball from both pitching staffs, Xavier Scruggs delivered a two-out RBI knock to give the Marlins the lead in the eighth, but an A.J. Ramos wild pitch with a runner on third in the bottom half tied the game again. The game went to extras and Yoenis Cespedes came up in the 10th with two outs and sent a moonshot to left-center off Wittgren to end the game.
September 4 - Indians 6, Marlins 5
The Marlins took a 2-0 in the top of the seventh and looked to finish the game off with the bullpen, but Barraclough allowed three runs in the bottom half and Cleveland took the lead. J.T. Realmuto then came back with a solo shot to tie the game in the eighth, and an RBI double by Ichiro and sac fly from Prado gave the Marlins a 5-3 lead in the ninth. Rodney came in for the save, but he loaded up the bases with two outs and allowed back-to-back hits, the second of which walked it off for the Indians.
September 16 - Phillies 4, Marlins 3 (F/13)
The Marlins took an early 2-0 lead, but allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the Phillies took a 3-2 lead. Derek Dietrich then saved the day for the time being in the eighth with a two-out, two-strike, game-tying solo home run. The game went into extra innings where the Marlins loaded the bases in the 11th, but did not score, highlighting their 2 for 13 number with runners in scoring position on the day. The Phillies proceeded to load the bases themselves against Ramos in the 13th, and Jimmy Paredes delivered a walk-off single to end it.