With a 10-7 loss to the Nationals on Sunday, the 2016 season ended for the Miami Marlins. Missing the playoffs with a 79-82 record was a little disappointing, but the Marlins played some great games this season. I put together a top six list of Miami’s best wins on the season.
6. July 18 @ Phillies
After being shut down by Aaron Nola and the rest of the Phillies bullpen for 8 2⁄3 innings, Christian Yelich came up with a runner on first and two outs, with the Marlins trailing 2-0. Yelich delivered with an RBI double into the gap and then, after a walk, Marcell Ozuna tied the game with a single to center off Jeanmar Gomez. Then, to lead off the top of the 11th inning, Martin Prado crushed a homer to left to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead, and Kyle Barraclough finished off the win in the bottom half.
5. June 10 @ Diamondbacks
Trailing 5-1 heading into the 7th inning in Arizona, the Marlins needed a big rally, and they got one. After Miami loaded the bases with one out, Justin Bour cranked a grand slam to right field to tie the game at five, but they weren’t quite done. After back-to-back walks, Yelich doubled and Ozuna singled to give the Marlins an 8-5 lead to cap off a seven-run inning. The bullpen was able to hold the lead, and the Marlins won 8-6.
4. July 31 vs. Cardinals
Big hits by Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto in the first inning put the Marlins out to an early 3-0 lead, and they held the lead until the 8th inning, when Stephen Piscotty tied the game 4-4 with a two-run little league home run. The score stayed that way heading into the bottom of the ninth in which Cardinals reliever Matt Bowman retired the first two batters before allowing a single to Adeiny Hechavarria. With the pitcher’s spot up next, Don Mattingly turned to Derek Dietrich, who proceeded to hit a fly ball to left field that somehow fell in for a walk-off triple and a 5-4 win for the Marlins.
3. August 5 @ Rockies
An RBI double from Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning was the only scoring of the game until the 8th, when a costly throwing error by Dee Gordon allowed the tying run to score, and then Fernando Rodney was roughed up for two more runs by the Rockies’ offense. But, trailing 3-1, the Marlins exploded in the top of the 9th, scoring four runs off Rockies closer Carlos Estevez, highlighted by a go-ahead two-RBI single from Prado. A.J. Ramos then made quick work of the Rockies in the bottom half to close out a 5-3 win for the Marlins.
2. August 26 vs. Padres
Trailing 6-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th, the Marlins began to rally against the Padres bullpen. Miami got one in the 7th on an RBI single from Ozuna, and then after loading the bases with two outs in the 8th, Prado and Yelich singled back to back to tie the game. Then, Chris Johnson came up with two on and two out in the bottom of the 9th and sent what he thought was a lazy fly ball to right field, only to see it fall in for a hit and a 7-6 walk-off win for the Marlins.
1. July 1 @ Braves
After RBIs by Yelich and Ozuna gave the Marlins a 5-4 lead in the top of the 7th, Ramos headed out for the bottom of the 9th to close out the win. Instead, he gave up a leadoff homer to Tyler Flowers and the game headed to extra innings tied up 5-5. In the top of the 12th the Marlins had two on with two outs, but relief pitcher Nick Wittgren was headed to the plate with no other hitters left on the bench. So, Mattingly turned to Jose Fernandez as a pinch hitter, and Fernandez delivered in the clutch with a two-RBI double to give the Marlins the lead. Dustin McGowan shut the door in the bottom half and the Marlins came away with a thrilling 7-5 win.