Have you ever failed at something you know you should succeed at. Afterwards, you sat down and looked yourself in the mirror wondering what went wrong? Immediately, you went online and read an uplifting failure quote, invigorating yourself for tomorrow.
"Morihei Ushiba once said that failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. I can do this!!!" you thought. The next day, you tackled the task again but this time with incredible focus and precision. You can’t mess this up, you won’t mess this up, you are on a roll! Yet, to your chagrin and surprise, failure again reared its ugly head spitting on your enthusiasm. If this has ever happened to you, you have something in common with the Miami Marlins.
After another loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Marlins have continued to fail where they should succeed. No amount of motivational online quotes read by Don Mattingly to the clubhouse could change this result. Jose Fernandez pitched seven brilliant innings, but to no avail. The Braves stole the game in the tenth inning, meaning almost one third of their wins have come against the Marlins. Yuck.
The game started off innocently enough, with Fernandez helping his cause in the second inning by plating Dietrich on an RBI single. Then, in the fourth inning, Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI single to put the Marlins up 2-0. The score would stay that way until the eighth inning, when David Phelps entered the game to replace Fernandez.
With one out and a man on first, Jace Peterson launched a high Phelps fastball deep into the right field bleachers tying the game at 2-2. Then, in the top of the 10th inning, Peterson hit an RBI single against Mike Dunn to plate the winning run.
Well, maybe tomorrow then?
Hero of the Game: Jose Fernandez (+.400)
Goat of the Game: Mike Dunn (-.341)
Play of the Game: Jace Peterson singled to left. Chase d'Arnaud scored. (-.341)
Ichiro Hit Count: 2,982, 18 from 3,000