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Marlins Pull Away from Giants Late; Miami Takes Series 3-1
Posted By Daniel Trucios On Jun 23 2013 @ 11:48 pm In San Francisco Giants | No Comments
It was a close game until the 9th.
There, the Miami Marlins (25-50) would add four runs on two homers and a double to put themselves out of the San Francisco Giants (38-37) reach. Final score would be 7-2 Miami.
To lead off the 9th inning, Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna hit a solo home run to left, just his 2nd big fly of the year, to make it a two-run game. That would be followed up a few batters later by pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hitting a double to right getting Derek Dietrich to score all the way from first.
Next batter, Justin Ruggiano sealed the game with a two-run home run to center to make it a five-run ballgame. It was Ruggiano’s 11th of the year and 2nd of the game. The 31 year old left fielder hit a home run to left in the first at bat of the game.
All four of the Marlins’ runs in the 9th would come off of Giants reliever Jean Machi. He would leave after Ruggiano’s 2nd home run of the game leaving Jose Mijares to get the final out of the side.
It was a fairly close game before the 9th inning. The Marlins grabbed a 3-0 lead through the top of the 6th. All three of those runs came off of Matt Cain (L, 5-4) who left the game after the 6th. Cain did strike out eight before departing.
In the bottom half of the 6th, the Giants would score their first run of the game on a ground out to 2nd by Marco Scutaro allowing Tony Abreu to score from 3rd base. Abreu had gotten to 3rd on a triple to left to start off the side.
Then in the 7th, Hunter Pence hit a solo home run to left to make it a one run ballgame. It was Pence’s 12th home run of the season.
The home run was off of Nate Eovaldi (W, 1-0) who went six plus innings in the game allowing just two runs. He would leave in the 7th after walking Brandon Belt following the Pence homer.
San Francisco had a chance to tie the game later in the 7th with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. However, Joaquin Arias grounded into a double play back to Marlins reliever Ryan Webb to end the inning.
The Giants flirted with tying the game again in the 8th inning as well. Gregor Blanco reached first on a infield single to short with one out. then Marco Scutaro would get Blanco over to 3rd with a single to right. However, Scutaro saw Miami’s right fielder Giancarlo Stanton throw to 3rd base and tried to advance only to be tagged out at 2nd with a throw from 3rd baseman Ed Lucas. That would be followed up with Buster Posey grounding out to short to end the inning.
Posey did not have a good series against the Marlins going just 2-16 in four games along with a couple of walks.
Game one of the series on Thursday night had a close win for the Marlins 2-1. Both of Miami’s runs came in the 8th with a Marcell Ozuna two-run single. Ozuna would actually advance to 3rd on the play due to throwing error by Hunter Pence.
Miami also claimed game two with a 6-3 win. The Marlins scored three times in the 8th inning on a couple of singles and then on an infield single combined with a throwing error by Joaquin Arias at short.
The Giants would salvage one win in the series on Saturday night with 2-1 victory in eleven innings. With the bases loaded and one out, Hector Sanchez got in the winning run in extras with a bloop single to left field.
San Francisco’s seven game home stand is over as they went 3-4 in the week. The Giants now head for Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers (32-42).
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