Make-A-Wish teen ‘manages’ Marlins to victory

Ichiro delivered as Micah Goeman put him in the leadoff spot.

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The Miami Marlins were slumping. They had not scored in 19 innings entering Tuesday. A change was needed. So, manager Don Mattingly stepped aside when it came to making out the lineup.

The duty went to 18-year-old Micah Goeman, who signed a one-day contract and took over as skipper, thanks to the team and Make-A-Wish.

"This lineup is his," Mattingly said before the 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. "He lobbied for Ichiro today."

Goeman is from Carmel, Ind. His dream was to manage a team. And Mattingly, a native of Evansville, was more than happy to make it happen.

"It’s been great to have him out, and hopefully he has a great time," said Mattingly.

Goeman was at the game with his family. He brought out the lineup card, too. 

"The players and everybody down here have been so kind," his father, Rob, said. "The Make-A-Wish Foundation, to fund it. To get partners to fund it for Micah has been wonderful."

Ichiro made the most of Micah putting him in the leadoff spot, notching a hit, career No. 2,997.

The Marlins’ scoreless streak, which started Saturday against the Mets, finally ended in the sixth inning when Giancarlo Stanton hit a RBI single.