Marlins come up short in 5-4 loss to Reds
At the crack of the bat, John Buck appeared to have won the game
for the Miami Marlins.
His fly ball to deep center field was caught by Drew Stubbs in
the 11th inning preserving a 5-4 win for the Cincinnati Reds over
the Miami Marlins in 11 innings Sunday.
”Stubbs saved the game with that great catch,” Reds manager
Dusty Baker said. ”That is about as athletic of a catch to the
deepest part in almost any ballpark in America. I’m just glad we
Donovan Solano drew a two-out walk from Jonathan Broxton before
Buck’s game-ending fly out caught by Stubbs, who leaped to make the
catch just in front of the 418-foot wall. It was Broxton’s second
save with the Reds.
”I knew in this ballpark to never give up on it because it’s so
deep out there,” Stubbs said.
Ryan Ludwick hit a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th off
Carlos Zambrano (7-10) to give the Reds a 5-4 lead.
”That was a big one for us,” Ludwick said. ”That’s a team
fighting to spoil people probably and they gave us all we could
handle for three straight days. Just to be able to get that one was
Ludwick, Dioner Navarro, and Didi Gregorius each had three hits
for the Reds, who tied a season high with 17 hits and left 14 men
”We did get a lot of hits,” Baker said. ”We left a ton of
guys on base, had a lot of opportunities, which is the name of the
game. The more opportunities you get, sooner or later you’re going
to bust through.”
Zambrano was the Marlins’ ninth pitcher of the game when he came
on to pitch the 11th. Zambrano, who had not pitched since Sept. 7,
issued a lead-off single to Chris Heisey and walked Joey Votto
before Ludwick singled through the left side scoring Heisey for a
”When you lay off that much, you can’t ask too much,” Marlins
manager Ozzie Guillen said. ”On the other hand my starting
pitchers have been throwing seven, eight innings plus the last
week, week and a half. That’s why the guys in the bullpen have not
been pitching that much.”
Miami had an opportunity to score in the 10th when Giancarlo
Stanton came to the plate with two runners on, but Logan Ondrusek
(4-2) struck him out.
”Ondrusek came in and got a big, big out on Stanton,” Baker
Jose Reyes hit a tying double off the right-field wall in the
eighth inning off Mat Latos.
”I thought the ball that Reyes hit was a homer,” Baker said.
”I didn’t see where it hit on the wall and I was glad it stayed in
the ball park.”
Reyes had three hits to lead the Marlins, who were searching for
their first three-game sweep since June 29-July 1 when they swept
”It’s tough when you hit the ball good and you think you’ve got
a home run and the ball doesn’t go out,” Reyes said. ”It’s kind
of tough as a hitter but like I say it is what it is. You have to
deal with it.”
Latos pitched 7 2-3 innings allowing four runs and seven hits.
He struck out eight and walked three.
”I tried my best to keep us in,” Latos said. ”I wound up
giving up a lead, that’s always aggravating. Seems like that’s been
the story of the year for me for the most part. We got a `W’ and we
have to move forward. That magic number is getting closer and
At the start of the day, the Reds needed a combination of six
wins, or losses by St. Louis and Los Angeles, to clinch a playoff
Gregorius’ RBI single and Brandon Phillips’s RBI ground out gave
the Reds an early 2-0 lead.
Miami tied the game at 2-all with a two-run triple by Greg
Navarro’s RBI single allowed the Reds to re-gain the lead at
Cincinnati took a 4-2 lead after an RBI single by Ludwick in the
sixth. The Marlins cut the deficit to 4-3 on a sacrifice fly by
Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs and 10 hits in
five innings. Nolasco had won his last three starts including two
shutouts over Washington.
”Obviously, this was not my best day,” Nolasco said. ”I got
singled to death; a lot of ground balls just found the holes but
it’s part of the game. I just tried to go as deep as I could.”
NOTES: The Reds also had 17 hits on June 14 against Cleveland
and July 23 at Houston. … It was Navarro’s first three-hit game
since July 8, 2009 against Toronto while with Tampa Bay. …
Nolasco is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in his last seven starts. … The
Reds will send RHP Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93 ERA) to the mound on
Tuesday at Wrigley Field to face Cubs RHP Justin Germano (2-7, 6.24
ERA) to begin a three-game series. Miami will host Atlanta with RHP
Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71 ERA) getting the start against Braves
LHP Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.90 ERA).