There are only 158 games to go, and the Miami Marlins know that absolutely nothing is expected of them this season.
The doubters might be helping.
The crowd was 10,428, the smallest in Marlins Park history by 209 patrons. The Marlins now announce attendance based only on tickets sold, a change from the previous ownership regime.
Wallach’s RBI single — the first run driven in of his career — got the Marlins on the board in the fifth, and they were off and running. Derek Dietrich’s single under the glove of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo drove home Wallach to make it 2-0, and Anderson’s two-out line drive to right off Cubs starter Jose Quintana (0-1) cleared the bases.
Quintana gave up six hits and six runs in six innings. The last of the runs charged to him scored when he uncorked a wild pitch in the sixth.
The game changed in just one inning, Quintana said. It’s a little frustrating.
Kyle Schwarber had a pair of hits for the Cubs, who stranded 10 runners on Sunday and 42 runners for the series — a lot even when considering one of the four games in Miami was a 17-inning affair on Friday night.
Quite frankly, we could not have hit the ball better than we did, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. That’s the most incredible shutout that I’ve ever seen in my life.
Brian Duensing worked the final two innings in relief of Quintana, capping Cheap Queensland Jerseys a series in which Cubs relievers worked 24 innings and Cheap Retro Basketball Jerseys allowed only two runs.
After Castellanos was called out to end the inning, Gardenhire argued until he was tossed in his first game as the Tigers’ manager and for the 74th time in his career. The Pirates went on to win the game 13-10 in 13 innings.
Gardenhire told reporters the Tigers heard what we wanted to hear when general manager Al Avila spoke with MLB this weekend. He said MLB acknowledged that too much time was needed to reach a replay decision and that the video evidence wasn’t definitive.
MLB said in its statement, however, that the correct call was made.
The nature of the exchange with the Tigers was that the replay officials made the correct call based on conclusive evidence,” MLB said. The video clearly shows the catcher applying the tag on the upper right arm of the runner.”