The Miami Heat are trying to become the best team in basketball with a second straight NBA championship in the 2013 NBA Finals, but is it possible Heat fans should also be concerned about the worst team in baseball?
Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning last night, sending the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory that snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ winning streak at four games. It was a stunning moment for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13.
Stephen Strasburg matched his career low by lasting only three innings in his likely final home start of the season, allowing five runs Friday night in the Washington Nationals’ 9-7, 10-inning loss to the Miami Marlins.
When the season started for the Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton was expected to be the big bat at the clean-up spot. He struggled early in the season and was bumped down the lineup.
Houston Astros player J.D. Martinez became the first player to homer at the Marlins’ new ballpark, tying the game in the eighth inning, but Gaby Sanchez hit an RBI double in the 11th inning to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 Friday night.
The Florida Marlins had already rallied to take the lead when Logan Morrison saw a chance to squeeze out another run. He scored on a sacrifice pop fly to the first baseman. The alert play capped a big night for Morrison, and the Marlins did a lot of little things right to beat AL East-leader Tampa Bay 5-3 on Friday.