As Marlins fans well know, Cody Ross mashes left-handed pitching. Diamondbacks' manager Kirk Gibson has come to learn that as well, which why he didn't hesitate lifting announced pinch-hitter Eric Hinske for Ross when Mike Dunn entered Wednesday in the eighth. With two on and one out in a scoreless game, Ross unloaded on a 1-2 slider, depositing it over the left-field wall and sending the Diamondbacks to a 3-1 win at Chase Field. For the second straight a game a late-inning homer did in the Marlins. Paul Goldschmidt tagged Chad Qualls for a walk-off shot Tuesday. "I felt like I executed a good pitch there," Dunn said. "It wasn't that good and he hit. It was a slider down and in, probably a slider for a strike, not a chase pitch being a 1-2 count…[Jose] Fernandez pitched his butt off and on one pitch it was like throwing the whole outing away." Fernandez took the loss despite logging a career-high 7 1/3 innings. His only two walks of the game were to two of the three batters he faced in the eighth. This series loss was less an indictment of Marlins' pitching that of its offense. They went 16-for-95 (.168), including 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and totaled six runs. They still had a chance to take the rubber game.
Ross sinks former team with pinch-hit homer
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 20