It took 10 innings for the Marlins to total five hits Saturday. That fifth one was worth the wait. Giancarlo Stanton’s bases loaded RBI-single gave the Marlins a series-clinching 2-1 walk-off win over the Tigers at Marlins Park. Former Marlins prospects Evan Reed loaded the bases with two walks and a 95-mph fastball that hit Donovan Solano on the head. Solano wasn’t experiencing any concussion-like symptoms immediately afterward. Hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts and a walk to that point Stanton smacked a one-out Reed offering into left-center. “I’m just glad we weren’t here all night” Stanton said. “We played one extra so that was good. [Reed] was throwing heaters but he wasn’t locating.” The Marlins’ were one strike away from their 19th shutout loss. Ed Lucas a day after his wife Holly delivered the couple’s first child ripped an RBI-single to left-center on closer Joaquin Benoit’s 2-2 offering. That was the Marlins’ fourth hit two of which came off Christian Yelich’s bat including a single three batters before Lucas came up in the ninth. “Kind of a cherry on top to a good couple of days” said Lucas adding that Marlins gave him the option to miss more than just Friday’s game. “They were going to give me the leeway to take my time if I needed it. I kind of debated [Saturday] but I think she needed the time away from me. I’m the nervous one that paces around the baby 24/7.” Facing his former team it took Anibal Sanchez all of one hitter to put his new team in the record book Saturday night. His strikeout of Chris Coghlan was the club’s 1405th breaking a tie with the 2003 Cubs for most in baseball history. Sanchez looked at home at Marlins Park tossing five scoreless innings and securing the American League ERA title (2.57). Perfect through three Sanchez struck out five of the first nine Marlins. Coghlan opened the fourth with a grounder through the right side for the first of two hits Sanchez allowed. The other a Yelich chopper up the middle that same inning didn’t leave the infield.
Stanton's walk-off single sends Marlins to 2-1 win over Tigers
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Sep 29