Jon Berti’s walk-off hit pushes Marlins past Pirates

The Miami Marlins were back in the win column Saturday night, but it wasn’t pretty.

The Miami Marlins were back in the win column Saturday night, but it wasn’t pretty. The Marlins offense continued to struggle hitting with runs in scoring position and their bullpen blew another save. Nonetheless, Jon Berti came through in the bottom of the eleventh with a walk-off single to right field.

Right-handed pitcher Bryan Hoeing got the start for the Fish and was lights out again in his second start of the season. Hoeing pitched five no-hitter innings allowing no runs, three walks, and two strikeouts.

Left-handed relief pitcher Steven Okert came in relief for Hoeing, but lost the no-hitter when Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen ripped a one-out ground-rule double to right field. After walking Carlos Santana, JT Chargois came in relief and got Ke’Bryan Hayes to ground out to escape without any damage. 

After a scoreless seventh inning, the Marlins handed the ball to set-up man Dylan Floro. The right-hander continued to struggle on the mound as he gave a two-out single to Santana to break up the shutout. Floro has allowed base hits in five consecutive appearances.

After the RBI single, the Marlins handed the ball to left-handed reliever Tanner Scott to get out of the inning. Scott was causing until the bottom of the ninth with two outs. He walked Nick Gonzalez and gave up an RBI double to Jason Delay to tie the game.

Heading into extras, the Marlins gave the ball to reliever Huascar Brazoban. He gave up one run in the tenth but Miami was able to tie it to keep the game going. Left-hander Andrew Nardi was the hero as he struck out the side in the eleventh. He also picked up his fifth win of the season.

The Miami Marlins made some changes to their lineup as they were looking for more offense to help out their pitching. While the Marlins didn’t overwhelm offensively, they did enjoy getting the win.

Leadoff hitter Luis Arraez had another big game and is still batting over .400 on the season. Arraez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run to RF and a walk. His batting average now sits at .401. 

The Marlins had other offensive contributors. First baseman Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly against Pittsburgh closer David Bednar to extend the game into extra innings. Jacob Stallings had a big game at the dish as he went 3-for-4 with three knocks. Third baseman Jon Berti went 2-for-5 with the walk-off single in the bottom of the eleventh. 

What’s next?

The Miami Marlins will look to clinch the series win Sunday afternoon in their series finale versus the Pirates. Rookie Eury Pérez will be on the mound for the Miami Marlins. The 20-year-old right-hander has been lights out since his MLB call-up. Perez has a 4-1 record with a 1.54 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. 

The Pirates will hand the ball to right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo. The Cuban-born righty has been decent for Pittsburgh this season. He has a 4.30 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings pitched. The first pitch of the series finale is at 1:40 pm EST on Bally Sports Florida. 

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