5-year Marliniversary: Marlins score three in ninth to stun Giants, 5-4

A Marlins memory from this day in 2018.

A Marlins memory from this day in 2018.

From Benito Santiago hitting the club’s first home run to Kevin Brown’s no-hitter to clinching the 1997 National League Division Series, the city of San Francisco holds some memorable moments for the Florida/Miami Marlins.

On this day five years ago, the city didn’t provide that level of thrills, but the Fish left the ballpark feeling pretty good. After trailing by as many as four runs, the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants with three runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 victory.

Miami trailed 4-2 as it came to bat in the top of the ninth at AT&T Park on June 18, 2018. Against closer Hunter Strickland, the Marlins battled back with patient at-bats.

After Brian Anderson worked an eight-pitch walk to start the inning, catcher J.T. Realmuto took Strickland’s first pitch to the left-center field gap for an RBI double to cut the lead to 4-3. That was followed by a walk to Justin Bour to put the go-ahead run on base.

A fielder’s choice at second served as the first out. Strickland was then able to get ahead of Lewis Brinson, but couldn’t put him away as the rookie outfielder lined the game-tying single to right field. Miguel Rojas followed with an RBI single of his own to give Miami its first lead of the night, 5-4.

Strickland’s night was over as the Giants turned to Tony Watson. Watson was able to avoid further damage, but what was done was done.

Kyle Barraclough worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to earn the save. Tayron Guerrero pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win.

All of the San Francisco offense came early. Pablo Sandoval’s two-run home run highlighted a three-run second inning for the home team. The Giants extended their lead to 4-0 in the third on Mac Williamson’s RBI single off Miami starter Caleb Smith.

Rojas broke up the shutout in the fifth inning with a two-run single. Rojas finished with three RBIs during a two-hit night. Brinson and Yadiel Rivera also added two hits each for the Marlins in the win.

San Francisco would take the final two games of the three-game set against Miami as the Marlins went on to finish a nine-game road trip with a 5-4 record. The most dramatic win from that trip came on this day five years ago. 

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