During the 2018 season, the Miami Marlins scored the fewest runs in all of baseball. For the Marlins to win, the pitching staff had to be at the top of its game.
On this day five years ago, the staff kept the Cincinnati Reds off the scoreboard, but for nine innings, that wasn’t enough. Isaac Galloway finally broke the scoreless tie with a walk-off RBI double as the Marlins persevered for a 1-0 victory.
Wei-Yin Chen, Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley and Kyle Barraclough had combined to allow just a walk and three hits in 10 innings as Miami came to bat in the bottom of the 10th at Marlins Park on Sept. 21, 2018. To that point, the Marlins had put just two runners in scoring position.
Cincinnati reliever David Hernandez opened the inning by striking out Derek Dietrich on a 3-2 pitch. On the very next pitch, however, Brian Anderson doubled down the right-field line to become just the third Miami player to reach scoring position for the night.
A 28-year-old rookie, Galloway had just 11 hits to his name as he came to the plate. After working the count full, Galloway took the seventh pitch of the at-bat to right field and off the wall. Anderson scored standing up to give the Marlins the thrilling victory.
Over two seasons in Major League Baseball, Galloway recorded just 22 career hits. His lone walk-off broke a scoreless tie in extra innings. It came on this day five years ago.
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Mike Ferguson is a contributor for Fish on First, who covers Miami Marlins history. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson