Marlins win in final inning to remain in first place

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 31, 2000

The Marlins scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a tie with the Orioles to earn a 10-9 victory in the Dixie Minor League last week.

Both teams were playing well offensively as they each scored at least one run in each inning. But, it was the Marlins who had the final at-bat that led to their one-run victory.

The Orioles earned the lead in the top of the first inning as Blake Mullins led off the game with a triple. Two batters later, Davis Watts reached base on a fielding error by the Marlins. Both of the runners touched home on an error to make the score 2-0.

In the bottom of the inning, consecutive walks to Nicholas Albritton and Ethan Mauch caused trouble for the Orioles as both scored on pitches that got by the catcher to tie the game at 2-2.

The Orioles took the lead again in the top of the second. T.J. Bender led off the inning with a basehit. He was followed by back-to-back walks to Jeffrey Stead and Logan Ausdearau. With the bases loaded, Mullins ripped his second triple in two innings. He also scored on the hit on a throwing error to lift the Orioles to a 6-2 lead.

Derek Thomley bagan the bottom of the second by getting on base after being hit by a pitch. After two consecutive strikeouts, the Marlins earned back-to-back walks by Jeffrey Cofer and Casey Tesmer to load the bases. With two outs, Albritton cleared the bases with a triple to right field to make it a one-run game. 6-5.

The Orioles added to their lead in the third. Kel Lewis began the inning by reaching on an error. Mark McGough hit a two-out RBI double to left field, driving in Lewis. McGough scored on a double by Norman McGowin to make the score 8-5.

The Marlins would not go down though as they came back with two runs in the bottom of the third. Mauch led off the inning with a walk and later scored from second base on a passed ball and an error. Zack Smith, who had hit a single, went to third on the error and was driven home by Blackmon to make it a one-run game again, 8-7.

Davis Watts increased the Orioles led once again in the fourth as he reached base on a walk. He went to second on a passed ball, to third on a stolen base and then scored on a fielding error by the Marlin defense to increase the lead to 9-7.

The Marlins tied the game in the bottom of the fourth as Derek Thomley reached on an error and Dwayne Crenshaw earned a walk. Both baserunners scored on errors to even the score at 9-9.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Marlins won the game as Smith reached on an error, went to second on a passed ball, stole third and then scored on another passed ball to win the game 10-9.

Smith, who came in to relieve starter Albritton, earned the win for the Marlins. The two pitchers combined for eleven strikeouts.

Braves 11, Pirates 2

The Braves needed to win against the Pirates to keep pace with the league-leading Marlins. They used the Pirates for a decisive victory, 11-2, and to stay within one game of first place.

The Pirates took the early lead in the bottom of the second inning as Dalton Gregory scored from second base on a wild pitch.

But, the Braves got hot in the top of the third. Bobby Martin led off the inning by reaching on an error. The next three batters, Chris Smith, Stimpson Crosby and Durell Carter, walked to tie the game and load the bases. Adam Vickery then lined a hit to left-center field for a triple to empty the bases and make the score 4-1. Trent Jones added one more run when he scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.

The Braves added to their lead in the fourth inning as Jeremy Robinson, Marin, Smith, Crosby, Carter and Vickery all scored to give the Braves an 11-1 lead.

Daniel Paul scored the Pirates' final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but they were unable to get a rally going as they fell, 11-2.

Vickery earned the win for the Braves, striking out seven Pirates.

Marlins 10, Pirates 3

The Marlins won their second game of the week by delivering another loss to the Pirates, 10-3.

The Marlins jumped to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning as Ethan Mauch and Zac Smith scored on wild pitches.

Sean Cook put the Pirates on the board in the bottom of the inning by scoring on a wild pitch after hitting a double to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Marlins added three more in the second inning. Brantley McKeown led off the inning with a single and Blake Reaves followed by getting hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced two bases on a wild pitch, making the score 3-1. Later in the inning, with Reaves and Jeffrey Coker on base, another wild pitch gave the Marlins a 5-1 lead.

The Pirates stayed in the game though as they came around with two runs in the second. Steven Edward and Daniel Paul led off the inning with walks. With one out, Wade Bush delivered a double that drove both runners home to cut the lead to 5-3.

But, the Marlins stretched the lead again in the third as Smith, Nicholas Blackmon, Sherod Bell and McKeown scored to give them a 9-3 lead.

The Marlins added one more in the fourth as Nicholas Albritton scored.

The Pirates were unable to score again in the game.

Albritton earned the victory for the Marlins and struck out five batters, including three in the final inning.