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Marlins snap 22-inning scoreless streak with 1-0 victory over the Braves

Aug 10, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

Justin Ruggiano AP

Before Braves reliever Jordan Walden uncorked a wild pitch with a runner on third base in the top of the ninth tonight, the Marlins hadn’t scored since the fifth inning on Thursday against the Pirates. As Adeiny Hechavarria crossed home plate on the errant pitch, he broke a scoreless tie, allowing for closer Steve Cishek to nail down the save.

Tonight’s game was a pitcher’s duel through and through. Braves starter Alex Wood held the Fish scoreless through six innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi was even better, shutting the Braves out over seven, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out eight. Both bullpens held the opposition down, Walden’s mistake aside.

Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano continued his extensive offensive slump. An 0-for-3 night left him hitless in his last 41 at-bats. His last hit came more than a month ago on July 8. The record for most consecutive hitless at-bats is 46, set by Eugenio Velez — then of the Dodgers — in September 2011.

The Braves, by the slimmest of margins, finally have their 14-game winning streak snapped. They lose for the first time since July 25 against the Mets.

  1. mississippimusicman - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Jim Joyce’s strike zone was a joke tonight. The final strike of the game was over the chalk line outside, and from the first AB on it was obvious he had no idea what to call. Chris Johnson got tossed right after his first AB for complaining about being called out looking at three straight out of the zone, and there were several that Gameday said were in the zone that were called balls.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I’m delighted that the Feesh finally won a game, but Wood and Eovaldi both figured out Joyce’s cockamamie strike zone early and played it like a violin all game long. Unfortunately, the hitters couldn’t do likewise.

    FYI Eovaldi did not get the win, Mike Dunn did, in relief. This makes 34 consecutive innings that Eovaldi has pitched without the benefit of a single run scored in support of his superb work. And the Feesh won this game without an RBI, too. Last time I saw an offense this putrid, it was Napoleon’s army retreating from Russia.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      With a little bit of pluck, your feesh may not finish in last place.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        It would take more than “pluck.” Divine intervention, maybe…or, given who owns this club, perhaps infernal intervention.

  3. scdocal - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Gattis get the fuckin glove down. Should have kept that ball in front of him. Hope walden is okay. Start a new one tomorrow fellas.

  4. nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Jeez, Gator. I always suspected you to be a bit older than me,but… you remember seeing Napoleon’s army retreating from Russia? Cool!

    So how was it to watch Babe Ruth in person?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      I know, right. I was thinking: he is an Old Gator.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Remember it? I suspect he was the first embedded correspondent.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:09 AM

        Embedded was the word. I met this field nurse from Marseilles…..

  5. 13arod - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM


  6. misterj167 - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “The Nats with another impressive win over the division rival Phils tonight, Bob…they’re really starting to pull ahead of the pack here.”

    “Absolutely, Doug. The division lead is still within their grasp as they win their second in a row, what an amazing run it’s been. We asked Nats superstar Bryan Harper what he thought of the hugely important win tonight.”

    (two hour interview later)

    “In other news, ARod. Here’s a special report by ESPN correspondent Braunchs Baumer:”

    (three hours later)

    “And that’s it for ESPN tonight, be sure to tune in next for our six hour special ‘The Ten Greatest Nationals Teams In Baseball History’.”

  7. misterj167 - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Seriously, good work by the Fish tonight, they have some good young players. As for the Braves, can’t win ’em all!

  8. maegreen18 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM


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