The Miami Marlins clinched a wild card spot the in the National League playoffs with a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Saturday night.
With the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies occupying the other two wild card spots, the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs were officially eliminated from contention.
Two ex-Pirates, Jacob Stallings and Josh Bell, celebrated a postseason berth in a clubhouse at PNC Park after beating their former team.
Quinn Priester started for Pittsburgh on Saturday, giving up four runs on ten hits in 5.1 innings, suffering the loss to fall to 3-3 on the season. It was a bullpen game for Miami, as they used a total of nine pitchers on the night. A.J. Puk earned the victory (7-5), while Tanner Scott recorded his 12th save of the season.
Jazz Chisholm Jr’s RBI single in the first inning gave the Marlins the early lead, but the Pirates answered with a run (with a little error help) in the second to tie the game. A solo homerun by Chisholm Jr., his 19th of the season, gave the Marlins a one-run lead again at 2-1. Endy Rodriguez’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth tied the game.
Jorge Soler’s ground ball in the sixth allowed Jon Berti to score on the play, giving Miami a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, a sacrifice fly by Bell made it 4-2. In the eighth inning, Bell’s two-run double blew the game open, making it 6-2.
The Bucs got a run back in the bottom of the eight on a RBI single by Bryan Reynolds, but a single by Bryan De La Cruz in the ninth gave the Marlins an insurance run they certainly wouldn’t need, as they went on for a comfortable 7-3 victory.
Obviously, this is not the way you want to end a season. They lost their hard-fought series against the Phillies this week and now they have lost the series to the Marlins at PNC Park. Still, the Pirates can finish up strong with a victory in the season finale on Sunday afternoon.
Record vs. Marlins: 1-5
Record vs. N.L. East: 15-17
Record at Home: 38-42
Overall Record: 75-86
Let’s Go Bucs!