The Florida Marlins pulled out a 2-1 victory in a fun game to watch Saturday. It was not the prettiest of games, but the Marlins finally pulled together for a win.
Florida closer Kevin Gregg rebounded from a tough blown save. Gregg entered the top of the ninth with something to prove. He retired the first hitter he faced, then walked the next batter. Gregg had to pull it together in front of a raucous crowd. The Marlins closer got it together, and struck out his next two batters.
The Marlins scored the first run of the game, when Hanley Ramirez ripped his 27th home run of the season. Later in the game, catcher Henry Blanco, who was filling in for Geovany Soto, blasted his third homer of the seson to tie the game, 1-1.
The Marlins and Cubs struggled to drive in runners in scoring position. Florida finally scored when Cody Ross drove in Jeremy Hermida from second base. The 2-1 lead was all the Marlins needed.
It was important for the Fish to bounce back and get a win. With the victory, the Marlins kept pace in the division, and stayed 3.5 games back of the first-place New York Mets.
The Marlins will bring Chris Volstad to the mound, as he looks for his fifth win. Volstad will face former Marlin Ryan Dempster. Dempster has had a surprising season, going 13-5 and pitching well enough to earn some Cy Young Award votes.