Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/25/13
The ball wasn’t hit well but Adeiny Hechavarria put it in the right spot. Jimmy Rollins darted to field the soft tapper up the middle but his off-balanced throw home gave Justin Ruggiano enough time to slide in safely with what proved the game-winning run. The Marlins’ eighth-inning rally set up closer Steve Cishek for his franchise-record setting 28th consecutive save (33rd overall) in a series-clinching 3-2 win Wednesday. Cishek now has sole possession of the mark he shared with Todd Jones. “I really just tried not to think about it but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t in the back of my head” said Cishek who got a Gatorade shower during his postgame interview. Albeit undeserved the Marlins should have taken the lead an inning earlier. Second base umpire Dale Scott made an awful call on a pickoff play. Cesar Jimenez spun and made a perfect throw to nab Juan Pierre who Rollins shielded from the bag. He must have obstructed Scott’s vision as well. Pierre was ruled safe. Fast forward two batters. With runners at the corners and one out Christian Yelich hit a dribbler up the first-base line that Jimenez fielded. As the speedy Yelich darted past it looked like Jimenez tried to trip him. Jimenez then reached out his hand and swatted at Yelich. The problem was the ball was in Jimenez’s glove which was still attached to the non-swatting hand. Hang that gaffe on C.B. Bucknor. “I knew he touched me” Yelich said. “That why I didn’t freak out or anything. I didn’t know he touched me with his hand.” Lefty Brad Hand stymied the Phillies through six innings holding them scoreless on four hits. The seventh started out well enough with Hand striking out Domonic Brown but the next three batters all reached on hits. Freddy Galvis singled in a run and Cesar Hernandez made it 2-2 with another base hit off reliever A.J. Ramos who allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Charged with two runs over 6 1/3 innings Hand can take solace in a quality start. His only other appearance in a starting role since his promotion from Triple-A New Orleans earlier this month was on Sept. 13 against the Mets at Citi Field. He took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits (two homers) over 5 2/3 innings. In five relief starts he allowed one run over 8 2/3 innings. “I’m impressed with his stuff” manager Mike Redmond said. “I saw some life to that fastball. What I saw tonight was some of their hitters get into good counts and not have real good swings or not see good results.”
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