Last night’s Marlins-Pirates game was not pretty. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf could not get out of the third inning, surrendering six runs on ten hits. Logan Morrison went 4-for-6 with RBI, Ricky Nolasco tossed a quality start, and the Marlin bullpen held the Pirates at bay. The star of the game, though, was Omar Infante who went 3-for-6 with 2 homers and 5 RBI.
Dustin Parkes emails me from time to time to make sure I’m on top on all that’s .gif-able. His description of one of Infante’s homers was “hilarity ensues”, which I think is an apt description for what happened in the top of the third inning. The Marlins padded their lead to 4-1 before Ohlendorf was replaced by Daniel McCutchen. McCutchen allowed another two runners, both Ohlendorf’s responsibility, to cross the plate to bring up Infante.
Infante took a sloppy slider for ball one, then fouled off a fastball down the left field line to even the count. McCutchen went to his third pitch, a change-up, with catcher Ryan Doumit setting up low and outside. The pitch missed badly and Infante crushed it to left-center. Left fielder Alex Presley tracked the ball, took caution on the warning track, then reached up to snag the ball. Calling upon the spirit of Jason Michaels, the ball was in Presley’s glove one moment and behind the wall the next.
The play is par for the Pirates’ second-half, in which they are 19-35 (.352). Once in first place in late July, the Pirates are fighting with the Chicago Cubs to stay out of fifth place in the NL Central.