The Miami Marlins scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning before falling 6-5 to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
The loss was Miami's fifth in a row and came quickly after an exciting moment for the team. Isaac Galloway who is in camp trying to secure a bench job launched a three-run home run in the ninth to erase a three-run deficit. Galloway has been a long-time member of the organization and it was a fun moment for him and his teammates.
The moment was fleeting however as the team gave a run back quickly and the Braves walked off with the victory. While the final scores of spring games are meaningless, a winning attitude is not and Miami has been unable to celebrate wins much thus far. Closing out games has been difficult for the team even with an increased use of regular big-league tested players.
Before Galloway's short-lived heroics, Miami saw another ball leave the yard early on. Playing in the shadows of Walt Disney World, Marcell Ozuna launched a majestic home run. It was the second home run of the spring for Ozuna who has looked in-shape and game-ready all spring long.
J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria also made the trip to Lake Buena Vista and each doubled. Miami has seen far better offensive results as of late, and is now looking for the same from its pitching staff.
Chris Narveson is hoping to land a bullpen job and he did little to make that happen in this one. The veteran allowed four runs in 3.1 innings and has a 5.79 E.R.A on the spring. With several arms trying to secure very few spots, Narveson is likely simply running out of time to win a role at this juncture.
The news wasn't much better for Brad Hand who is out of options and could end up waived by the team. Hand did not allow a run in two innings, but he walked two more hitters. The lefty has struggled with control during his career and that has continued this spring. Miami could decide to go in another direction before April rolls around.
The Marlins will host the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.
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