Marlins Blow Late Lead

The Miami Marlins are now 0-for a week, as it lost it's fourth late game lead of the season.

The day couldn't have gotten worse when Peter Bendix, Marlins president of baseball operations, announced young star pitcher Eury Perez would miss the season due to Tommy John surgery. Then it looked like the team was going to rally amidst a losing streak and losing a key player for the season. The rally started in the fourth inning with Marlins down 1-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Enter Jake Burger, born and raised in St. Louis, attended Missouri State University and playing in his hometown for the first time in his career. Burger with over 20 friends and family member in attendance led the fourth with a game tying solo homerun.

Then in the fifth inning the Fish took control of the game when Josh Bell and Burger went for back-to-back homeruns taking 4-1 lead. Just when things were looking up for the Fish, the three-run lead dwindled to one. A wild pitch in the top of the sixth helped Miami to a 5-3 lead that settled some nerves. But the biggest problem for the early days of the season has been protecting late leads. Three of the seven loses heading in to the Cardinals game, the Marlins held a lead in the sixth inning or later before losing it. The Cardinals owned the seventh inning exploding of five runs, and holding what would end up being the final score of 8-5.

The teams have Friday off before continuing the three game series on Saturday. Listen to the game on Fox Sports 940, or locally on the iHeartRadio App, coverage begins at 1:40 p.m., and first pitch at 2:15 p.m..

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