June 13, 2005
NL Playoff Game 13
Rose Tree Getty Marlins 12
Patriot Construction Twins 11
In a tremendous battle, Rose Tree Getty Marlins prevailed with 6th inning heroics.
In the first inning, the Marlins jumped on Twins pitcher Chase Luffey, getting their first five batters on and scoring three runs. Luffey settled down to retire three straight to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Tommy Higgins struck out two but gave up an RBI single to Alex Kron. At the end of one, the score was 3-1 Marlins.
In the second, the Marlins threatened with two walks but Chase Luffey pitched out of the jam without yielding any runs. In the bottom of the second, Tommy Higgins got two quick strike outs but the Twins threatened, getting the bases loaded before Higgins struck out the side. At the end of two, the score was 3-1 Marlins.
New pitcher Jack Ribble struck out the side in the third, but not before the Marlins struck again with four walks and two singles, getting three runners across the plate. In the bottom of the third, the Twins bats woke up as four batters hit the ball hard, recording three runs before Higgins bore down to retire two of the last three batters in the inning. At the end of three, the score was 6-4 Marlins.
In the fourth, the Marlins got another two runs on three hits and a hit batter. In the bottom of the fourth, the Twins faced new pitcher Timmy Quinn. Quinn started off shaky, surrendering two walks and a hit batter. After walking in one run, Timmy retired the last two batters to end the inning. At the end of four, it was Marlins 8-5.
The tides turned in the fifth. Twins pitcher Kevin Mohollen pitched a dominating inning, striking out three straight batters with a minimum of pitches. In the bottom of the fifth, the Tim Quinn started out well getting the first batter to strike out. After two singles, Quinn struggled and walked three straight batters. After another hit, Max Reisser roped a bases clearing triple down the right field line to score the sixth run of the inning. At the end of five it was Twins 11-8.
The Marlins did not give up. Jack Misko forced a walk to start the top of the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Matt Divis and Tommy Higgins drove in one run. Two fielder's choices drove in Divis and Higgins, tying the game at 11-11. Michael Solomon beat out an infield single then Brian Snow hit a triple to the wall to score Solomon for the Marlins go ahead run. In the bottom of the sixth, Tim Quinn struck out the first batter then yielded a walk. A stolen base put runner Andrew DeSilva in scoring position. After another strike out, the Twins' lead off batsman, Chase Luffey, took the plate. The count went quickly to 1 and 2 as Quinn fired the ball around the plate. After fouling off what would have been strike three, Tim Quinn reared back and blew a fastball past Luffey for the final out of the game.
Final score Marlins 12, Twins 11.
After going 1 and 5 in the first half of the season, the Marlins are 8 and 1 since retiring the pitching machine.