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Miami Marlins clinch 4th playoff berth in franchise history

PITTSBURGH — The Miami Marlins’ offense that seemed impossible in September will continue into October.

Sir Chisholm hit his 19th home run, Josh Bell added a two-run double and the Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Saturday night to lock up their No. 1 title in franchise history. Four playoff spots.

Miami clinched one of the National League’s two remaining wild-card berths, with Chisholm’s breakout, small-ball rush and another shutout performance from the bullpen shouldering a considerable load over the last month.

AJ Puk (7-5) and seven other relievers dominated the Pirates, making any scoreboard viewing pointless.

The Miami Heat had its magic number reduced to start the day after another comeback win on Friday night.

When closer Tanner Scott notched his 12th save in the ninth inning with a strikeout, the number officially dropped to zero, sparking a celebration on the field and behind the Miami dugout. Small groups of fans chanted “Let the Marlins go” during the game. ninth.

Buoyed by first-year manager Skip Schumaker’s relentless optimism and “why not us” attitude, the largely unknown Marlins — who had spent the previous four non-pandemic-shortened seasons has lost 93 or more games in each of the seasons — heading into its second season. The playoffs take place next week, and big-money players like the New York Mets and San Diego Padres will be watching from home.

What they will see is a team that continues to find its way, albeit with no stars in the lineup other than the exciting Chisholm, who grew up in the Bahamas as a 5-year-old in 2003. The Fish last made the playoffs in late 2003. 162 regular season games.

Unexpectedly, the Marlins entered September with a .500 record (67-67) and were on the verge of a lackluster wild-card run over the past four weeks.

The Miami Heat surged ahead of San Francisco, Chicago and surprised Cincinnati in the standings from September 17-9.

Jon Berti had three hits for the Marlins and led off Quin Priest (3-3) in the sixth inning to start the go-ahead run that began the symbolic run Miami’s “whatever it takes” offensive approach.

Garrett Hampson had a hit when Nick Gonzalez came in late. Both baserunners advanced on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Stallings, and Berti got on a sharp grounder from Jorge Soler. The hit hit off shortstop Liover Pegeuro, putting the Marlins up 3-2. Bell’s sacrifice fly extended the advantage to 4-2.

Bell spent five years with the Buccaneers from 2016-20 before jumping from Washington to San Diego to Cleveland to Miami. He provided the Marlins with some welcome insurance in the eighth, driving long to center behind Berti and Soler.

The Marlins trailed by three runs after the seventh inning for the sixth time this season, the most by any MLB team since 1900, but on a night where the Marlins made sure that wasn’t needed Such dramatic events occurred.

Endy Rodriguez had three hits to spark the run for the Pirates. Jared Triolo and KeBryan Hayes each had two hits. Bryan Reynolds hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to cut Miami’s lead to three, but the Pirates couldn’t get closer.

Priest, a first-round pick in the 2019 amateur draft, threw 5 1/3 solid innings in an attempt to carve out a spot in the starting rotation for 2024. Priest allowed four runs on 10 hits, struck out three and finished his rookie season with a 7.74 ERA in 10 games (seven starts).

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