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Marlins Edge 'Canes in 9th, 7-6

MIAMI, Fla. -- It is probably going to the largest crowd the University of Miami sees all season (approx. 10,000) – and they didn’t disappoint with a tough performance in a 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins at the new, but still under construction, Marlins Park in downtown Miami, the former site of our beloved Orange Bowl.

Alex Fernandez and Peter O'Brien talk after Hanley Ramirez blasted a two-run home run.

Following a three-game sweep at the hands of the No. 1 Florida Gators in Coral Gables this past weekend, the ‘Canes needed some kind of confidence boost. They may have gotten that with the way they played the Marlins Tuesday night.

But as they did against the Gators on Sunday afternoon, it got away late as the ‘Canes blew a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the ninth. Eric Nedeljovic started the ninth and it quickly got away from him. Back-to-back walks gave the Marlins runners on first and second, while an RBI single from Nick Yelich tied the game at 6-6. A single through the right side from Terry Tiffee sealed the game and the win for the Marlins.

But coach Jim Morris was happy with the performance of his team.

“It was a great night for our players and I think for the Marlins to get to play the first game in the stadium, it’s a beautiful stadium, the first thing it does, you got a weather issue, you just close the dome and play, and it was perfect, that was something needed in this park. For us as a team, it was fun to play. We very close to winning the game. There is a fine line between winning and losing,” Morris said. “I thought we’d win it in the ninth inning to be honest with you.”

Freshman lefthander Andrew Suarez pitched three scoreless innings for the ‘Canes while facing the Marlins Mark Buehrle.

“It was exciting playing against the Marlins. It was always a childhood dream. I just went in there and threw strike and trusted the pitches he was giving me. I trusted my stuff,” Suarez said.

The ‘Canes jumped out on top of the Marlins with a three-spot in the third for a 3-0 lead on three straight singles by Julian Santos, Jarred Mederos and Tyler Palmer. Dale Carey then ripped a double down the third-base line off Buehrle for a bases clearing hit.

The Marlins but quickly gave it right back and them some with a four-run fourth for the Marlins that started off with a two-run blast to right field by Hanley Ramirez.

The Marlins then added two more in the inning taking a 4-3 lead at the end of four, but the ‘Canes struck back for one tying it at four in the top of the fifth. The tie was short lived as the Marlins came right back in the bottom half of the inning plating two for a 5-4 lead.

However, the ‘Canes refused to go away. The ‘Canes loaded the bases with one out, but a strike out by Jarred Mederos, Tyler Palmer made the Marlins pay as he singled to left with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth giving the ‘Canes the lead back at 6-5 as two crossed home plate.

Javi Salas, AJ Salcines and Alex San Juan combined to throw 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk over that span.

The Hurricanes return to action with a midweek tilt against Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday. First pitch for the team's matchup with the RedHawks is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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    andrew32

    What do you think about the new stadium? Do you think the fans will continue to go to games once the new smell wears off?

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  • I think the stadium is actually pretty mediocre. The bullpens don't exactly look beautiful, the outfield walls are a putrid green color, they created that monstrosity of a home run design which doesn't even work right now -- at least they didn't use it last night when Hanley Ramirez homered, the place is crazy dusty cause it's not even finished -- and they are supposed to open there in a month? I don't see how it will be done. It's going to open the same way the Triple A -- unfinished with continuing construction going on while they play games -- only in Miami does it work that way.

    I have been to Yankee Stadium and I know it cost double the money, in large part because it is New York City and everything costs more money, but everything about that stadium is better than this one, and I am talking by a landslide. This stadium doesn't wow you. The outside is actually nicer than the inside. They closed the roof last night cause the rain.

    I guess I sound like I am not impressed by it -- just really, I am not. I've been told Safeco field looks far better than this and Safeco is ten years old. This was supposed to be some cutting edge stadium -- far from it. Ok, it has a nice jumbotron in the stadium and one outside.

    We actually went into the visitor's clubhouse -- wasn't impressed.

    As for the parking situation, that's going to be a catastrophe. They have four garages by surrounding this stadium. One hour after the game was over it took me more than 20 minutes to get out of the garage. And that's with a crowd of 10,000. I cringe when there is 38,000 and a sell out. And the parking spaces aren't exactly wide and it's one way all the way through so you are going to have I am guessing a number of accidents in those garage, at least in the beginning. They would have been served having the parking situation like the 'Canes did and let folks park down the street if they have to. Just my opinion. I hope they do some stuff to spruce the place up because it just looked bland to me. I am sure the fans will go as long as they win -- if they start losing -- people will stop going. It's Miami - what else do you expect?

    Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat - A Fan Again - rudyinsidetheu@gmail.com

  • And the 'Canes need to find someone to finish a game in the ninth....just can't keep losing like that....that can be a confidence crusher.

    Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat - A Fan Again - rudyinsidetheu@gmail.com

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