Two days, two extra-inning wins for the Marlins in Grapefruit League action.
On Friday, it was outfielder Mike Stanton who came up with the big hit, a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give Florida a win over the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie. Cameron Maybin had led off the inning with a double. Stanton, universally recognized as one of the two or three best prospects in baseball, is likely ticketed for Double-A Jacksonville to start the year.
On Saturday, Hector Luna delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Luna hit .357 for Albuquerque last season, and would find himself in a Zephyrs uniform if he doesn’t make the big club. Jai Miller had two hits and a stolen base. Clay Hensley, who finished last season pitching as well as anybody on the New Orleans staff, tossed three scoreless innings and recorded four strikeouts. Brett Sinkbeil came on and surrendered three runs in the sixth inning.
Logan Morrison is 1-for-8 so far in his battle for the first base job with Gaby Sanchez, who is 1-for-4.
The Marlins and Cardinals meet again on Sunday, with Sean West getting the start for Florida. Andrew Miller is also scheduled to pitch two innings.