Reserve Holaday’s hit helps Marlins beat Brewers in extras
Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto was at the hospital Monday night awaiting the birth of his first child and already celebrating thanks to a big hit by his backup.
Reserve catcher Bryan Holaday singled home a run with one out in the 10th inning for his first career walk-off hit to help the Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3.
Holaday received a text message of congratulations from Realmuto moments after the game.
“He said, ‘No baby yet,”‘ Holaday said. “Maybe that put his wife into labour watching that game.”
Holaday, who came in batting .165, was in the lineup only because the Marlins placed Realmuto on the paternity list before the game.
Jesus Aguilar gave his All-Star candidacy a boost by hitting his NL-leading 23rd homer for Milwaukee.
Miami countered with homers by Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson on consecutive pitches in the seventh. Castro’s homer at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat against Josh Hader made it 2-all, and Anderson put Miami ahead by hitting the first pitch off the home run sculpture in centre field.
Hader had allowed only two homers previously this year.
In a matchup of worst against first, the Marlins ended a streak of five consecutive losses to Milwaukee. Miami has the worst record and Milwaukee the best in the NL.
The Brewers fell to 21-12 in one-run games.
Miguel Rojas was hit by a pitch from Corey Knebel (2-1) with one out in the 10th, Cameron Maybin walked, and both advanced on a double steal with Holaday at the plate.
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