Chad Wallach saved his best for Marlins last home game

Miami Marlins catcher Chad Wallach made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds last year but waited until the last home game of the 2018 season to hit his first career home run.

Ironically, the rookie’s three-run dinger came against the Reds in a 6-0 win. Wallach finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He has played 13 games this season and went 7-for-41.

“It was a blast,” Wallach said. “I think when it actually went out, I kind of blacked out and I was just running around the bases. I didn’t know what was going on, but it was a good feeling.”

With the win, the rebuilding Marlins avoid 100-loss season. With the Marlins now at 62 wins, 100 losses seems very unlikely with six more games to go —  seven if their game against the Pirates that was rained out in Pittsburgh on Sept. 9 ends up being to be made up on October 1. With both teams out of the playoff race, the game will likely not be made up and at worst case scenario, the Marlins will finish at 62-99.

“No matter what, we knew what we were kind of embarking on this year, with a lot of the changes,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “The new direction of the club, under the new ownership. You understand all that. Still, the losses add up, and those are hard to deal with. But I’ve been proud of the guys. I’ve felt they’ve continued to play hard and continued to give you the effort, and that’s not easy to do when you’re taking that many losses on the chin.”

The only two Marlins teams that have lost 100 or more games are the 1998 post-World Series team that went 54-108 and the 2013 team that finished 62-100. Both teams were in the beginning stage of their rebuilding phase and improvement was noticeable the next season.


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