Miami Marlins Lock Down National League Wild-Card Spot, Clinch Playoff Berth for First Time in Two Decades
By espn.com // October 2, 2023
first playoff berth since 2003
(ESPN.COM) – The Miami Marlins’ improbable September push will carry into October. Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit his 19th home run, Josh Bell delivered a late two-run double and the Marlins clinched the fourth playoff berth in franchise history with a 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
Miami locked down one of the two remaining National League wild-card spots behind Chisholm’s drive, a dash of small ball and another lockdown performance by a bullpen that has carried a sizable share of the load over the past month.
A.J. Puk (7-5) and seven other relievers kept the Pirates in check, rendering any scoreboard-watching pointless.
“I feel like we’re just the biggest family in the league,” Chisholm said in a giddy postgame clubhouse. “I feel like nobody is as connected as us as a team. I feel like when someone gets going, everybody gets going. That’s the plan here and we’re just family and we’re coming in together.”
Miami began the day with its magic number whittled to one following another late comeback victory on Friday night.
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