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Sept. 26, 1998: How sweep it is
The Marlins recorded nearly 4% of their win total (54) during their 1998 season in one day thanks to the first and only doubleheader sweep on a pair of walk-off victories in franchise history. Trailing, 3-1, in the eighth inning of the matinee, Brian Daubach collected an RBI double for his first MLB hit and Dave Berg knocked the game-tying sacrifice fly against Curt Schilling. Berg was the hero in the 10th, driving in Luis Castillo with an RBI double. Alex Gonzalez belted the game-winning homer off Ricky Bottalico just over the left-field scoreboard to break a scoreless deadlock in the 13th frame of the nightcap. The clubs closed out the season by splitting another doubleheader the following day, making up additional games postponed due to Hurricane Georges.
April 23, 1993: Hoffman notches first save
Hall of Fame closer Trevor Hoffman went into Cooperstown with a Padres cap on his plaque. But did you know that the first of his 601 saves came with the Marlins? Hoffman, who made his MLB debut two weeks earlier, was tasked with cementing a 6-5 victory over the Braves. Following a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt, Hoffman induced a pair of flyouts to secure the save at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The righty, whom the Marlins selected eighth from the Reds in the 1992 Expansion Draft, made 18 more appearances for Florida before being dealt along with Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez to San Diego for Gary Sheffield and Rich Rodriguez.
Aug. 26, 1998: Quite a quartet
"What a comeback this would be," TV analyst Tommy Hutton said; little did he know when he uttered those words just how prophetic they would be. Trailing 6-0 with three outs to go against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Marlins' Derrek Lee, Cliff Floyd and Kevin Orie went back-to-back-to-back -- the first time in franchise history -- against John Frascatore to slice the deficit in half. Following a groundout, Luis Castillo and Dave Berg reached base to set up pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay's game-tying three-run homer off Jeff Brantley. It marked the only time in Marlins history that they had gone deep four times in an inning, and it stole some of the spotlight from Mark McGwire's 54th tater during his record-setting 70-homer season. The Marlins secured the 7-6 win thanks to Randy Knorr's RBI double in the 10th.
July 28, 2002: Marlins turn first triple play in club history
One of the rarest baseball feats is the triple play, which relies heavily on circumstance and luck. The Marlins have turned just one triple play in franchise history, which came in the third inning of a 4-1 loss to the Expos at Olympic Stadium. With a pair of runners on the move in a tie ballgame, future Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero lined a pitch from Julian Tavarez right at third baseman Mike Lowell, who tagged lead runner Brad Wilkerson. After pausing to see the trail runner, Jose Vidro, near second, he threw to first for the final out of the inning. It had to be satisfying for Lowell -- he grounded into a triple play during the 2000 season. Guerrero, meanwhile, tossed his batting helmet and bat in frustration.
June 21, 2002: Castillo's chase for DiMaggio continues
Luis Castillo was a staple near the top of the Marlins' order for years. During his first All-Star season in 2002, he recorded a 35-game hit streak -- the longest ever for a foreign-born MLB player. The speedy second baseman made history when his liner deflected off of Tigers right-hander Steve Sparks' glove and landed behind the mound to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Castillo received a standing ovation from the fans at Pro Player Stadium, and the Marlins went on to win, 4-1. His streak, which ended the next day when he went hitless in four at-bats, is tied for 11th all time.
Sept. 4, 2001: Baby-faced ace debuts
The second overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft, Josh Beckett debuted as a September callup two years later with plenty of buzz. The 21-year-old flamethrower had tossed two scoreless innings, but had yet to record a strikeout, until he caught the Cubs' Joe Girardi looking at a breaking ball to open the third. Beckett fanned five across six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in the Marlins' 8-1 win at Pro Player Stadium. The right-hander, who went on to become the World Series hero in 2003, recorded 1,901 strikeouts in his 14-year MLB career. Girardi later led the 2006 Marlins and won the NL Manager of the Year Award in his only season with the club.
Sept. 12, 1998: A flawless frame
Not much went right during the Marlins' 108-loss season in 1998, but something went right for Jesus Sanchez when he made franchise history during the third inning of a 6-5 win over the Braves at Turner Field. The rookie southpaw struck out Tony Graffanino, Greg Maddux and Walt Weiss on nine pitches to record the Marlins' first and only immaculate inning. That sequence was part of a stretch of seven consecutive K's -- then a club record -- for Sanchez, who effectively mixed his offerings. The 23-year-old picked up the victory, fanning 10 batters and giving up five runs over seven innings.
July 13, 1993: Sheffield slugs Marlins' first ASG homer
Gary Sheffield is in his eighth year of Hall of Fame candidacy, so why not show some love for the slugger with 509 career home runs? A nine-time All-Star, Sheffield hit third behind Barry Bonds for the National League in the 1993 Midsummer Classic. He wasted no time making an impact, pulling an elevated pitch from lefty Mark Langston over the left-field wall for a two-run homer in the first All-Star at-bat for a Marlin. The NL went on to lose to the American League, 9-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Sheffield, whom the club had acquired from the Padres in a trade 19 days prior, finished the first of six seasons in South Florida with a 125 OPS+.
May 17, 1998: Piazza the Marlin
Mike Piazza was one of the all-time greatest catchers thanks to his days with the Dodgers and Mets. In between those tenures came a five-game stint with the Marlins during their forgettable 1998 season. After producing a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in his club debut, Piazza knocked an RBI single past a diving shortstop in his first at-bat the following day. His hit against lefty Kent Mercker scored '97 World Series hero Edgar Renteria in an eventual 13-4 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium II. Piazza tallied four more hits for the Marlins before being dealt to the Mets for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz on May 22, 1998.
June 1, 2004: He's here, he's there, he's everywhere
Marlins fans remember Mike Mordecai for his heroics during the 2003 NLCS against the Cubs, but what about his role as the emergency backstop in '04? With starter Ramon Castro having sustained a season-ending injury, and backup catcher Mike Redmond nursing a bruised right forearm, the Marlins placed Mordecai behind the dish for just the second time in his 12-year career (he had previously caught for one inning). He was the epitome of a super-utility player, appearing at every position except pitcher. In a 7-6 loss to the Reds at Pro Player Stadium, Mordecai didn't commit an error and permitted four stolen bases across eight frames.