A day after their game was suspended following three rain delays, the Marlins and Brewers meet on Wednesday to complete that contest and play the finale of the three-game set at Dolphin Stadium.
Florida (5-2) has won nine in a row versus Milwaukee and held a 2-1 lead heading in the ninth inning on Tuesday, but J.J. Hardy tied the score for the Brewers (3-4) with a one-out RBI double off Marlins closer Jorge Julio, who has blown both of his save chances this year.
The teams played one extra inning before going into a third rain delay. Crew chief Doug Eddings suspended the game at 12:03 a.m. - 32 minutes after the final delay began. The clubs will resume the 2-2 game in the 11th inning on Wednesday due to a new major league rule.
Before this year, the contest would have become an official tie game and been replayed from the start.
“It’s a good rule; it makes sense for both teams,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “We’d both be in trouble if they hadn’t changed it. We’re better off picking it up tomorrow in a lot better conditions.”
Yost said right-handed reliever Greg Aquino will be the Brewers’ first pitcher of Wednesday’s continued game. Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’d select his pitcher later on Wednesday, but remained a little baffled by Julio’s struggles.
“I don’t know. I’m not in his head,” Gonzalez said. “The only thing I know is we’re going to keep running him out there.”
The Marlins will hand the ball to Sergio Mitre (0-1, 1.80 ERA) in the series finale, who is 0-0 with a 6.23 ERA in four career relief appearances versus the Brewers. The right-hander, who missed most of last year with right shoulder inflammation, gave up five runs - one earned - in five innings of Friday’s 8-2 defeat to Philadelphia.
The Brewers will counter with Dave Bush (0-1, 9.00), who is trying to bounce back from a 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs in his first start of the season on Friday. The right-hander allowed six runs and six hits in the first inning, before settling down and giving up just two hits over the next five frames.
Bush struggled on the road last season, going 3-7 with a 5.38 ERA as opposed to 9-4 with a 3.53 ERA at home. He gave up six runs and eight hits over five innings in his only career start versus the Marlins, a 6-5 defeat on the road last Aug. 25.
Florida center fielder Alejandro De Aza extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in the seventh inning Tuesday, tying Hanley Ramirez (2006) for the best streak by a Marlins rookie to start a season.
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