Quebecer Charles Leblanc managed to hit a hit in his third game in the majors, which did not prevent his team, the Marlins, from losing the flag 3 to 1 against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday night, in Miami.
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As a child, the Laval resident surely dreamed of showing up at bat late in the game to give his team victory in the major leagues. This is exactly what happened on Monday night.
He had a golden opportunity, late in the 9th inning, to win the Marlins by coming to the plate with two runners on the trails as his team trailed by two runs.
The cameras of the Marlins broadcaster were also often riveted to the members of his family in the stands, they who struggled, in a sympathetic way, to hide their stress.
After seeing the excellent Hunter Strickland serve him two strikes, Leblanc made the suspense last by refusing to venture on two balls outside the strike zone.
He finally hit a groundout to third baseman Brandon Drury, who decided to put it to 2nd base to end the game.
But Drury had forgotten that the Marlins had inserted Billy Hamilton as a backup runner.
So he beat the relay and Leblanc reached the first base.
It was therefore mission accomplished for the Quebecer who kept his team alive, before his teammate Joey Wendle was retired after him.
In total, the 26-year-old Leblanc has singled in four plate appearances.
For their part, the Reds were propelled by the excellent performance of starter Hunter Greene (4-12).
In six innings of work, he allowed only one hit and passed eight rivals in the mitt.
He thus became the first freshman in modern major league history to have three games where he pitched at least six innings, struck out at least eight opponents, and allowed no more than one strike in lieu. sure.
Offensively, the winners took a 2-0 lead thanks to a double from Albert Almora Jr. in the second period. Jonathan India produced the Ohio club's other success with a single in the seventh.
Leblanc and the Marlins will have the opportunity to return to winning ways on Tuesday, in the second meeting of a series of three against the Cincinnati Reds.
– With Jean-Nicolas Blanchet