CHICAGO -- Lost amid the offensive struggles this season has been the fact the Marlins haven't been productive at stealing bases. They came into Monday's game with only 10 swipes on the season, one more than the Baltimore Orioles who ranked last in baseball with nine.
Monday night, though, the Fish made up for their lack of speed in a big way. They swiped four bases -- including Cody Ross' steal of home -- to manufacture offense late in a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Cubs. Ross became the first Marlin to swipe home since Reggie Abercrombie did it at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2006. The steal of home was only the ninth in team history. And it could end up providing a lift in more than just one game.
"Maybe it was the little spark we needed," said Ross, whose two steals Monday were his first two steals of the season and first since Sept. 10 of last year. "... It's something maybe we needed. We've been playing bad lately. It was a good win for us."
After sneaking into home just in front of catcher Geovany Soto's tag, Ross hopped up and slammed his hands together. It set of a pretty big celebration on the Marlins' bench and a lot of "hard hand-slapping" according to Ross.
Let's see if it carries over to Tuesday. The Marlins haven't scored a run in the first five innings of their last seven games and have fallen behind in their last 10.