PHOENIX -- Greetings from the desert, where the Marlins will wrap up their series with Arizona this afternoon (3:40 p.m. EST). In case you missed it, Marcell Ozuna came through for the Marlins in a big way in last night's ninth inning, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with one swing of the bat.
Ozuna connected on Addison Reed's 2-2 fastball with two outs in the ninth to put the Marlins on top.
It marked the first time in Marlins history that a player hit a home run to give the team the lead after being out out away from a shutout loss. Ozuna also became the first player to drive in the game-tying and game-winning runs on a two-strike, two-out home run in the 9th since Mike Lowell did it June 28, 2003, at Boston's Fenway Park. Lowell hit a 3-run homer to overcome a 9-7 deficit.
Ozuna now has 15 homers, owns a 14-game hitting streak, and has the 10th-best WAR (wins above replacement) figure in the National League.
Following a successful outing Tuesday for Single A Jupiter, the Marlins are sending Brad Penny to Triple A New Orleans for his next start on Sunday.
Penny, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012, went six innings in what was his second start for Jupiter. He allowed two runs on three hits, striking out two and issuing no walks.
The plan calls for Penny to make at least two starts for New Orleans before the Marlins decide whether to bring him up. Penny has a July 31 out clause in his minor league contract that allows him to sign with another organization if he isn’t on the Marlins’ roster by then.
At the moment, the Marlins have only four starters on the roster and don't need a fifth until July 22. If Penny continues on a normal pitching schedule, he could be available to the Marlins on July 23.