There was no resignation in the Marlins in their four games with the Giants.
At least that's what they would let you believe after overcoming a deficit for the fourth day in a row. The only difference is that Thursday's result – a 6-3 loss to the Giants in 16 innings – was not in his favor.
After returning from behind once again, the Marlins finally ran out of fuel by losing what was tied for the fifth longest game in team history.
"For four consecutive games we have been fighting, scratching, re-entering," said outfielder JB Shuck, who led the Marlins with four hits on Thursday. "We did not give up, unfortunately, we could not win that."
After the Marlins tied for the ninth inning, teams battled in the inning without allowing runs after the inning without allowing runs before the Giants scored three runs on the field. 16th against Eieser Hernández to avoid a sweep of four games.
Pablo Sandoval's single with base in Hernandez broke the deadlock and annulled one more offer from the Marlins to recover from a deficit and win.
Having exhausted his bullpen, manager Don Mattingly had no choice but to leave Hernandez on the mound and expect him to hold on as long as he could. Hernandez gave him four innings without allowing runs before getting rid in the 16.
"I was a little lost, and was trying to find me throughout the inning," Hernandez said.
Hernandez could have won it himself with the hitting in the 13th when Giants manager Brian Bochy, knowing that the Marlins had exhausted all his position players, had Starlin Castro walk intentionally to load the bases and bring Hernandez, a pitcher who does not have a major league hit.
Hernandez made contact, bouncing a high hopper towards the mound. But the relief of the Giants, Ty Blach, approached to grab and throw to the first one for the end of the entrance.
"Batting is difficult, but I had the chance to win the game," said Hernandez. "I thought I had a chance."
After winning three straight victories to push the Giants to the verge of being swept, the Marlins had to settle for a series victory before departing on a three-city trip to Baltimore, San Francisco and Denver.
The Marlins won the first three games of the series after losing in each. On Thursday, they fell 3-0 in the second inning and lost 3-2 in the ninth when the Marlins took a rest on the fielding error of second baseman Joe Panik. Panik dropped the ball on Castro's pop fly along the right-field line for a two-base error.
Castro advanced to third base in one touch and scored with Lewis Brinson's sacrifice fly, sending the game to extra innings. And he kept Dereck Rodriguez from recording the victory for the Giants with his father, Pudge Rodriguez, watching from a front row seat behind the plate all afternoon.
The 26-year-old rookie and graduated Monsignor Pace High School, who was making his third start in the major leagues, had a solid performance, coming out in the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead.
The Giants jumped to a 3-0 lead in Andrew McCutchen's two-run race in the first and Mac Williamson's in the second, both connecting Dan Straily.
JT Riddle's home run with Rodriguez in the fifth and Bryan's double-producer Holaday in the seventh brought the Marlins into a race. Then came the Marlins' dirty run out of Hunter Strickland in the ninth.
The Giants had the opportunity to take the lead in the eleventh when Brandon Crawford attempted to score from AEL Hanson's double from first base. But Castro took over from Shuck and threw it on the plate, where Holaday applied the label.
The Marlins had the winning race in third place with one out in the 15th. But Justin Bour landed on a double final play.
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The Marlins are expected to place Caleb Smith on the duel list on Friday, which would create space on the roster for right-hander Brett Graves. .
Graves was selected in the draft of Rule 5 for the Marlins in December and must be placed on the list for Saturday or return to the Oakland Athletics, his original club.
Mattingly said that Graves would be used outside the bullpen.
Smith is expected to return for his next scheduled start. The Marlins are also expected to select right-handed reliever Ben Meyer for Triple A New Orleans, which would leave one more opening to fill.
Holaday extended his run of throwing runners trying to steal nine in a row on Thursday when he threw Williamson in the second.
The Major League record of 12 straight runners caught by a receiver is shared by Mike LaValliere (1993) and José Molina (2008).