If you just looked at the box score, no bad beat would pop out in the Yankees’ 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.
After Miami tied the game at one in the bottom of the fifth, neither team scored until Miguel Andujar’s game-winning sac fly in the 12th inning. It sounds like a standard low-scoring affair, but this game featured many dramatic moments for bettors.
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You have to dig deeper sometimes to find the torture bettors endure during a game. Not all bad beats are created equal.
It’s what didn’t happen that really hurt Fish backers — all 21% of them — on Tuesday night. Let’s just say that Derek Jeter’s clutch gene hasn’t rubbed off on his team just yet.
In the bottom of the ninth, J.T. Realmuto, one of the few legit Marlins, led off with a walk. After a Miami single and strikeout, the Yankees decided to issue an intentional walk to load the bases with one out.
New York now had a force at every base, but a simple fly ball would send Miami bettors home with a nice +190 winner. Even a properly placed grounder would get the job done, but, alas, a fellow named Austin Dean went down swinging. Another J.T., this one a Riddle, then grounded out to push the game into extras.
Fast-forward to the bottom of the 11th: Brian Anderson began the inning with a walk, which once again had Miami bettors sitting up in their seats. That excitement increased after Derek Dietrich singled to put men on the corners with no outs.
The Yankees decided, what the hell, might as well intentionally load the bases again. The Marlins now had the bases loaded with zero outs with another brilliant chance for a walk-off win. Even after a grounder and subsequent force out at home, Miami still had the bases jacked with only one out.
The Riddler (J.T.) stepped up next with a shot at redemption.
Unfortunately for Marlins bettors, he didn’t end up as happy as Jim Carrey. Mighty Riddle and his .663 OPS struck out for the second out. Miami bettors then watched all hope disappear when Magneuris Sierra popped out to end the inning.
Miami wouldn’t get another opportunity to strand the bases loaded, as the Yankees scored in the top of the 12th. New York then got the save even after Aroldis Chapman left with an injury.
The Marlins finished 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, with 10 men left on base. Up in his owner’s box, Jeter may have chuckled. Miami bettors certainly did not.