The St. Louis Cardinals are consistently finding ways to lose, and their disappointing season took another turn for the worse on Wednesday night. A brutal error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the Miami Marlins to score the tying and winning runs.

Credit to St. Louis for their comeback from a 5-0 deficit and taking the lead in the ninth inning. However, it’s clear that how you start doesn’t guarantee victory.

Jordan Hicks on the mound

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks stands on the mound with teammates during the ninth inning of the Marlins game, Wednesday, July 5, 2023, in Miami. (NYNNC)

Closer Jordan Hicks had the opportunity to close the game in the ninth inning, but a crucial error cost the Cardinals the win. With a first-and-second, one-out situation, Hicks mishandled a low-and-away fastball. When he picked up the ball, he made a poor throw to first base, resulting in the tying and winning runs for the Marlins.

Marlins celebrate win

Marlins right fielder Jesus Sanchez celebrates as first baseman Yuli Gurriel scores the winning run at loanDepot Park in Miami, July 5, 2023. (Sam Navarro-USA Today Sports)


With the error occurring in shallow right field, the Marlins’ Garrett Hampson easily scored from second to tie the game. Yuli Gurriel then scored the winning run since the ball was in a no-man’s land with no play at the plate.

“For us, we have to be able to close out that game,” said Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol. “We continue to give up too many runs to win at the big league level. That needs to improve quickly.”

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