NEW YORK -- The spotless middle relief Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond has been waiting all season to see finally appeared Friday night -- just in time for sure thing closer Steve Cishek to suffer his first blown save in almost 11 months.
Cishek allowed two runs on four hits in the ninth inning, including the two-out, game-winning RBI single by right fielder Curtis Granderson that lifted the New York Mets to a 4-3 win at Citi Field.
The Mets' rally not only ended Cishek's team-record streak of 33 straight saves (dating back to last June 8) but also rendered irrelevant the work of left-hander Dan Jennings and right-hander A.J. Ramos, who preceded Cishek with a perfect inning apiece in relief of starter Henderson Alvarez.
"It was set up perfect tonight," Redmond said. "It just didn't happen tonight."
What happened Friday was the complete opposite of what the Marlins have come to expect this season. Cishek entered Friday with seven scoreless innings under his belt while the rest of the bullpen had combined for a 4.47 ERA in 56 1/3 innings.
Prior to the game, Redmond was so eager to find a reliable option leading up to Cishek that he talked about right-hander Carter Capps -- who posted a 5.49 ERA for Seattle last year and has yet to pitch for the Marlins since being promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday -- in vital late-inning situations.
"I think we just need to keep plugging guys in there and just need somebody to step up and get some big outs," Redmond said. "We've been in a lot of close games, but unfortunately, we've given up some big hits to lose them."
Just not by the most reliable pitcher in the bullpen -- at least until Friday.