Pirates 3, Marlins 2
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Career minor leaguer Omer Munoz singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Florida Marlins 3-2.
Munoz, 29, has spent nine seasons in the minors as an infielder in the San Francisco, Montreal and Pittsburgh systems, but has never played in a major league game.
``I’m just trying to do what I can to make this club,″ Munoz said. ``I look at it this as a great opportunity. I’ve never had the chance to play in the major leagues. I thought I might get a chance in Montreal a few times. I’m just doing the best I can to make a good impression.″
Paul Perkins pitched a scoreless inning for the the win.
Florida took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning as Tim Clark hit a two-run single. Clark led all of minor league baseball with 126 RBIs in 1993 while playing for Class A High Desert in the California League.
Pittsburgh tied it at 2 in the seventh on Mike Daniel’s two-run double. Daniel was released from Double-A last season by both the Florida and Minnesota organizations.
The crowd was announced at 998, the Pirates’ lowest in eight home dates.