Cat in the outfield steals the show at Miami Marlins game

The cat then ran away as it climbed up a nearby screen before finding a spot to rest on the stadium's home run sculpture.

A gray cat snuck its way onto the field and made its way into the Marlins Park Home Run sculpture during the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Braves causing a brief delay.

Atlanta will counter with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.50 ERA), who will be making his first start at Marlins Park since September 25. Every time I went on defense, I looked up there and the cat was hiding its head. "Outstanding!" said one Major League Baseball announcer as the cat leapt onto a chainlink fence and scaled the wall effortlessly.

Two innings later, with Colon still on the mound, Miami hung another three-spot, this time courtesy of a Marcell Ozuna three-run, opposite field bomb. On the other side, the Marlins are 2-5 in their last seven home games and have dropped 15 of their last 22 games after scoring two runs or less in their previous contest. And in a 162-game season, not much you do in the first 30 days will have a long-term effect on where you wind up in late September.

"I said something like, 'I know you still love me, '" Straily said. "I was hoping it wasn't black". "We don't want that situation on our hands". "He's a talented kid", Marlins manager Don Mattingly said before the game, adding that the hitting coaches are working on helping Ozuna avoid the fluctuation of slumps and streaks that have marked his career. "We've talked about him hitting 50 doubles, and to me he hits 30 homers by mistake". It ran. I just let it go. "The first thing, I was thinking, bad luck", Ozuna said.

Marlins: 3B Martin Prado (right hamstring) is scheduled to begin a four-day rehabilitation assignment Wednesday with Class A Jupiter.

  • Stacy Allen