Marlins take two of three from the Nats
The Marlins took two out of a three game series against the Nationals with two games needing extra frames to determine the winner.
It took ten innings for the Marlins to put the Nats away on Tuesday night. Logan Morrison hit his second home run of the season in the second inning to tie the score at one all. In the third inning unofficial team captain Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run of the season to give the Nationals a two to one lead. After a game tying sacrifice fly by Greg Dobbs in the seventh the two teams were headed to extra innings.
Drew Storen was on the mound for the Nats in the tenth inning. Omar Infante lead off the tenth and reached on an error by Jayson Werth in right field. Infante would then reach second on a wild pitch and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked. Gaby Sanchez would single to load the bases. The Nats then made a call to the bull pen and brought in left hander Sean Burnett. Burnett was able to set Morrison and John Buck down in order. Donnie Murphy then singled for a walk off, two out, game winning RBI. Murphy’s hit was the Marlins’ first with runners in scoring position in eleven tries.
Wednesday night’s game was no less intense while the Marlins had to come back from a four run deficit. Chris Volstad started on the mound for the fish but would not factor into the decision after surrendering three earned runs in five innings pitched. Brian Sanches picked up the win while Chad Gaudin was pegged with the loss. Leo Nunez came in to pick up his first save of the season after pitching a one hit ninth inning. John Buck lead the Marlins with three RBI’s while going 2-5 at the plate with a bases loaded triple in the fifth to tie the game at four all. The Marlins would go on to win 7-4. Ian Desmond lead the Nationals at the dish while going 2-4 and collecting two RBI’s.
The series finale would end in extra innings but this time the Nationals would come out on top. The Marlins jumped out to a two run lead early in the first. The Nats would come back though with Jayson Werth hitting his first home run since signing his highly publicized contract with the Nationals. Adam LaRoche would deliver the final blow with what would be the game winning two run home run in the eleventh inning. Edward Mujica was the losing pitcher for the Marlins after giving up the home run to LaRoche. Todd Coffey received the win with Sean Burnett picking up his second save for the Nats.
The Nationals relief pitchers combined for six scoreless innings. The demise of the Marlins seems to be their lack of production with runners in scoring position after going one for eleven.
NOTES: The attendance at Sun Life Stadium on Thursday was officially 10,696 however to look at the empty seats in the stadium it was obviously less. Despite the production from the Marlins people in Miami just don’t seem to care about major league baseball. If the stadium is this empty on opening week I will hate to see what it looks like in September.
By Winston Meadows
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