Hermida hitting sixth

Saturday marked the first time this season that Jeremy Hermida hit in the second hole. It paid off as he connected on two dramatic homers. His two-run shot in the ninth sent the game to extra innings, and, his three-run drive in the 11th won it for Florida.

The reason Hermida was hitting second, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, was because he wanted to hit Ronny Paulino higher in the order. Paulino had good numbers off Nationals lefty Scott Olsen, so Gonzalez placed Paulino in the sixth spot.

That move also paid off as Paulino hit a two-run homer off Olsen in the second inning.

On Sunday, Hermida was back in his familiar sixth spot.

The lineup in the series finale with the Nationals was: Boni, Baker, Hanley, Gload, Uggla, Hermida, Ross, Amezaga (CF) and Volstad.

— Joe Frisaro


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