Youthful lineup prevails
Featuring one of their most inexperienced lineups in years, the Marlins were able to pull out a dramatic walk-off, 1-0, victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Sun Life Stadium.
Florida started four rookies and had six players total with less than three years of MLB service time. In fact, those six players — Cameron Maybin, Emilio Bonifacio, Gaby Sanchez, Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison and Brett Hayes — combined to have 671 games of big league experience.
By comparison, Hanley Ramirez, who is 26-years-old, was playing in his 745th MLB game.
Ramirez took over the game in the 10th inning. First, in the top of the inning, the three-time All-Star made a heads-up play to throw out Nyjer Morgan at home plate.
With two on and one out, Adam Kennedy bounced to Bonifacio at second base. The flip went to Ramirez for the force out at second. Had Ramirez attempted to complete the double play at first, Kennedy would have been safe.
Ramirez held the ball and saw Morgan never stopped running when he rounded third. The throw went home, and Hayes no sooner caught the ball before he was charged into by Morgan. Hayes held on for the out, but in the process injured his left shoulder.
In the 10th, Ramirez took over. He singled, stole second and scored with a great slide on Chad Tracy’s single to left. Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez felt Ramirez was out, and he argued with home plate umpire Jim Wolf. After seeing the replay, Rodriguez apologized to the umpire, noting the call was correct, capping an entertaining night.
– Joe Frisaro
(photo courtesy of Denis Bancroft/Florida Marlins)