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Hermida's game-changing catch

Lost in all the late-inning commotion of the Marlins’ 12-3 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon was a game-changing catch by Jeremy Hermida in the first inning.

The play was one of the biggest of the game.

Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson labored in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and Shane Victorino walked.

Chase Utley worked a nine-pitch at-bat off Johnson, and he was retired on a long fly ball that Cody Ross ran down in deep center field. Rollins tagged and moved to third.

With runners on the corners, Ryan Howard laced a long drive to right. Initially, it looked as if it would smack off the wall for extra bases. But Hermida raced back, jumped, and made a leaping catch. The ball snowconed in the top of his glove, but replays indicated that it was a catch.

Victorino, thinking the ball was trapped off the wall, rounded second. Rollins tagged and scored, but Hermida’s throw to Jorge Cantu at first base doubled-up Victorino, ending the inning. Victorino argued that the ball wasn’t caught, but the inning ended with the Phillies scoring one run, instead of at least three.

“I caught it, right against the wall,” Hermida said. “It was the top of my glove. I felt I caught it. It was kind of tough to see, but it never did hit the wall.”

Victorino’s frustrations boiled over in the seventh inning when he was ejected by home plate umpire Ed Rapuano for disputing balls and strikes. The twist to Victorino’s ejection was the fact he was standing in center field while Wes Helms was at the plate.

Hermida’s defensive gem was one of three double plays that helped Johnson improve his record to 11-2.

“That was one of those first innings again where you are trying to find outs any way you can,” Johnson said. “[Hermida] made a great catch. It was a great play. It did get me settled down to get into a groove.”

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins wild, tense seventh

A series of wild events and timely hitting punctuated the Marlins’ six-run seventh inning on Sunday.

There was tension right off the bat in the frame when home plate umpire Ed Rapuano ejected Shane Victorino, who was standing in center field. Victorino was tossed when Rapuano called an 0-2 pitch by Rodrigo Lopez a ball with Wes Helms at the plate.

Throwing his arms up in disgust in center field, Rapuano tossed the All-Star outfielder. Victorino charged toward Rapuano, and he to be restrained by his teammates. Ryan Howard did his part keeping his teammate from the umpire.

Jayson Werth replaced Victorino in center field. The Marlins went on to send 10 to the plate, scoring six runs, all with two outs.

Chris Coghlan had a two-run single with the bases loaded, but three runners scored when Werth misplayed the ball, allowing Coghlan to reach third.

Hanley Ramirez ripped a two-run double, giving him 160 two-base hits for his career. That’s sixth most in franchise history.

Phillies fans repeatedly booed Rapuano’s calls during the inning, and chanted: “Victorino!”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam by striking out Howard looking.

Howard took a full-count pitch, called a strike by Rapuano. Howard wasn’t happy with the call.

— Joe Frisaro


Bonifacio to apologize

Given a night to simmer down, Emilio Bonifacio said on Saturday that he plans to apologize to umpire Ed Rapuano.

In the heat of the moment on Friday night, Bonifacio slammed his helmet beyond first base in the ninth inning after Rapuano called him out on a close call.

Leading off the inning, Bonifacio hit the ball hard, and first baseman James Loney made a nice diving stop. Loney flipped to pitcher Jonathan Broxton, who was covering first. TV replays seemed to show Bonifacio’s foot touched the base first, although it was very close.

In disgust, Bonifacio spiked his helmet, drawing an equipment fine.

“I’m going to tell him I’m sorry,” Bonifacio said before Saturday’s game.

After seeing the replay, Bonifacio says he felt he was safe.

The Marlins lost 6-4 on Friday, and had Bonifacio been ruled safe, it may have changed the outcome. Broxton walked Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez, putting the tying runs on base with no outs. Yet, the Dodgers closer was able to seal the victory.

“We had two runners on,” Bonifacio said. “It was frustrating.”

Bonifacio says he has never thrown his helmet like that before.

What disturbed manager Fredi Gonzalez is a fan threw a big cup, filled with a drink, onto the field. The cup landed near first base.

“That, for me, shouldn’t happen,” Gonzalez said. “You have a chance to hurt someone.”

— Joe Frisaro