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Marlins among comeback kids

Throughout the playoffs, we’ve seen late-inning heroics and thrilling comeback victories.

On Monday, both games were decided by comebacks. Jimmy Rollins provided some two-out, walk-off drama in the ninth inning to rally the Phillies past the Dodgers in Game 4. Rollins lined a two-run double off Jonathan Broxton to lift his team to a 5-4 win.

Earlier in the day, the Angels overcame a three-run deficit and beat the Yankees, also 5-4, in 11 innings when Jeff Mathis came through with a walk-off double.

The Yankees certainly have had their share of clutch hits in the playoffs. In the A.L. Division Series, Alex Rodriguez had a ninth inning homer off Joe Nathan to help rally his team. And A-Rod also went deep in the ninth inning off Brian Fuentes of the Angels to pull the Yankees even in the A.L. Championship Series.

Resiliency, obviously, is a characteristic of a championship-caliber team. That’s why it isn’t shocking that the four teams in their respective League Championshp Series also are the teams that paced the Major Leagues in comeback wins during the regular season.

What many people probably don’t know is the Marlins were fifth in the big leagues in rallying to wins.

The Marlins didn’t wind up in the playoffs, but they did win 87 games. In 41 of those victories, they trailed at some point.

The top five comeback teams in 2009 were:

* Yankees, 51
* Angels, 47
* Phillies, 43
* Dodgers, 42
* Marlins, 41

The Marlins 41 comeback victories is two behind their franchise record.

Florida’s top comeback seasons are:

* 43 in 2008
* 43 in 1997
* 42 in 2007
* 41 in 2009
* 41 in 2000.

The 1997 Marlins, of course, won the World Series, and the 2008 squad finished with 84 wins.

– 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

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