Marlins 1, Nationals 0(10)
Hanley Ramirez used both his offensive and defensive skills to
help the Florida Marlins get a much needed win.
Chad Tracy singled home Ramirez with the winning run in the 10th
inning to help the Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 1-0 on
Tuesday night and break a three-game losing streak.
Ramirez singled with one out off reliever Drew Storen, then
stole second. After Gaby Sanchez drew a walk, Tracy singled to
Roger Bernadina’s throw was on target, but Ramirez slid under
the tag attempt by catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who argued the call
vehemently with home plate umpire Jim Wolf. Rodriguez later
admitted that Ramirez was safe.
”I got in there,” Ramirez said. ”Jim made an unbelievable
call. He got it right.”
It was the ninth walk-off win for the Marlins this season.
The Marlins were fired up after Washington’s Nyjer Morgan was
involved in a violent home plate collision with catcher Brett Hayes
in an unsuccessful attempt to score in the top of the 10th. With
runners on first and second and one out, Adam Kennedy hit a
grounder to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who flipped it to
shortstop Ramirez for the force out at second. Morgan attempted to
score from second on the play. Ramirez threw home and Morgan, who
might have scored had he slid into home, instead collided with
catcher Brett Hayes. Hayes held onto the ball and Morgan was called
out. Hayes remained on the ground for a couple minutes, still
holding onto the ball. Hayes received treatment on his left
shoulder after the game.
”He likes to do that and it’s not good,” Ramirez said. He was
referring to Morgan’s actions last Saturday when he chose to
collide with Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, who didn’t have the
ball, and forgot to touch the plate. Morgan was benched by Nats
manager Jim Riggleman the next day.
”It definitely sparked something in us,” Tracy said. ”We were
upset because we saw Hayes on the ground hurting.”
Morgan didn’t think he did anything questionable.
”It’s just one of those hard plays,” Morgan said. ”The ball
beat me there and I just tried to jar the ball loose.”
Clay Hensley (3-4) picked up the victory for Florida. Storen
(3-3) took the loss in a game that featured stellar pitching
performances by starters Anibal Sanchez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Zimmermann allowed just one hit in six innings – a double by
Gaby Sanchez to lead off the second. He then retired the next 15
batters before leaving after throwing 86 pitches. Zimmerman struck
out a career-high nine.
Tuesday was Zimmermann’s second start since being recalled from
Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 26. He missed 12-plus months following
Tommy John surgery after being named the Nationals’ 2008 Minor
League Pitcher of the Year.
I kept the ball down today. I actually got some fastballs
inside,” Zimmermann said. ”My arm felt good. This is probably the
best I’ve felt in a long time.”
Washington said that pitcher Stephen Strasburg will undergo
Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow on
Friday. Strasburg suffered the injury on Aug. 21.
”He just has to work hard like he’s been doing his whole
career,” Zimmermann said. ”He just has to grind it every day and
keep his head up. The first couple of months are tough but once you
start doing normal activity, like throwing a baseball, time really
flies. You’re going to have some highs and some lows. He just has
to roll with it.”
Anibal Sanchez matched Zimmermann, allowing just three singles
in seven innings while striking out seven.
Notes: Marlins 2B Dan Uggla missed his second straight start
with a strained groin. He had started all 129 previous games this