Marlins 16, Nationals 10
Nyjer Morgan once again found himself in the middle of
The speedy Washington leadoff man charged the mound after a
pitch sailed behind him Wednesday night, triggering a
bench-clearing brawl during the Florida Marlins’ 16-10 win over the
”There’s nothing good I can say about someone who doesn’t play
the game the right way and doesn’t respect the integrity of the
game,” said Wes Helms, who drove in five runs for Florida. ”We
had to show we weren’t going to put up with how he was treating
Morgan, recently suspended and criticized by his own manager for
questionable acts on the field, left Florida catcher Brett Hayes
with a separated shoulder Tuesday night after a home plate
collision in the 10th inning.
Chris Volstad (9-9) hit Morgan with a pitch in the fourth inning
this time. Morgan then stole two bases with his Nationals trailing
”It’s only the fourth inning, there’s still a lot of game
left,” Morgan said. ”If they are going to hold me on, I’m going
to roll out.”
Volstad threw his first pitch of the sixth behind Morgan,
setting off a wild scene. Morgan took a big swing that appeared to
graze Volstad’s face – Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez
clothes-lined Morgan, knocking off his batting helmet and sending
him to the ground.
”I thought it was over after (the fourth inning), but once I
saw the ball go right behind me, it’s time to go,” Morgan said
”Once is good enough, but twice, no, it’s time to go.”
And go he went.
”I saw him running out. Obviously he’s not coming out there to
talk,” said Volstad, who had an abrasion on his right cheek as a
result of the melee.”
”I was just trying to defend myself and not get hurt. Gaby had
my back, the whole team had my back,” he said.
The teams piled up, and managers Jim Riggleman of the Nationals
and Edwin Rodriguez of the Marlins jawed at each other.
”My feeling has always been if you hit somebody, then you did
what you set out to do. Now if he decides to run on you, that’s his
business,” Riggleman said about Morgan’s steals. ”I got no
problem with that and we decide when we run. The Florida Marlins
will not decide when we run, we decide when we run.”
Morgan, Volstad, Rodriguez and Marlins pitcher Jose Veras were
ejected. Morgan was loudly booed when he raised his arms as he was
escorted off the field.
Morgan is currently appealing a seven-game suspension for
throwing a ball at a fan in the stands in Philadelphia on Aug.
Last Saturday night, Morgan collided with St. Louis catcher
Bryan Anderson, who had stepped a foot or two in front of the
plate. Riggleman later called Morgan’s actions
”I have nothing to say about Morgan – that’s their problem,”
Washington reliever Doug Slaten and Riggleman were ejected after
Sanchez was hit with a pitch with two outs in the seventh. Four
batters were hit overall.
”They made the decision to throw at Nyjer – they did and then
the question is do we throw at them,” Riggleman said. ”I got some
of my veteran players together and said, ‘It’s your ballclub, if
you want someone getting thrown at, I’ll order it right now,’ and
everybody said, ‘No, it’s over.’ That being the case, when they
threw at him a second time, then it’s not over.”
Helms had three hits in the Marlins’ highest-scoring game since
scoring 17 against Colorado on July 4, 2008. Mike Stanton, Brad
Davis and Cameron Maybin homered for Florida.
Logan Morrison and Hanley Ramirez each scored three times
through the first three innings as the Marlins took a 14-3 lead.
Florida scored five runs in the first, five more in the second and
four times in the third.
Scott Olsen (3-8) lasted just 1 2-3 innings while losing his
sixth straight start. He allowed nine runs and eight hits.
Craig Stammen relieved Olsen and was greeted by Stanton’s 15th
Morgan scored on Ian Desmond’s short sacrifice fly in the
fourth. Second baseman Donnie Murphy fell to the ground after
catching the ball in short right-center and left the game with a
dislocated right wrist.
Davis led off the Florida fourth with his first career home
NOTES: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman (right hip) was not in the
lineup. ”He’s a little tender,” said Riggleman, who added
Thursday’s off-day will give Zimmerman a two-day rest. … Morgan’s
two steals increased his season total to 33. … Marlins 2B Dan
Uggla (right groin strain) was not in the lineup for the third
straight game. … LHP Andrew Miller will start in place of Ricky
Nolasco on Friday against Atlanta. Nolasco (torn medial meniscus)
likely is done for the season.