I enjoy a blow out in my teams favor as much as the next guy, but there is something to be said about a close game too. Saturday’s Marlins game was a blow out; today’s game well… welcome to this edition of The Good, The Great, and The Walk-Off! Let’s jump into the quick recap— The Good: The Marlins win 6-2; The Great: The 9th inning; and The Walk-Off: Can you say Jeff Mathis?
Without further ado, let’s jump into the game.
On the day where the Marlins celebrated being in the League for 20 years, where Marlins players of the past came and celebrated with the fans, the Marlins win 6-2! This win guarantees that the Marlins will not lose this series. While the day started out well, the only way it could get better is if the Marlins go into the 9th inning tied and something amazing happened. Oh wait.
This game was close all the way to the end. As we enter the bottom of the 9th, we were all tied up with the Padres 2-2. Logan Morrison started the inning with a leadoff walk. After that came Marcell Ozuna who singled to left field moving Logan to 2nd base. The next batter was Derek Dietrich, who doubled back in the fourth to score our two runs. Maybe lighting will strike twice and we can end this game? Derek popped to the right fielder, but that moved Logan to 3rd base. The winning run is 90 feet away, and up comes Greg Dobbs. Oh man, I can feel the win coming. My anticipation is held a bit longer as the Padres decide to walk Greg, setting up the final moment.
Up comes Jeff Mathis, who this season is batting a low .129, with only 7 RBI, and 1 HR. A sac fly will win this game for us, but a double play will end it sending us into extra. The first pitch was a ball… come on Jeff all we need is a sac… BANG! The second pitch was a screaming fly over the left field wall. A WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM! The Marlins win!! That’s not it, though, as Jeff Mathis became a part of Marlins’ history. That home run was the Marlins’ 3,000 home run ever! What a way to end the 20th celebration!
All these memories of the Marlins over the last 20 years show that the Marlins can and will be on top of baseball again. We as fans just need to keep the faith and cheer these young Marlins on! As always, until next… Let’s Go Fish!