The “Unlikely Source,” as dubbed my Marlins broadcaster Rich Waltz, produced a thrilling Marlin win again on Tuesday night. Anibal Sanchez threw in the high 90s in a pitchers duel as the Fish got the better of Washington.
Jason Marquis pitched a great game for the Nationals, which was plagued by his seventh inning exit leading to Florida tying the game. In the eighth inning, Jayson Werth rocketed a line drive in the eighth off the left field wall. Jerry Hairston Jr. was on first and rounded third at full speed before Bo Porter put the brakes on him. Hairston’s turn was too large, and was tagged out in a rundown as a result.
Ultimately, the game went into extra innings. Werth dropped a pop fly in right field in the bottom half of the tenth. This allowed Omar Infante, the soon-to-be winning run, to reach base. The Marlins loaded the bases with no outs, and figured out a way to make the inning all too suspenseful. Logan Morrison popped out to shallow right for the first out, and John Buck struck out for number two. The Nationals were one out away from getting out of the jam, but Murphy lined a single to left field for the walk-off winner.
Ryan Zimmerman and Logan Morrison both homered. The teams square off again Wednesday and Thursday.