Really, yesterday's game was like a variation on a theme of a movie we had seen before. Kinda like watching Top Gun one day then watching Days of Thunder the next. Same movie, different actors in the supporting roles. (I'm sure there are better movie examples, but these came to mind.) Anyway, it always a crowd pleaser when the good guys, after going through trials and turmoil, prevail in the end. Sunday was no different.
In the role of the renowned starter who didn't have his best stuff: Chris Volstad. Volstad left the game and the Marlins were losing 3-2. Enter the bullpen who extended their scoreless innings to 24 before a plot twist -- the defense made an error in the eighth to give the Nationals the lead again.
But I'm getting ahead of myself, the Marlins were down 3-2 in the top of eighth when our hero of the game Cody Ross went yard with an inside fast ball that caught too much of the plate. The Marlins tied the game.
Then the error happened when the infield couldn't turn the double play on an errant throw by Uggla. Now the score was 4-3 in the Nationals favor going into the ninth.
Then the magic happened. Bonifacio actually drew a walk. Baker hit a double to tie the game. (Okay, that part is not out of the ordinary.) Hanley strikes out, Gload is given an intentional walk, Danny strikes out, and the Nationals decide to load the bases by walking Hermida to get to Ross with two outs. Bad idea. Cody goes shopping at the right-field gap and clears the bases for three-run Marlins lead.
Lindstrom comes on and puts the Nationals down in order and the Marlins win. The Open Thread goes wild.
So all in all, just another routine Marlins win.