Throughout nearly three decades as a franchise, the Florida/Miami Marlins have ended the season with a walk-off win a handful of times. The most notable was Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, followed by Henderson Alvarez’s walk-off no-hitter in 2013.
On this day 15 years ago, the Florida Marlins closed the year with a walk-off win for the second straight season. Jason Wood’s walk-off single was the difference as the Marlins topped the Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings, 3-2.
Despite being just 77-84 entering the final day of the regular season on Oct. 1, 2006, the Marlins had been one of baseball’s better stories. With a roster filled with rookies, the Marlins had been over .500 in mid-September before a late-season slide.
Tied 2-2 through nine innings, reliever Matt Herges had worked two scoreless innings to get Florida to the bottom of the 11th with a chance to win. Facing Philadelphia’s Fabian Castro for a second straight inning, Florida needed just 11 pitches to load the bases.
With the bases full and nobody out, catcher and pinch hitter Paul Hoover had a chance to be the hero, but his grounder to short came home as the Phillies threw out the potential winning run at the plate. That set the stage for Wood.Since entering the game early, Wood had been 0-for-3 on the day. With the count and score even at 2-2, Wood rolled one to short. Danny Sandoval was unable to make a play as Amezaga came into the score the winning run.
On a day where starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis left early with a triceps injury, the Florida bullpen shined. As for Florida, it never trailed in the contest.
Treanor got the scoring started with an RBI single in the second before Sandoval came through with one of his own in the top of the fourth. Dan Uggla’s solo home run in the sixth put the Marlins back in front, but Philadelphia drew even a half-inning later on an RBI single from Ryan Howard.
With the win, Florida finished 78-84 in what would be the final game of the 2006 season and final game with Joe Girardi as manager. It came on this day 15 years ago.