With two outs and the pitcher at bat, that elusive third out evaded Andrew again. Three singles later, the bases were loaded, and Miller hit Chase Utley to score the first run of the game. Things went (even more) downhill from there. By the time he was yanked, Andrew had given up four runs on six hits and four walks.
I knew better than to turn off the TV.
it, and yet the beckoning of my pillow and
binky uh, blanket were far too strong to resist. It
didn’t help that Andrew Miller had been yanked from the game after just 2 2/3 innings, leaving the Fish in a 6-run hole to open their series against the Diamondbacks.
Losing sleep for an exciting
game is one thing. Losing it to watch the Marlins get routed is quite another. Off to bed I went.
Well, then all… heaven broke
loose. Heaven, as in THE BIGGEST INNING IN MARLINS HISTORY and the biggest comeback of the season. The Fish, who were down 7-0 at one point, scored 10
runs in the eighth inning. The go-ahead run came on a pinch-hit, 3-run shot by Brett
Carroll–the first pinch-hit home run of his career.
And I was asleep.
I woke to the news of the Marlins comeback mocking me from my radio, unsure whether to rejoice that they won, or weep bitterly that I missed one of the most exciting innings of all time. I opted for a little of both, but never again will that decision have to be made. Because I don’t intend to miss any more Marlins baseball. Ever.
Tonight, as The Fish get set for game two
against Arizona, I’ll be enjoying a dinner of No Doz, Five Hour Energy
shots and triple espressos, washed down with some Red Bull and perhaps a Monster
Energy drink or two.
Score all the early runs you want, D-Backs,
but I will not be deterred.
I don’t even intend to blink.
While BGA did his thing, Hanley decided that after going 0-for-4 Friday night, he’d had enough of this “no RBI” business. The All Star shortstop jacked the first pitch he saw from Zach Duke, and put the Marlins up 2-0 in the first.
HLD&S EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT
Well it had to happen sometime, I suppose. I mean, did any of us really believe the Marlins would go 161-1? OK, so maybe some of us did. But after Ross Ohlendorf manhandled the Fish through seven innings last night, it would have taken a little more than the usual late-inning heroics the Marlins have been serving up to extend their win streak to 8 games. The Fish opted for nothing even remotely resembling an attempt at heroics, and went quietly into the night. They went quietly. As my neighbors can probably attest, I did not fare so well in the silence department. 8-0, Pirates.