National League Game Summary - Washington at Miami
(Saturday, July 13th)
Final Score: Miami 2, Washington 1 (10 innings)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ed Lucas beat out a potential inning-ending
double-play grounder to score Adeiny Hechavarria from third in the bottom
of the 10th to cap a Miami Marlins' 2-1 comeback victory against the
Steve Cishek (3-4) was credited with the win for the Marlins. The right-hander
pitched his way out of the 10th inning after putting runners on second
and third with one out.
The Marlins loaded the bases on Craig Stammen (4-4) in the bottom
half. Hechavarria grounded to third and reached second base on a throwing
error by Nats third baseman Chad Tracy. Jeff Mathis then walked and Placido
Polanco sacrificed the runners over to second and third. Stammen intentionally
walked Justin Ruggiano to load the bases in hopes of turning a double play.
Lucas hit a grounder to Washington second baseman Steve Lombardozzi who got
the runner out at second, but could not throw out the speedy Lucas out at
first as Hechavarria crossed home plate to win the game.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run to left field off closer Rafael Soriano in
the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at one a piece. It was
Soriano's first blown save since May 21 against the San Francisco Giants.
"I never think homer," Stanton said. "You may swing harder in some counts, so
whatever, whatever. But I had two strikes, so that was more, 'Get the barrel
on the ball.' It was still a ball, but I got my hands to it. That's thing. If
the ball is up and you get your hands to it, it's going to go if you get on
top of it."
Dan Haren pitched six strong innings in his best outing of the season.
The right-hander lost seven consecutive decisions in his last nine
starts, but surrendered three hits with one walk, while striking out seven
batters in a no-decision.
"I feel good, I kept the ball down. That's really been the key for me the last
two starts, just really focusing on keeping the ball down," said Haren.
Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-5 for the Nationals, who only have one victory six
games into this seven-game road trip.
All-Star Jose Fernandez started the game for the Marlins. The right-hander
gave up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The only
run he allowed in six innings of work came in the top of the fourth inning
when a Jayson Werth sacrifice fly scored Bryce Harper.
Harper started off the inning by drawing a walk. Adam LaRoche singled to left
moving Harper over to third base, and Werth hit a ball to center. The throw
came home to Miami catcher Mathis, but Harper ran over him at the plate
making the ball fly past his glove.
The Nationals threatened in the top of the 10th. but failed to convert with
two runners in scoring position. Cishek struck out Scott Hairston and
Zimmerman to end the inning.
Harper was ejected by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the top of the
eighth for arguing balls and strikes after striking out for the second
time on the night. Hairston took his place in left field ... Prior to the
contest, the Marlins placed pitcher Chad Qualls on the paternity list and
recalled pitcher Tom Koehler from Triple-A New Orleans... This was Haren's
second start since being reinstated from the DL on July 8... Fernandez became
the youngest Marlin ever selected to an All-Star game, he will turn 21 on July