The one thing Giancarlo Stanton knew for sure was Rafael Soriano was not going to throw a strike. Ahead in the count 1-2, Soriano threw a chase pitch. Stanton chased it and crushed it. With the Marlins down a run in the ninth Saturday, Stanton barreled Soriano’s offering to tie it. The following inning, Steve Cishek negotiated a tenuous situation with back-to-back strikeouts of Scott Hairston and Ryan Zimmerman, and Ed Lucas delivered a walk-off fielder’s choice to give the Marlins a 2-1, series-clinching win. The sequence that catapulted the Marlins to their 14th victory in their last 20 home games began with third baseman Chad Tracy throwing away an Adeiny Hechavarria grounder for a two-base error. With the bases loaded and one out, Lucas grounded a Craig Stammen pitch to second and just beat Ian Desmond’s pivot throw.
Marlins nip Nationals 2-1 in 10 with late heroics
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 14