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Washington Nationals vs Florida Marlins: Game Report..."Hanley And The Hammer Ruin Rauch's Night."


DC leadoff batter Roger Bernadina stares at a low strike three from Florida starter Ryan Tucker. Cristian Guzman hits an easy fly ball out to left. Elijah Dukes’ Discerning Eye draws a two-out walk, but Tucker throws a changeup by Jesus Flores to end a scoreless top of the first...Tim Redding throws a fastball high and outside by Hanley Ramirez for a late-swinging strike three. Jeremy Hermida flies out to center,  and Jorge Cantu flies out to left to end the inning. 


Ryan Tucker gets DY swinging ahead of a two-strike change. Ronnie “Walk-off” Belliard grounds out to Jorge Cantu at third. Tucker gets a ground ball to second from Paul Lo Duca to retire the Nationals in order...Tim Redding walks the first batter he faces in the second, Josh Willingham. Hit and run single from Mike Jacobs allows Willingham to take third. Redding fires a low fastball by Cody Ross for a swinging K. Robert Andino rips a low liner under Guzman’s glove at short, Willingham scores, Jacobs takes third. 1-0 Fish. Matt Treanor takes strike three inside and low, (and lets the Ump know). Redding gets a groundball from the opposing pitcher to end the second. 


Willie Harris takes one off the arm to earn a free pass in the third. Tim Redding lays down a successful sac bunt to bring up Bernadina. Tucker’s change gets Bernadina again. Cristian Guzman bounces a single through the right side of the infield to score Harris from second...1-1 ballgame. (ed. note - “You know what ‘they’ say, ‘A leadoff HBP is as bad as a leadoff walk.’)...Dukes chops one into the dirt around home, and Tucker fields and throws to first to end the DC third...Tim Redding gets a low strike call for a backwards K on Hanley Ramirez. Jeremy Hermida hits a pop fly to left, and takes second when Paul Lo Duca can’t get over to the line in time. Roger Bernadina catches Jorge Cantu’s fly to right, and fires it in to keep Hermida on second. Josh Willingham hits one into the second deck of empty dolphin-blue seats in left. Two-run blast. 3-1 Florida. 


Jesus Flores goes down swinging. DY grounds out to short for the second out of the fourth. Ronnie Belliard works the rookie righty to a full count and then drops a line- drive in front of a charging Cody Ross in center. Paul Lo Duca fouls off a few two-strike pitches and then waits and pushes an outside pitch to right for a single, Belliard takes third. Willie Harris cracks a bat on a bloop single to left center that scores Belliard, 3-2 Marlins. Tucker walks Tim Redding to bring up Roger Bernadina. Two down, bases loaded, Bernadina grounds to second, Robert Andino tosses to Hanley Ramirez to end the threat...Cody Ross lifts one out to left, where Lo Duca easily grabs it, Robert Andino works the count full and grounds out to short, but Matt Treanor disrupts Redding’s flow with a double off the old-timey scoreboard in left. Redding’s too much for Ryan Tucker who strikes out like a pitcher. 


Cristian Guzman pops out to short. Elijah Dukes explodes on a 2-2 fastball and bounces it off the upper deck. Solo shot for DUKES!! 3-3 ballgame. Jesus Flores lifts one to left, where Josh Willingham makes the play. GIVE ME A “D” “D!!!” GIVE ME A “Y” WHY? DY goes deep to right and three rows over the wall for another solo shot and a 4-3 DC lead...Ronnie Belliard can’t come up with Hanley Ramirez’s chopper down the line at third. Redding walks Jeremy Hermida to put two on with no outs. Jorge Cantu pops out right behind second. “The Hammer” Josh Willingham flies out to Elijah Dukes in right. Mike Jacobs, goes to a full count, Redding throws one in the dirt and Jacobs chases. Crisis averted...


Doug Waechter will pitch the sixth for the Marlins. Lo Duca swings through a high 90 mph strike three. Willie Harris sails an out to Cody Ross. Tim Redding lines a two-out single to left. Bernadina pops out to short. 4-3 DC, middle of six. Tim Redding’s back for the bottom of the inning, and he gives up a leadoff single through short to Cody Ross. A second hit and run single, this time by Robert Andino, and that’s all for Redding...Jesus “Everyday” Colome starts in a jam...Matt Treanor flies out to right, and Roger Bernadina sails an ill-advised throw home, Ross scores, 4-4 score. Andino to second on the throw. Sac bunt from Waechter moves Andino to third. Hanley Ramirez? Pops out to end the sixth.


Saul Rivera's back out for the seventh after the Marlins' Waechter gets Guzman, Dukes and Flores in order. Rivera gets a swinging K from Jeremy Hermida, and Cantu grounds out in front "The Hammer", who lines out to end the inning, Saul Rivera's got two scoreless in relief.


Ronnie Belliard takes a one out walk from Waechter in the eighth and Lo Duca singles to left moving Bellliard to third. Waechter out, Renyel Pinto in for the Marlins. First and third, one out for Willie Harris, Renyel Pinto throws a wild pitch. Belliard scores standing up. 5-4 Nationals. Pinto walks Willie Harris. Wil Nieves swings through a full count pitch with the runners going, and Belliard’s easily thrown out at third, strike’em out, throw’em out, 5-4 middle of eight. Lopez stays in at short, Harris to left, Boone at first, and  Saul “Sa-ool” Rivera on the hill, Mike Jacobs rips a single through second, and Alfredo “The Amazing” Amezaga comes on to run...Cody Ross tries not to swing at an outside pitch, but he strikes out when he can’t pull back. Amezaga steals second, Robert Andino lines out to right, Amezaga takes third. Matt Treanor swings over a slider. Amezaga’s stranded.


Top of the ninth. Roger Bernadina chases strike three out of the zone. Pinto walks Cristian Guzman and gets yanked from the mound. Justin Miller comes on to get the second out on a line drive from Dukes. Pinch hitter Kory Casto pops out to end the DC ninth...The Tallest PItcher in MLB History, Jon Rauch comes on to close it. Wes Helms chases a ball into the dirt. Rauch leaves a 2-2 fastball up and out over the plate and Hanley Ramirez redirects it into the upper deck in left. 5-5 tie. Rauch gets swinging K's from Hermida and Cantu to keep it there...Add an extra frame...


Florida closer Kevin Gregg works the top of the tenth. A one out walk to Belliard and single one out later from Willie Harris and Wil Nieves is up with two on and two out...Nieves goes down swinging...Jon Rauch is back out for the tenth. Josh Willingham steps into the batter's box...First pitch from Rauch...GONE!!! Off the top of the scoreboard in right...Marlins win 6-5. That's two walk-offs in two nights from these two teams...More walk-off fun tomorrow...


Nationals now 33-51.