Monday, June 27, 2005

 

June 27th, 2003

Marlins play at Red Sox


This was quite a game for the Marlins--and Red Sox--but part of quite a week for the eventual World Series champions. Carl Pavano, demonstrating the form that has become sadly familiar to Yankee fans this season, opened the game allowing a Johnny Damon double. Followed by a Todd Walker run-scoring single. Then a Nomar double. Then a Manny Ramirez three-run home run. Then a David Ortiz double. Then a Kevin Millar run-scoring single. At which point Pavano was replaced by Michael Tejeara, having recorded zero outs, allowed five runs (to that point), six hits, and a combined 1.000/1.000/2.000 line. Tejeara came in and allowed a Trot Nixon single, Bill Mueller walk, Jason Varitek two-run single, a Johnny Damon two-run triple (meaning the Sox had batted around, which would have driven me nuts) and a Todd Walker RBI single. At which point Tejeara was replaced by Allen Levrault, meaning the Marlins had used two pitchers to get no outs but had succeeded in surrendering ten runs between them. The ten runs they gave up before recording an out also set a new Major League record.

The Sox batters would continue to, um, batter Marlin pitching, in the end scoring fourteen runs in the first inning, and batting around twice that inning which might have prompted me to walk down to the Field Level and throw my scorebook at the nearest Marlins’ pitcher. The Red Sox would go on to win the game 25-8, with the only disappointment being that although Damon had three parts of the cycle before the first inning was over, and would get four more ABs, he failed to hit a home run and complete it.

This game was just one of a strange week for the Marlins who would go on to win the next day despite being down 9-2 at one point after a seven-run inning and requiring a four-run ninth (and a four-run eighth) to win the game. The truly strange thing came a few days later as the Marlins, having lost by seventeen runs in
Boston would win by nineteen against the Braves in Miami. That game was highlighted by a six-run second as the Marlins scored in each inning but the third.





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