Saturday, April 25, 2009

Marlins Get a Taste of Own Medicine

Remember way back to last week when the Marlins were visiting the Washington Nationals for a three-game series? You know, it was the last win for the club that has now dropped four straight after last night's debacle.

Anyways, remember when the Marlins were trailing heading into the ninth inning each of those three games, and then managed to go off on the Nationals bullpen, to steal victory from the jaws of defeat each time?

Well, last night the Marlins got Marlins'd, after heading into the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead built off of a solid seven inning outing from Josh Johnson, who struck out eight and only gave up three hits.

That's when Matt Lindstrom came to the mound, in the ninth. Then, before I know it, a 3-0 lead, and a tally in the win-column, quickly becomes a 7-3 deficit after a the Phillies explode in the top of the ninth, led by Shane Victorino's grand slam.

There's really no excuse for not being able to close out a great game by JJ, but it does happen, to every team, sooner of later. As I pointed out in Thursday's post on the Marlins, they needed to get a quality outing from a starter because they've had to rely on the bullpen too often, and it was only a matter of time before the bullpen gave in.

The Marlins did get a quality outing from a starter, and only had to rely on the 'pen for two innings. Yet, they still managed to give in, because, like I said, it was only a matter of time before it would happen.

And just like that, the Marlins managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and get a taste of their own medicine that they prescribed for the Nationals a week ago.

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