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Bloop Hit + Bad Throw = Marlins Loss

    DENVER -- Leo Nunez was one strike away from wrapping up a 4-3 victory over the Rockies on Monday when Dexter Fowler's bloop single changed everything. Not only did Fowler dump a single into no man's land in shallow center on a 3-2 pitch, but he ended up second after Greg Dobbs misfired on his rundown throw to first.

    The result: Fowler scored the tying run on Carlos Gonzalez's two-out double off Nunez and, two batters later, Jason Giambi clubbed a three-run home run off Randy Choate for the walk-off victory at Coors Field.

     "We made a mistake and that cost us the ballgame," said manager Jack McKeon, referring to Dobbs' throw.

     Here's how Dobbs described it after Fowler singled and made an aggressive turn around first:

     "Both middle infielders are running out on that play," said Dobbs, who was playing third. "Second base is vacated, so I'm sure (Fowler) was seeing that. It's my job to get there (to second) in that situation. We work on that and practice it. What surprised me was when I got the throw, when I turned to look at him out of the corner of my eye, he was running (back) to first. But then he stopped and turned as I'm in the motion of throwing it. So it threw me off."

       Dobbs said he he released the ball as his arm was slowing to a halt, causing his throw to go wide to the left. First baseman Gaby Sanchez reached to his right to make the catch, but Fowler took advantage of the poor throw and made it to second.

        "In retrospect, I should have just held the ball and ran at him," Dobbs said.  "But I was thinking he was trying to get back to first. That's my instinct. At the last second, I saw him stop and looking at me. But I was already in the motion."

       The inning deteriorated from there. Gonzalez doubled to score Fowler, Troy Tulowitzki was walked intentionally, and lefty specialist Choate was brought in to face Giambi, who fell homered to right for the win. Giambi had gone 0 for 5 in six career plate appearances against Choate before the home run.


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Before you draft a player, don't the front office talk to them to see if they can sign them?
Out of the top 4 players the Marlins drafted
they only signed fernadez at the last minute.
Is there something wrong with this team front office????
or they just don't give a HOOT, about baseball


Tampa Bay, drafted and signed all of the first 14 draft choices.
10 first round
2 second round
1 third round
1 fourth round
This is a team with low income like the Marlins
and yet they signed all of those drafted'
Is there something going on with the marlins that we don't about.

Uncle Luke

Most teams don't sign their top picks until the last minute. The Marlins weren't alone in that department. That being said, no, they don't give a crap about anything other than making money. I hope the new stadium burns to the ground.


Was last night's finish total agony? Hell, yeah! Will I tune in again tonight? Hell, yeah!
Reminds of my frat hazing (so many years ago). "May I have another one, please, Sir?"
Watching the Marlins is like witnessing a gory traffic accident. You don't really WANT to see all the blood and guts and broken bodies, but you can't help sneaking a peek. And then you have nightmares for a week.


Haven't had a chance to watch Baseball Tonight or SportsCenter. Has there been any chatter about the latest Marlins brouhaha?

Stan M

Haven't watched those shows either. There have been several references to LoMo's demotion, but all only utilize 2nd hand references to the articles that we have already seen and read. Not that modern "journalists" are lazy or anything like that. I'm a political junkie and the sloth displayed in those quarters borders on the absurd and it certainly doesn't help our country at all.


Stan M,
I notice you put quotes around the word "journalists," and you're right — those guys you see on TV wouldn't know real journalism if it bit them on their Crisco cabooses. ESPN is populated by airhead ex-jocks, and the so-called news stations like CNN and Fox give us an unending dose of swishy entertainers with $300 haircuts, washed-up politicians and lamed-brained lawyers — with an occasional preacher thrown in — all of them discussing issues and cases they know absolutely nothing about. You say slothful and I say stupid, but the result is the same either way. There are still some good print journalists out there, if you have the time and resources to find them, but they're getting fewer and farther between.
Sorry about the rant, but being a Marlins fan
can make you cranky.

Stan M

You say haircuts, I'd say hair pieces. Nearly everyone is wearing a rug. What I find particularly irksome is the mistakes in relatively simple grammar. "Among you and I" instead of "me"; "between the 3 of them" instead of "among"; none (and I mean none)knowing the difference between a lecturn and a podium. Kowtowing to political correctness to the point that all is becomming banal. And the biggest sin of all, repeating anything and everything that is printed in the NYT (which simply isn't the great paper it once was)without any further research. I don't care if you like or dislike Michelle Bachmann; that hit piece in Newsweek was scurrilous from the photo to the ending paragraph. Shameful to even hint it was journalism. And you think you can rant!


Newsweek used to be a real newsmagazine and a pretty good one. Last year the publication went bankrupt and was sold to a 92-year-old billionaire for $1 and the old fart turned it into a true liberal rag.
And on the subject of atrocious grammar, it drives me crazy to hear sportscasters and newscasters who don't know the difference between a number and an amount. Constantly, you hear them talk about less home runs rather than fewer home runs or the amount of hits rather than the number of hits. I don't really give a sh*t if these bozos want to go through life ignorant as a Douglas fir, but when you're trying to drill into kids (in my case, grandkids) the importance of proper grammar and they hear this crap from people they respect, it makes the job that much harder, that's for sure.

Stan M

I'm sure you remember when 'ol Diz fractured the language. I suspect that some was on purpose.

Yesterday we talked about whether there was much national attention focused on LoMo. Did you see where that paragon of impartiality, Keith Olbermann, actually questioned the teams decision? There are many potential champions I would rather see take up his cause.

That number-amount confusion had never occured to me. I'll watch for it. How about making "a lot" one word? It's almost universal now.


There's gotta be somebody on TV who's more arrogant and irritating than Olbermann, but I sure can't think of anybody right now.
Dizzy was playing us along, and we loved it. Especially that "He's kissing her on the strikes..." line. That was Dizzy wasn't it?


U guys are boring as shite. What are U a hundred years old?

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