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Jeff Mathis hit a walk-off grand slam today

Jun 30, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Today in “headlines you definitely did not expect to read”, Marlins backup catcher Jeff Mathis powered the Marlins to victory with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth against Padres reliever Tyson Ross, breaking a 2-2 tie. Mathis was, to that point, 0-for-3 on the day, and entered the afternoon carrying a .446 OPS. To put that in perspective, Miguel Cabrera has a .461 on-base percentage.

The victory is the Marlins’ fifth in their last six games as they wrap up a successful month of June. After going 8-19 in April and 6-22 in May, their 15-10 June is a welcome sight in Miami.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    If you couldn’t expect the unexpected, baseball wouldn’t be baseball.

    A quick note: another charter member of the Feesh’s larval triumvirate, Nate Eovaldi, threw six shutout innings today and left with a 2-0 lead before Chad Qualls came galumphing in from the boolpen and promptly coughed it up.

    Today was as close to an Old Timer’s Day as the postadolescent Feesh could have. If they were barramundi, they’d all still be females. Nevertheless, surrounded as he was by good will and dogs, Scrooge McLoria actually dared to sit in his field box behind home plate today. I think it’s the first time in months he’s been willing to do that. As a precaution, no one sitting in the seats by the mezzanine railing directly above him were permitted to drink beer.

    • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Correction: they’d all still be males.

      Edit function!
      Edit function!

  2. tuberippin - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Let me get this straight: The Pirates have the most wins of any team in the majors; Max Scherzer is 12-0; James Loney has an .841 OPS, higher than Andrew McCutchen and Justin Upton; and now Jeff Mathis is hitting walk-off grand slams?

    What the hell is going on?

    • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Theron Ware has let all the demons out of Hell. But don’t worry, it’s just a practice run. Easter isn’t for another ten months yet.

  3. mgflolox - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Since it was off Tyson Ross, it really doesn’t surprise me a bit.

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