WASHINGTON (AP) — The Miami Marlins have been followed by a television crew this season for a reality series that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the struggling club.
With the cameras rolling after an eighth-inning meltdown and another tough loss on Saturday night, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen delivered an expletive-laden tirade that surely will make for interesting TV.
Miami blew a two-run lead and gave up six runs overall in the eighth as the Washington Nationals rallied for a 10-7 win. Relief pitcher Mike Dunn dropped an easy toss from first baseman Carlos Lee for an error that fueled the inning and led to six unearned runs.
Dunn's error came before two RBI singles, a three-run home run by Danny Espinosa, and a solo shot by Bryce Harper.
"There you go. There's the baseball game right there," Guillen said. "He gives up a home run, that's fine. But we do the same (stuff) every day, day-in and day-out. That's the reason why we practice that."
It's been a bizarre year for the Marlins, who have opened a new stadium, spent heavily on free agents and underperformed on the field. They traded slumping third baseman Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers.
"The way we play all year along, that's a normal game for us. We find a way to lose no matter what," Guillen said. "I guess you better get used to it whether you're a coach or manager. Very, very weird. Funny the way we've been playing."
Washington trailed 6-4 heading into the eighth, but the Nationals tied it on run-scoring singles by Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore against Dunn (0-1). Dunn allowed six unearned runs following his error. He dropped Lee's toss on Adam LaRoche's ground ball with one out.
Dunn, who hadn't allowed a home run in 32 appearances, said he regularly practices the play.
"One hundred times. Probably a million times," he said. "Every day. I'd like to know when the last time I dropped a ball like that. I don't know if I just took my concentration off for a split second and that was enough for me to drop it.
"You can put it on that, but I also had two outs and nobody scored. To give up six runs with two outs, that's just me letting the team down. We played good enough to win the game and I blew it, plain and simple."
Espinosa, who had committed two errors leading to Miami runs, hit his 10th homer of the season over the bullpen in left field. Harper followed with his 10th to make it 10-6. Continued...