In a season wrought with injury and disappointments, Dee Gordon has been a consistent bright spot for the Marlins. Wednesday, he got a chance to do something he hadn’t yet for Miami — deliver a walk-off winner.
His two-out, 11th-inning double to deep right-center off Jerome Williams plated Miguel Rojas and broke a 3-3 tie as the Marlins rallied for their ninth walk-off win of the season, 4-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park.
Gordon finished 3 for 6 at the plate and made another spectacular play with his glove. Gordon, in the running for the Gold Glove award at second base, made a stellar over-the-shoulder catch when he ran into right field and robbed Darin Ruf of a bloop single for the final out in the top half of the 11th.
“First walk-off in a few years [for Gordon], I think since 2012,” manager Dan Jennings said. “Couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Just happy for the quality of at-bat he had there. He put a great swing on that ball. It’s just feels like every night he does something to help you. Happy for him, happy for these guys and the way they battled.”
Third baseman Martin Prado celebrated the win by dunking on Gordon, who is known for his post-win dunk celebrations.
“He did the Dee Brown no-look,” Gordon said of Prado’s dunk. “It was pretty good.”
Although Gordon hasn’t been able to make up much ground on Bryce Harper for the National League batting title or close the gap on Billy Hamilton for the stolen-base crown of late, he continues to make a strong case for being one of the most selfless players in baseball.
Tuesday night, the 27-year-old two-time All-Star took time both between innings and after the game to check on the status of an elderly woman who was struck by a blistering foul ball off the bat of Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.
“That could have been my grandma that got hit so I had to make sure she was OK,” Gordon said. “They said luckily it just grazed her more than anything. I gave her a bat, the cleats I had on and one of our alternate jerseys just to kind of say sorry.”
Said Jennings: “That’s Dee being Dee. What can you say? Forget the ballplayer side of it for a minute — just the quality of person he is. He’s a tremendous human being.”
Fan safety has become a hot topic in baseball this season after a fan at Fenway Park was seriously injured by the shattered part of a bat that struck her in the head. Extending netting down the first- and third-base lines is an idea Gordon favors.
“In spring training in Arizona, Goodyear [Park] has a net and nobody ever gets hit,” Gordon said. “If it goes high they at least got a chance. Those line drives are scary. I never put my family nowhere down there. It’s cool to be closer, but you’ve got to be able to protect these people. That ball was hit very hard.”
After pitching seven shutout innings against the Mets in his last start, left-hander Adam Conley opened Wednesday by retiring the first 12 hitters he faced and gave up one run on three hits over six-plus innings.
Conley, the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 9-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 18 starts for Triple A New Orleans, was yanked after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh on his 90th pitch. He struck out a career-high eight batters.
▪ Justin Bour belted his 19th home run of the season to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Bour entered the game fourth among rookies in baseball in homers and RBI.
HECHAVARRIA ON MEND
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who hasn’t played because of a strained left hamstring since Sept. 2, will participate in a simulated game Thursday and could be back on the field soon, Jennings said.
“I’m going to see how my timing is and then I’ll see how I feel,” Hechavarria said. “You can’t just go out there without swinging a bat for a few weeks and hit. It’s been almost three weeks.”
Thursday: Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (2-4, 4.43) vs. Phillies RHP Alec Asher (0-4, 9.78), 7:10 p.m.
Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (5-0, 2.18) vs. Braves RHP Ryan Weber (0-1, 3.26), 7:10 p.m.