Outfielder Christian Yelich played the role of hero for the Marlins on Friday night against the Rays, delivering a walk-off RBI single to left-center in the bottom of the 10th. It was Yelich’s third RBI of the night, as he had previously singled in two runs in the fourth inning.
During Yelich’s post-game interview, his Marlin teammates pulled off an elaborate celebration. Most players are met with a shaving cream pie (or towel) to the face, but Dee Gordon took it to the next level. Pitcher Mat Latos appeared behind Yelich with a small basketball net with a backboard while Gordon ran up from the dugout and slam dunked a ball through the net over Yelich.
Yelich had the composure to continue the interview despite getting posterized.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.