04/10/10 10:58 PM EST
Marlins cash in after stadium malfunction
Dodgers' Padilla surrenders homer after eight-minute delay
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
On Saturday night, a new form of delay temporarily halted play.
During the bottom of the fourth with the Marlins trailing, 3-1, the padding on the right field-wall covering the foul pole came dislodged, causing a stoppage.
The Marlins and Dodgers waited eight minutes in the bottom of the fourth inning as workers tried to secure the padding.
Action was held up after John Baker reached on a fielder's choice. Before Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla could throw a pitch to Cody Ross, the padding become unhitched from the wall. Eventually, it was tapped back, behind the playing field.
Padilla threw a few warmup pitches to stay loose.
When play resumed, the Marlins struck quickly. Ross singled, and with the count full, Gaby Sanchez belted a three-run homer, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead.
They drama ultimately did not factor in the see-saw affair, as the clubs exchanged leads until the Marlins walked off with a 7-6 win in the ninth.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.