SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when the lead and perhaps the game were on the brink of slipping away, David Phelps executed the pitch of the game -- a 94 mph two-seam fastball that regained momentum for the Marlins in their 5-4 win over the Giants on Sunday at AT&T Park.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning, Phelps got Angel Pagan to tap back to the mound, and the reliever was able to start a 1-2-3 double play.
"I was warming up when J.T. hit the home run, and it got me pretty pumped up out there," Phelps said. "I came in the game and I was overthrowing a little bit."
After striking out Panik, Phelps showed some emotion as he headed back to the dugout.
"It's exciting because you're keeping the run from crossing the plate," Phelps said. "I've had a few of those in my career. I like big situations. I kind of feed off it. For our team, winning games right now is huge. I didn't want to go out there and cough it up right there for us."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.