14 pitches and 10 fouls later, A.J. Ellis drove in the go-ahead run for the Marlins on a 99-mph fastball
The Marlins had an eventful weekend in Miami, taking three of four from the D-backs and enjoying a masterful no-hitter from Edinson Volquez in the process.
On Sunday, Miami dispatched Arizona once again, 6-5, on the strength of a seventh-inning RBI single from catcher A.J. Ellis. But this wasn't just any RBI single. It was the result of a marathon at-bat between Ellis and D-backs reliever Archie Bradley that spanned 14 pitches, 10 of which were foul balls struck by Ellis.
Yes, he fouled away 10 pitches -- and the one he finally sent into left-center for the game-winning hit? Well, that one came on a 99.8-mph fastball. Ellis was locked-in.
After the hit, which scored Derek Dietrich, the two shared pumped-up facial expressions, with the veteran backstop conveying a sense of "I got you," an appropriate reaction after an at-bat like that.
Dietrich, who had a great vantage point for Ellis' hit standing on second base, told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro after the game how impressive it all was to see:
And Ellis explained his approach at the plate:
As you might imagine, Ellis began feeling more comfortable facing Bradley as the at-bat went on:
Sunday's 14-pitch battle in Miami called to mind another from earlier this season when Felix Hernandez and Mike Trout engaged in a similarly drawn-out back-and-forth (with the Mariners ace besting the Angels' star on a called third strike).
These types of at-bats don't happen all the time, but when they do, they're something to behold.