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Then Clippard came into a non-save situation in the ninth and almost made the previous 2 hours, 45 minutes of chaos irrelevant. Clippard underestimated the game’s pace and didn’t throw enough warmup pitches in the bullpen.

Not fully loose, he allowed a leadoff single and walked the next two Marlins on eight straight balls.

Clippard struck out pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano on a 93 mph fastball down the middle, Jose Reyes popped out on the first pitch and Infante dropped a foul ball down the right-field line that Harper caught while avoiding, sort of, a massive collision with Lombardozzi.

“All I thought about,” Harper said, “was a wide receiver coming across the middle and you’re going to get hammered, but you’ve got to catch the ball.”