Hero of the Game: C Coghlan (.332)
Goat of the Game: H Bell (-.195)
Play of the Game: Chris Coghlan homered. Logan Morrison scored. Bryan Petersen scored. (.328)
Friday night things started slowly for the Fish. After a uneventful first inning, Angel Pagan led off the second with a single to left. Huff followed with a single of his own, moving Pagan to third. The infield decided to play for the double play and got it when Arias would hit a ground ball to Infante. The double play was turned successfully, but the run would score. Tim Lincecum grounded into a fielders choice to end the half-inning.
In the top of the third, JJ's struggles continued. Blanco and Crawford led off the inning with singles before Cabera and Posey would line out on well hit balls. JJ could not escape the inning though as Pagan would single home a run while Crawford would be tagged out at third trying to stretch the play.
In the bottom of the forth, Infante and Hanley both got out before Stanton would come to the plate. MIKEY! He did what he does best. Stanton took one deep and hit a dinger off the waves in the home run sculpture. No damage was done to the art, and the score was now 2-1.
The top of the fifth started well with JJ striking out his first two batters (also his first KOs of the game). On a full count, Cabrera hit a liner down the right field line that bounced off the foul pole for a cheap, but effective home run. JJ then struck out Posey for the third out to end his night.
To the bottom of the sixth is where the real fun started.
Omar Infante led off with a stand-up double to right. Hanley struck out next, but up came Stanton. Giancarlo hit a liner up the middle and Infante would come around to score easily. Stanton decided to steal second and Lomo drew a walk. Peterson was now up and he delivered with a solid single to right. Espasda held the runner at third and the bases were loaded for John Buck. Buck did his job and was able to lift one to deep center which allowed all three runners to tag and tie the game. Coghlan came to bat with two on and two out. Cogz sent a shot to right, giving a fan a nice souvenir and giving the Marlins a 6-3 lead. That would be the end of Lincecum as Loux would come in and retire Mattison to end the inning.
The Fish added a run in the seventh. Reyes led off with a ground out but Infante followed with a walk. On a throw-over, the ball got away and Omar was able to get to third base on the error. Hanley then drove in the run with a line drive up the middle. The inning ended shortly after as Hanley was caught stealing before Stanton grounded out.
The top of the eighth started with Mujica relieving Choate after his inning of work. Cabrera hit a triple into the gap in right center. The Marlins then took an out for a run as Posey grounded out to second while Cabrera would score. Mujica then got Pagan and Schierholtz out to put an end to things.
Bell came for the save with the Fish holding a 7-4 lead in the ninth. Arias led things off with a double in the left-center gap. Steve Cishek was seen warming up shortly after. Bell then got Theriot to hit a slow roller back to the mound. Bell got the out at first, and the runner moved to third.
Belt followed the action with a single to shallow center. This scored Arias, and pulled the Giants within two. Bell then pitched to Blanco would who line one down the left field line and pull up with a double while Belt would stop at third. This would put the tying run in scoring position with only one out. Ozzie had seen enough and pulled Bell for Cishek. The boo birds were louder than ever as Bell exited.
On the first pitch, Crawford sent a fly ball to deep left. Cogz caught it and threw to third while Belt would tag and score to make it a one run game.
Now the biggest moment of the night. Steve Cishek VS. Melky Cabrera, one of the hottest hitters in baseball, who already had a home run and triple in the game. Cishek and Cabrera battled, and the count went full. Then Cishek delivered a perfect pitch and Cabrera could only watch as Mike Winters called strike three and the crowd erupted. The Marlins were victorious.