Fish Cap: Giants 3, Marlins 2

Most baseball fans know the Giants aren't an offensive-powered team, but when they score early, it's usually trouble for their opponent -- the exact scenario the Marlins found themselves into to close the season series.


Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 30,199

Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (+.055): 0-for-2, 2 BB

Goat of the Game: Omar Infante (-.179): 0-for-4, K

Marlins Play of the Game: Chris Coghlan singled to right in the fifth to bring in Stanton and advance Logan Morrison (+.131).

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Pitching duels were going to be the theme of this series, and the season finale between the 2010 champions and the Marlins was no different. The Giants (25-23) sent out Matt Cain while the Fish (26-22) threw Ricky Nolasco onto the mound giving the probability for offense sparse. However, the Giants came out with the first punch three batters into the game.

Melky Cabrera took Nolasco's first inning 2-out pitch over the left-field fence for his fourth homerun of the season.

Cabrera was not done there. He was the staple of the Giants' offense scoring all three runs for the Giants hitting a perfect 4-for-4. Cabrera went 9-for-18 in the weekend series adding a double, triple and another homerun to his weekend grand total. Talk about being a hot hitter right now.

Another Giant who was hot on Sunday was catcher Buster Posey. Posey went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

Outside of the two aforementioned, Nolasco had no problems with the visiting lineup as Nolasco did not allow a hit to the other seven hitters in the starting lineup. Ricky's ending line for his Sunday start was 7 IP, three runs allowed (all earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out two.

Nolasco picks up his fifth quality start, but takes his third loss on the year.

Randy Choate and Ryan Webb came in quietly out of the bullpen -- Webb allowed two hits.

Offensively for Miami, the team raked in their pair of runs on six hits, and RISP was where the home team struggled by only going 2-for-10. Miami also left eight on base.

Both offensive-making plays were each singles from Chris Coghlan and Jose Reyes. Coghlan's came in the fifth; Reyes had his in the seventh.

Miami split the weekend series with the Giants -- but get the last laugh from a season standpoint. San Francisco received a sweep at home from Miami as part of a hot road trip earlier this month. Miami gets to stay home as the Nationals come into town to close out May.

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