Hero of the Game: Jose Reyes (.553 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Heath Bell (-.806 WPA)
Play of the Game: Aramis Ramirez homered to end the game in the bottom of the tenth inning. Carlos Gomez was on second. The walk off home run was allowed by Heath Bell (.860 WPA).
"Obviously, we were ready to celebrate, but we got punched in the stomach," were the words of Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen after this contest. Marlins lose an absolute heart breaker on Tuesday. Two games in a row in fact. But this one was worse than the previous.
After trailing 9-2 going into the seventh inning, the Marlins staged a come back to send the game into extra innings. And in extra innings, the Fish took the lead when Jose Reyes hit a solo shot off of ex-Marlin, Livan Hernandez. It looked as if the Marlins were road warriors again. However, in blowing his fifth game of the season, Heath Bell gave up a game that could have done wonders for the Marlins' confidence moving ahead. And they need that. Oh well, at least the ball club showed fight after going down by seven runs.
Marlins Hit Four Home Runs
The Marlins hit five home runs. Jose Reyes, Justin Ruggiano, John Buck, Scott Cousins, and Logan Morrison all hit long balls. And it went for naught because the Fish could not pull out the victory. While LoMo's home run was the first of the day for the team (opening frame), the last home run by Jose Reyes was most clutch. It came in the top of the tenth inning to give the Marlins a one run lead. Ideally you would think that whenever the Marlins hit five home runs in a game, they automatically win. But not on this day. And not when the team looks like it still lacks confidence.
Pitchers Give Up Too Many Runs
Usually we say about the Marlins' pitching is fine (with the exception of Heath Bell), and its the offense that needs to contribute more. However, Anibal Sanchez gave up 11 hits and five earned runs in only five innings. Not only is it a short start, he gives up way too many hits in the process. And this obviously spills into the bullpen as seven Marlins relievers pitched in this one. Hopefully the bullpen will not be needed tomorrow for another day game in Milwaukee.
Its amazing how this team has been inconsistent all year. Regardless of all the early season distractions.
Brewers Hang Tough
Give credit to Milwaukee. Regardless of how the Marlins came back, they stuck in there and pulled out the win in the end. Remember, this is a team that had a worse record than the Marlins coming into this series. I would have to think they might even be sellers at the trade deadline (with as good as the Cardinals have played up to this point). However, they have real nice pieces on their squad. Obviously we know about Braun and Greinke. But on this day, the stars were Aramis Ramirez (four runs batted in), Corey Hart (three hits), and Marco Estrada (gave up two earned runs in six innings). If it was not for their bullpen that allowed the Fish to come back late, the final score would have been lopsided.