Hero Of The Game: Greg Dobbs (.315 WPA)
Goat Of The Game: Bryan Petersen (-.079 WPA)
Miami entered Wednesday afternoon's contest having not scored a run in 27 consecutive innings, a span of exactly three games. Chris Capuano of the Dodgers, Cole Hamels, and Kyle Kendrick all shut the Marlins out, and facing Roy Halladay on Wednesday, that streak had a good chance of continuing. The Marlins didn't take batting practice, and the cages were locked, so all Miami had to think about was Halladay.
"It helps a little bit," Bryan Petersen said of not taking batting practice prior to the game. "It helps you stay focused on the game."
Until the Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, the scoreless innings streak had hit 30 innings. Carlos Lee walked to begin the inning, and Giancarlo Stanton doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Greg Dobbs singled and Donovan Solano hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and give Miami a 2-0 advantage against Halladay.
Working with a two run lead and seeking win number ten, Mark Buehrle was perfect through three innings. However, Ty Wigginton crushed a breaking ball over the left field wall in the fourth to cut the Marlins' lead in half.Wigginton, who has hurt the Marlins in his career, drove home another run against Buehrle in the fifth. After Buehrle couldn’t field a bunt by Kevin Frandsen and then walked Chase Utley, Wigginton singled to tie the game at two.
Roy Halladay couldn’t hold on to that lead, as Greg Dobbs, who saw three pitches from his former teammate and had three hits, homered with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to give the Marlins a one run lead.
Buehrle was done after seven innings, giving up five hits and two runs while walking a batter and striking out three. Miami ensured Buehrle would get win number ten, which he had been seeking but hadn’t earned until Wednesday, by putting up six runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Charlie Manuel had to go to the bullpen three times, using pitchers B.J. Rosenberg, Raul Valdes, and Michael Schwimer to get three outs . Giancarlo Stanton, Bryan Petersen, and Gorkys Hernandez, who entered the game in the fourth after Justin Ruggiano was taken out following an oblique injury in his second at-bat against Halladay, all had RBIs. Austin Kearns added a pinch-hit two-RBI single, and allowed the Marlins to head to the ninth with a 9-2 lead that would eventually stand after a scoreless inning from Ryan Webb.
With his win on Wednesday, Buehrle has earned ten or more wins in twelve consecutive seasons.
Miami will look to continue to score runs consistently, as they head to Colorado to play the Rockies in a four game series that begins on Thursday. Following the series against the Rockies, the Marlins will play four in Arizona before playing a weekend series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.