Hero Of The Game: Giancarlo Stanton (.243 WPA)
Goat Of The Game: Bryan Petersen (-.052 WPA)
Play Of The Game: With a runner on first and two outs in the first inning, Giancarlo Stanton homered to center field to give the Marlins an early 3-0 lead. (.173 WPA)
Prior to Wednesday night's game, manager Ozzie Guillen, when asked about the health of Giancarlo Stanton, said that he knew Stanton's swing was back, and that he "was ready to hurt someone." Stanton hurt the Mets at Citi Field in game two of the three game series, as he had four hits, two of which were home runs, in a 13-0 Marlins victory.
Miami didn't waste much time before taking an early lead off of New York starter Chris Young, who was making his first start against the Marlins since he was a member of the Padres in 2007. With two outs in the first, Jose Reyes homered to extend his hitting streak to 26 games, a mark that Emilio Bonifacio reached last year, making the two tied for the second longest hitting streak in franchise history. Carlos Lee followed with a walk, before Stanton hit a ball to center field that managed to get out, giving Miami and Nathan Eovaldi a 3-0 lead to work with.
Eovaldi, who only pitched two innings in his last start against the Atlanta Braves, wasn't sharp early, as he allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in four of his five innings pitched. Eovaldi got himself out of trouble, but didn't have command of all of his pitches. After going five innings and walking six, Eovaldi was replaced by Ryan Webb.
The Marlins had multiple four run innings, as they added four runs in the fifth and the and the eighth, respectively. Carlos Lee had a 2 RBI single in the fourth that extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and Giancarlo Stanton followed with his second two run homer of the night, a line drive that quickly landed on the left field "Party City Party Deck."
In a four run eighth inning against lefty Garrett Olson, Gorkys Hernandez got his first hit as a member of the Marlins, and Bryan Petersen, who lined out multiple times throughout the night, hit a triple with the bases loaded that scored three.
Offensively, the Marlins added two more runs off of Frank Francisco on a Greg Dobbs two run home run to right field, and the bullpen was able to shut the Mets down. Ryan Webb and Chris Hatcher both pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Eovaldi, who earned his second win since joining the Marlins.
Wednesday night was only the second time on the season that Miami has scored a double digit number of runs. The last time they did it was when they put up 12 runs in Milwaukee in a 13-12 extra inning loss to the Brewers. The four home runs the Marlins hit marked a season high for home runs in a nine inning game. Miami also hit four in the same extra inning loss to the Brewers on July 3.
Against New York on Wednesday night, Stanton, who was playing in just his second game since coming off of the disabled list, belted two home runs for the fifth time in his career, however for the first time this season.
New York had several chances to get on the board against the 22 year old Eovaldi, but failed to, as they were 0-10 with runners in scoring position. The Marlins, who have struggled in that category all season, were 4-12, a .333 clip.
Miami will look to sweep the series on Thursday afternoon, with Josh Johnson opposing Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. With their win on Wednesday, the Marlins improved to 4-6 on their current 11 game road trip.