Hero of the Game: Donnie Murphy (.189 WPA+)
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-.056 WPA+)
In his last two starts, Ricky Nolasco has only allowed one earned run in nineteen innings. Perhaps the key to this has been his rediscovered control. Nolasco hasn't walked a batter in either of his last two starts, and ninety-five of his sixty-five pitches tonight were strikes. Nolasco seems to have figured some things out, but you never know with such a talented yet inconsistent pitcher like himself.
The Brewers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Carlos Gomez homered to left field in the second. Nolasco left a slider dead center in the middle of the plate, and Gomez made him pay. This was Nolasco's only big mistake in this start.
The Marlins scored the five of their runs in the fourth inning. With runners on first and a second, Donnie Murphy smacked a 3-2 87 MPH fastball into right field to score Justin Ruggiano from second. Then, Ricky Nolasco perfectly executed a suicide squeeze, in which Michael Fiers took his eye off the ball, allowing the run to score. Donovan Solano and Jose Reyes had two clutch singles to bring in three more runs.
The Marlins didn't even make very hard contact against the Brewers' pitchers today. However, thanks to a few Miami hitters lining balls into the opposite field, and Milwaukee committing four errors, the Marlins managed to put up seven runs. It was a nice win for Miami, who don't have an off day until Thursday, the 13th.