Hero of the Game: No one, though I'll give Justin Ruggiano and Juan Pierre credit for hitting home runs and milestones, respectively
Goat of the Game: Alex Sanabia (-0.215 WPA)
Play of the Game: Ryan Howard homered in the fourth inning. (-0.144 WPA)
The Miami Marlins stayed competitive at the early point of the game, and the Fish had their own reasons to celebrate during the game as well. Juan Pierre stole his 600th career base and joined an elite group of speedsters and top players in baseball. Justin Ruggiano hit another home run, giving him the lead on the team with four homers. At the time of Ruggiano's shot, the Marlins were at least down only 4-2.
How did they get themselves into that territory? The Phillies scored four runs off of starter Alex Sanabia, who at least put up four strikeouts versus only two walks in tonight's game. That may go far towards regularizing his wonky strikeout-to-walk ratio, but the two home runs he allowed tonight to Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown will not help overall.
Despite the homers, however, it was the fifth inning that really broke Sanabia's game. He walked catcher Eric Kratz, who later reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Then Donovan Solano committed a crucial error on a Jimmy Rollins ground ball that left runners on first and third. Following a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley, the Fish had a shot again to get out of the inning, but Michael Young singled and Rollins scored on a passed ball in a plate appearance in which Sanabia was not even close to the plate.
Later in the game, Tom Koehler struggled through a second inning of work, allowing three runs to score, one off of a wild pitch that eluded Rob Brantly in an ugly fashion. Koehler got outs on only two plays that inning, as the defense bailed him out with a double play to end the inning.
The Marlins will try again tomorrow night with Ricky Nolasco taking the mound.