Hero of the Game: Ricky Nolasco (0.180 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Ed Lucas (-0.068 WPA)
Play of the Game: Juan Pierre singled in the fourth inning. Placido Polanco and Jeff Mathis scored. Ricky Nolasco advanced to second base. (+0.156 WPA)
The Miami Marlins just won a series, and it was against the team with the best record in baseball.
It just goes to show you that, on any given Sunday (at least in this case), even the Marlins can come out scoring runs.
The Fish put up seven runs versus the Cardinals in their 7-2 victory this afternoon at Marlins Park, and they came gunning right from the onset. The Fish put up two early runs in the first inning versus rookie Tyler Lyons, and those came in part thanks to two hot hitters. Juan PIerre, embattled as he has been all season, has quietly picked up hits this month and did so again today, singling to lead things off. Following a Giancarlo Stanton double, the rarely-seen Justin Ruggiano delivered for the Fish with a two-run RBI single to give the Marlins their first runs.
It seemed that that would have been enough with Ricky Nolasco on the mound today. Nolasco struck out four in seven innings while walking one and giving up just three hits. He shut down the vaunted Cardinals offense while fooling their hitters a-plenty; Nolasco got 12 swings and misses in 99 pitches, a 12.1 percent mark that once again signals the return of strikeout-Nolasco. He left the game after seven innings with a win firmly in hand.
The Marlins did not stop scoring runs, however, as the team poured in five more after the first inning. All that was thanks in part to multi-hit days from Pierre, Ruggiano, and Placido Polanco, who had two singles and a two-RBI double to his name. Only one Marlins starting player, Ed Lucas, failed to reach base. That includes Nolasco himself, who drew two walks and scored a run for his cause.