Hero of the Game: Nathan Eovaldi (0.189 WPA)
Goat of the Game: A,J. Ramos (-0.369 WPA)
Play of the Game: Shane Robinson singled to right field. Jon Jay scored on error by Giancarlo Stanton. (-0.438 WPA)
The Miami Marlins held a lead for much of this game. Nathan Eovaldi helped sculpt that lead by limiting the damage done by the St. Louis Cardinals. The righty starter had another mediocre outing on the mound, with only three strikeouts and three walks and two runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings. The Eovaldi official velocity tracker had him at 96.4 mph today, akin to his previous start against the San Diego Padres and a little lower than his first two starts. He also did a better job fooling the Cardinals' hitters, inducing seven swings and misses in 93 pitches at least. He did slightly better at pounding the strike zone as well, throwing 39 balls versus 17 called strikes, good for a 2.3 balls-to-called strikes ratio.
The Fish also put up enough offense, and they did so with power. Logan Morrison started things off with a two-run home run, his fourth homer of the season and his second of the series, in the third inning. The following inning, after the Cardinals scored two in the bottom half of the frame, Derek Dietrich led things off with a solo homer into the bullpen in right field to give the Marlins a 4-2 lead.
That lead should have been larger had the Marlins gotten the right call in the inning on a play at home. Adeiny Hechavarria reached base and eventually made it to third with one out. With the infield drawn in, Eovaldi hit a ground ball to second base and the resulting play at the plate was called an out despite replay showing Hechavarria was clearly on top of home plate when the tag was made. Manager Mike Redmond came out to argue the call and was ejected as a result.
The Marlins gave up the winning runs via the bullpen. With two outs in the seventh inning, Mike Dunn came on to face lefty pinch-hitter Matt Adams with a runner on, and with two strikes, Adams deposited an inside fastball in the seats to tie the game.
In the ninth, A.J. Ramos got two outs before issuing a two-out walk in what was a wild inning out of the zone for him. Pinch hitter Shane Robinson with a single to right field that moved Jay to third, but Giancarlo Stanton's throw was low and Morrison botched the cutoff, allowing the ball to squirt past and allow Jay to score.