Hero of the Game: Giancarlon Stanton (0.100 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Henderson Alvarez (-0.165 WPA)
Play of the Game: Gregor Blanco tripled to center field in the fourth inning. Pablo Sandoval and Roger Kieschnick scored. (-0.147 WPA)
The Miami Marlins were involved in a shootout in the first game of the series, and they fell short of the comeback. Tonight, fewer runs were scored, but the situation was the same. An ugly fourth inning for Henderson Alvarez broke open the game early for the San Francisco Giants, as the Giants took advantage of two walks and three hits, including a Gregor Blanco triple that plated two, to score four runs on the Fish early.
Alvarez's start was looking promising before the fourth inning. He had picked up three strikeouts and no walks with just one hit allowed, and he was looking at a strong outing before the faltering fourth. He finished the night with seven innings pitched and four strikeouts versus four walks, but he at least held the damage to just one inning.
The Fish did not give up after the inning. In the sixth inning, Giancarlo Stanton took one mighty swing against Matt Cain and put two runs on the board. Following a Donovan Solano single, Stanton launched a mammoth home run out to the deepest recesses of left-center field, as he put that ball in the Budweiser bowtie bar in Marlins Park, easily clearing 470-plus feet and putting the Fish back in the game.
Unfortunately, A.J. Ramos struggled coming out of the bullpen in support of the team. In the eighth inning, he walked three consecutive batters to load the bases. He was pulled for Mike Dunn, who walked in one run before an Andres Torres single scored the other.
The Fish looked like they had a chance in the eighth against Santiago Casilla, as Christian Yelich and Donovan Solano reached to start the inning. Logan Morrison doubled home the runs and put the tying man at the plate. But the team failed to get a ht the rest of the way, leading to a 6-4 loss.