Hero of the Game: Justin Ruggiano (0.421 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Koyie Hill (-0.327 WPA)
Play of the Game: Nolan Arenado doubled to left field in the sixth inning. Michael Cuddyer scored. (-0.195 WPA)
The Miami Marlins stayed close in this game and had the game-tying and game-winning runners on base in the ninth inning, but just like in the first game in this series between the Fish and the Colorado Rockies, the Marlins failed to deliver enough to get the victory. Part of the problem is that they had a mediocre pitching performance from Jacob Turner, who has been on a complete slide in the last three starts. Today, Turner walked just one batter and struck out, but he gave up four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings as well.
Three of the first four Rockies runs off of Turner came in the second inning. The Fish allowed three straight baserunners with two singles and a walk, one of those hits driving in a run. Another run came home on an error by Donovan Solano that got the lineout but also allowed the runner to score. A sacrifice fly gave the Rockies a 3-0 early lead.
The Fish began chipping away at that lead in the fourth inning, when Justin Ruggiano hit his 15th home run of the year to the opposite field. The solo shot was his third homer of the home stand, and he tacked on some more offense in the fourth. The Marlins had the first five baserunners reach, including Ruggiano, who singled home the team's second run of the inning. The team had the bases loaded before Koyie Hill hit into a devastating double play that helped end the inning after Miami scored just two runs.
Ruggiano went 2-for-2 with two walks and the two hits mentioned in the losing effort, but Miami could not muster any more offense. After Nolan Arenado doubled home a run on Turner's final plate appearance, both teams mustered very little offense. But it was that double that ended up being the game-winner, as the Marlins lose 4-3.