Hero of the Game: Jeff Mathis (0.161 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Mike Dunn (-0.177 WPA)
Play of the Game: Ian Desmond singled to center field in the seventh inning. Denard Span scored. Jayson Werth advanced to second base. (-0.222 WPA)
The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals each got a healthy dose of the other team's bullpen, as both starters Henderson Alvarez and Stephen Strasburg were knocked out early in the game thanks to an hour-plus rain delay. Perhaps that is the reason why both teams picked up 10 hits and hit home runs in a game decided primarily by the long ball.
The Nationals got on board first, as Alvarez gave up a run-scoring double to Steve Lombardozzi right before the rain came down hard and sent the players into the dugout. One inning later, Alvarez's replacement, Ryan Webb, also gave up a double to Bryce Harper that scored Ryan Zimmerman from first. With the pens in, it looked like it might be a long game for the Fish.
However, Jeff Mathis and Giancarlo Stanton had other ideas. Mathis led off the fifth with a solo shot to get the Fish on the board. The well-struck ball to left only pales in comparison to the one hit in the next inning, as Stanton led off the sixth with a long-ball to dead center field that was a no-doubter. That tied the game up, and Mathis delivered later in the inning with a single to bring home Donovan Solano.
The disappointing thing about that inning was that the Fish failed to capitalize. They had runners on first and third with no outs before Adeiny Hecahavarria failed to drive home Logan Morrison from third. After Mathis's single, Greg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano got out and failed to put up more runs.
Those runs would have been nice since Jayson Werth led off the bottom half of that frame with a solo shot of his own. The game was then tied, and an inning later, the Marlins gave up the winning run. The Fish intentionally walked Werth with a runner on second and two outs and Mike Dunn on the mound, opting the face the simiarly right-handed Ian Desmond. Desmond responded by bringing the run home with a single.