Hero of the Game: Donovan Solano (0.253 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Chris Coghaln (-0.095 WPA)
Play of the Game: Christian Yelich doubled to center field in the fifth inning. Tom Koehler scored. Donovan Solano advanced to third base. (+0.186 WPA)
The Miami Marlins took another September game for themselves when they defeated the Chicago Cubs tonight 6-2. Despite the score, this game remained close until the later stages, when the Fish picked up insurance runs.
The game started off for the Fish with missed opportunities, as they got a runner on second base three times in the first three innings only to strand them by inning's end. Meanwhile, Tom Koehler was holding down the fort against the Cubs' lineup, having struck out three batters in the first four innings.
However, somehow everything was flipped in the reverse by the fifth. Koehler got the Marlins started with a leadoff single, and that eventually led to a single by Donovan Solano and three runs by the end of the inning. Christian Yelich dealt the first blow with an RBI double, followed by Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single. Justin Ruggiano hit a soft grounder which looked at least like an out, but Starlin Castro muffed the ball at shortstop, akin to former Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez circa Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, and allowed the third run home.
Then Koehler struggled at the bottom half of the frame. Brian Bogusevic led off with a home run, and Koehler followed with three walks in four plate appearances. Manager Mike Redmond made the right move to remove Koehler and slot in Dan Jennings, who got the last two outs versus the lefties in the lineup.
The game stayed close until the eighth inning, when the Fish broke out again at the top of the lineup. Donovan Solano drove home a run with a single, followed by another Yelich single to give the Fish three insurance runs to solidify a 6-2 win.