Andrew Heaney and the Miami Marlins appeared to be cruising after the first inning passed without a hitch versus the Oakland Athletics. Unlike the first two games of the series, the Fish fended off Oakland from scoring in the first inning, and things appeared to be going well for the young lefty.
He even got some early run support from the returning Christian Yelich. Yelich launched a pitch in his leadoff plate appearance well into deep right center field. The ball careened off the wall and Yelich turned the afterburners on, heading for third base sliding in with a triple. However, the throw came in and skipped past Josh Donaldson at third, and Yelich alertly took off for home to score the first run of the game.
Heaney smoothly took care of business until the sixth inning. He got two quick outs to begin the inning, including his fourth strikeout of the day, until trouble began. Alberto Callaspo and Yoenis Cespedes got softly-hit singles into the infield, and Donaldson drove in the tying run with a hit just past Ed Lucas at shortstop. Nate Freiman, who was just called up from Triple-A last night, took the very next pitch deep to left field and into the Clevelander bar for a three-run homer to put Oakland ahead 4-1.
Miami struck back in the bottom of the sixth, when Marcell Ozuna pinch hit for Heaney and drove an opposite field homer to the home bullpen. The team then scored another run in the seventh against Tommy Milone, as Jeff Baker hit a long fly ball out that got Casey McGehee home on a sacrifice fly. It was one of many hard-hit balls in those two innings that were swallowed up by Marlins Park and the A's outfield.
But much like the last two nights, the Fish fell just short of pulling off the win. The team got baserunners on in the eighth and ninth inning, but they could not find the hit to bring them home, and the A's finished off a sweep of Miami with the 4-3 win.
Hero of the Game: Casey McGehee (0.147 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Andrew Heaney (-0.297 WPA)
Play of the Game: Nate Freiman hit a home run in the sixth inning. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson scored. (-0.396 WPA)