Henderson Alvarez did everything he could to get the Miami Marlins their series win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins starter threw seven strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits, the sole run being on a homer by Kolten Wong. He struck out three and walked along the way and lowered his ERA for the season down to 2.27. But Alvarez's contributions were not only on the mound. He put up with the stick as well, as he contributed three hits to the Marlins' cause. Included in those hits was a ridiculous bloop single and a grounder well in the infield that he ran down before Wong was able to casually make the throw to first.
Alvarez's hits were fairly important, as he played a big role in sparking one of the Marlins' two big innings. Casey McGehee drove in Miami's first run of the day in the first following a Christian Yelich single. But the Fish stranded multiple runners throughout the day, including two bases-loaded situations with two outs. But then the sixth came around and Miami broke through. Alvarez led that inning off with a single, and the Fish got runners on second and third by the time two outs rolled around. The Cardinals intentionally walked McGehee, but Marcell Ozuna delivered a single up the middle that drove in two runs. Jeff Baker followed with a hit that brought home McGehee and made it a 4-0 game.
It was 4-1 by the eighth inning, and the Fish faced Jason Motte. Giancarlo Stanton singled, his second hit of the day, and McGehee walked to start things off. Jeff Baker singled home the first run of the inning to make it 5-1, then Jarrod Saltalamacchia topped it off with a sky-high homer to the right field bullpen. The three-run shot blew it wide open at 8-1.
Hero of the Game: Henderson Alvarez (0.324 WPA + 0.044 WPA hitting)
Goat of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (-0.105 WPA)
Play of the Game: Marcell Ozuna singled in the sixth inning. Henderson Alvarez and Christian Yelich score. (+0.182 WPA)