Hero of the Game: Donovan Solano (.309 WPA), I'll also take Giancarlo Stanton (0.289 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Ricky Nolasco (-.244 WPA)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton singled to left. Gorkys Hernandez scored. Jose Reyes advanced to second base. All of this happened in the top of the tenth inning (.329 WPA)
The Marlins came back to win this game Tuesday night. After falling behind 5-0 in the bottom of the first, they did not allow another run the rest of the way. The bullpen was exceptional. The starting pitching was not very good. And the offense did just enough to win this game. Specifically, the speed game was effective for the Fish. Not so much in the stolen bases category. It was effective on just getting on base. That is how the eventual winning run happened. Gorkys Hernandez beat out a grounder. He was sacrificed to second base. On a Carlos Lee fly out, Gorkys advances to third. Then it was up to the hero Giancarlo Stanton. He singled in Hernandez and the eventual winning run.
Marlins Offense Effective
Another 15 hits for the team on this night (after they collected 20 hits on Monday night). The hit brigade was led by Donovan Solano. He finishes three for three with a walk. Gorkys Hernandez, Bryan Petersen, Giancarlo Stanton, and Greg Dobbs all finished with two or more hits. The Fish scored two in the second, three runs in the sixth, and then the final run in the tenth. With forty four at bats, the Fish had penty of opportunities. So far so good in the desert. The Marlins are hitting well as a team in Arizona.
Relief to Win
Six Marlins relievers in total combined to pitch in this one. And luckily neither reliever pitched more than an inning. That means they will be able to contribute today as the teams play a double header. Mike Dunn was the first Marlins reliever out of the pen (Ricky Nolasco only pitched five innings). He was then followed by Ryan Webb, Carlos Zambrano, Heath Bell, and Chad Gaudin. Finally, Steve Cishek picked up his tenth save of the season to close this win out for the Fish. In total the pen pitched five innings, allowed only two hits, and collected six strike outs while giving up no runs.