Hero of the Game: Jose Fernandez (0.349 WPA)
Goat of the Game: A.J. Ramos (-0.208 WPA)
Play of the Game: Greg Dobbs hits a single to second base that ricochets off of Kevin Frandsen's glove in the ninth inning. Placido Polanco advances to third (+0.231 WPA)
The Miami Marlins record just their second win of the season, this time beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. The Fish pull it off behind another strong performance from rookie pitcher and top prospect Jose Fernandez, who had an all-around excellent game. He struck out five batters and walked just two in six innings of work. He allowed just two hits and shut out the Phillies, once again making an NL East foe look silly with his mid-90's fastball and tight curveball.
However, Fernandez was not done just on the mound. He also recorded his first hit of his major league career, and it also drove in his first career RBI. Adeiny Hechavarria connected on a two-out triple in the fifth inning, and Fernandez followed with the base hit to drive in the team's first run.
The Marlins offense otherwise looked baffled by Cole Hamels, who recovered from his awful first two starts to strike out five hitters and walk three in six innings. The Fish tallied just two hits against Hamels, but it was in the ninth inning against Phillipe Aumont that the Marlins did their most damage. Placido Polanco walked, followed by a ricochet infield hit by Greg Dobbs that moved Polanco to third base with no one out. After Austin Kearns failed to deliver the winning run, Chris Coghlan hit a tapper to second base that gave Polanco just enough time and Chase Utley just enough trouble to bring home the winning Marlins run.
The Phillies and Marlins will battle tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm EST, with Roy Halladay and Kevin Slowey taking the mound.