Hero of the Game: Rob Brantly (0.350 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Chris Coghlan (-0.068 WPA)
Play of the Game: Rob Brantly hit a double in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Ruggiano scored (+0.154 WPA)
The Miami Marlins picked up the night half of the day-night doubleheader versus the Minnesota Twins, and they did so on the back of a surprising aspect: offense. The Fish collected 16 hits and eight runs en route to an 8-5 win over the Twins. Miami scored multiple runs in two different innings, including a three-run outburst in the first capped off by a Rob Brantly double off the right field wall that plated two runners.
Brantly had himself an excellent night at the plate, as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single and four RBI. Brantly's doubles both went off the right field fence, with the second shot going all the way to the scaffolding of the lower deck seats in Target Field. In most parks, Brantly would have left the game with two home runs, but Target Field is a large stadium like Marlins Park, so it resulted in just a long hit.
Brantly was not the only Marlins breaking through a slump, as Giancarlo Stanton picked up two singles as well as two RBI. The bottom of the lineup quietly also added two hits each, as Chris Valaika, Joe Mahoney, and Donovan Solano all got on track versus Twins starter Mike Pelfrey and Minnesota's bullpen.
Meanwhile, the Fish had some minor difficulties holding back the Twins' offense, though the fault did not lie in Ricky Nolasco. He allowed six hits and one walk but three runs came to score against him; however, his four-strikeout outing with no home runs allowed indicates more positive signs, even if his meager five innings of work did not. The rest of the pen struck out four with three walks, including runs allowed by A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn. Steve Cishek picked up his second save of the season in the ninth inning.
The Marlins are off tomorrow before starting a four-game set at home versus the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.