Hero of the Game: Alex Sanabia (0.163 WPA). I'll also give credit for Stanton and his mammoth home run (0.084 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Mike Dunn (-0.178 WPA)
Play of the Game: David DeJesus singled in the seventh inning. Welington Castillo scored. Julio Borbon advanced to third base. (-0.218 WPA)
The Miami Marlins once again stayed close throughout the entire game against the Chicago Cubs, as the Fish and Cubbies were tied 2-2 through six innings of play. The Cubs scored on a multitude of early hits and another costly error by Giancarlo Stanton on defense. The Marlins scored on home runs, which is an oddity for them given their complete lack of power to start the season. In the end, one just eked past the other as the Cubs won their third straight, 3-2 over the Fish.
On the #minorvictories side of things, the Marlins finally broke out the power bats late into the month of April. Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of the season, a 472-foot monstrosity that cleared the left field scoreboard that he once demolished and triggered the Monstrosity in center field itself. Just one inning later, Miguel Olivo followed up with his own two-out solo home run to tie the game at the time at 2-2.
It would remain this way until the seventh inning, when Mike Dunn came in to relieve Alex Sanabia with a crucial situation at the plate. With two outs and the lefty Borbon pinch-hitting for Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, manager Mike Redmond sent out Dunn to face two consecutive lefties. Dunn then proceeded to walk Borbon and allow a base hit to DeJesus, and the resulting run turned out to be the game winner.
The Marlins will break out the broom busters to prevent a sweep tomorrow afternoon with Ricky Nolasco on the bump.