Hero of the Game: Alex Sanabia (0.373 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-0.076 WPA)
Play of the Game: Greg Dobbs homered in the second inning (0.114 WPA)
The Miami Marlins found their stash of runs, and it was apparently hidden underneath the New York Mets in Citi Field. The Marlins exploded for a five-run sixth inning, and the Fish added insurance runs that they apparently all needed, as the bullpen slowly began surrendering what begun as a 6-0 lead.
The Fish started the game with a Greg Dobbs home run, but it was the seventh inning that opened up the game, as the Marlins sent nine batters to the plate and drove in five runs. Hits by Placido Polanco, Justin Ruggiano, and Rob Brantly along with a series of mess-ups by the Mets led to a five-run inning that blew the game wide open, 6-0. Ruggiano provides offensive sparks by shooting two doubles in the game and driving two runs in along the way.
One would think that, for the Marlins, a 6-0 lead would be more than enough, thanks to a solid, if defensively-influenced performance by Alex Sanabi. But for the Fish, tonight that was almost not enough. Daniel Murphy launched a three-run home run off of Chad Qualls and cut the lead in half. Then Steve Cishek leaked two more runs on two hits after staking a 7-3 lead. Cishek finally finished off the inning, collecting two impressive strikeouts along the way, but the Marlins still gave their fans plenty of palpitations before clinching their first win of the season.