Hero of the Game: Tom Koehler (0.176 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Derek Dietrich (-0.137 WPA)
Play of the Game: Gerardo Parra homered in the first inning. (-0.104 WPA)
The good news is that Tom Koehler had an excellent outing and the Miami Marlins stayed in the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks throughout. Koehler had a fantastic start, putting up seven strikeouts in six innings with only two walks. He only allowed more than one baserunner in an inning in his final frame, giving up a walk to Didi Gregorius and a single to the always dangerous Paul Goldschmidt. Outside of that and his lone run, Koehler was stellar, and his 0.176 WPA shows that he was the player who most contributed to the Marlins staying in the game.
The problem is that Koehler's lone run occurred on the first pitch of the first inning, and the Marlins could do nothing to respond. Gerardo Parra's leadoff home run against Koehler was the only run of the game; Koehler allowed just three more hits but otherwise shut out the D'backs. Unfortunately for the Fish, that was enough, as their offense could only squeeze out two walks and three hits. Furthermore, each of the three hits by the Fish were all singles, as Adeiny Hechavarria, Marcell Ozuna, and Chris Coghlan could not muster more than some grounders or liners into the outfield.
Three of the Marlins' five baserunners against starter Brandon McCarthy came in the first inning, when the Fish had their best chance to score. Derek Dietrich was thrown out at home following the Coghlan single, ending the inning and the only scoring threat the Fish had all game.
The Marlins will attempt to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon.