Hero of the Game: Greg Dobbs (0.154 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jose Fernandez (-0.377 WPA)
Play of the Game: Jordan Brown doubled in the fifth inning. Rob Brantly scored. Greg Dobbs advanced to third base. (+0.129 WPA)
The Miami Marlins did not get a good outing from Jose Fernandez, on whom they were counting. But surprisingly, the Fish did get a good outing from their offense, which put up six runs in support of the team;s pitching staff. Unfortunately for the Marlins, that was the exact number of runs Fernandez gave up in just three innings of work.
Fernandez started the game fairly well, putting up three strikeouts in the first inning. But the second inning saw a series of mistakes from the young ace-in-the-making. Fernandez walked James Loney and Luke Scott before hitting Desmond Jennings with a pitch, quickly loading the bases up with no one out. That was followed by three straight run-scoring plays, as Jose Molina, former Marlin Yunel Escobar, and Ben Zobrist each drove in a run using only one out. Two batters later, Kelly Johnson hit the first of his two home runs, and the Rays delivered six runs in the second inning.
Fernandez would get through the third inning with two more strikeouts before running into trouble in the fourth, leading to him leaving the game in favor of Duane Below. It took Fernandez 87 pitches to go through 3 1/3 innings, but he also got 10 whiffs in those 87 pitches and struck out six of the 20 batters faced. The 30 percent strikeout rate and 11.4 percent swinging strike rate did not make up for his awful control during the game, and that bit him in a big second inning.
But the Marlins did not give up after going down 6-0. The Fish put up three runs in the fourth inning, starting off with Justin Ruggiano's eighth home run of the season. The team pulled out four hits in the fourth to get their three runs. The rally started again in the sixth inning, as the team loaded the bases on two hits and a walk with no one out. Greg Dobbs delivered with a double and the team scored three runs again in the inning.
But Kelly Johnson sealed the game with a three-run shot in the eigth inning, and the Fish lost again.