Stanton Powers Fish
Giancarlo Stanton was the reason the Marlins won on Monday night. Responsible for 75 percent of the Marlins runs, Stanton got things started in the sixth when Patrick Corbin left a 2-0 fastball in the center of the plate. Stanton sent it soaring into the left-field bleachers.
At moments after coming off of Stanton's bat, the ball must have been one hundred feet off of the ground. Stanton's bomb tied up the game and gave Miami a little bit of momentum that they lacked all game.
Later, in the top of the ninth, with the score still tied at 2-2, Stanton struck again. Heath Bell, of all pitchers, gave Stanton a 1-2, 95 mile per hour fastball up in the zone, and Stanton made him pay. This one was a line drive shot into the right-center field bleachers. I'm sure this game had even more Marlins fans wondering why the Marlins would ever want to trade a game-changing talent like Stanton?
Turner Relies on Defense
In just his third start since being called up, Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner pitched well enough to win. Even though he only went five innings, Turner allowed only two earned runs, and continued to fail to disappoint. Turner struck out five, but gave up three walks, and six hits.
The only reason he didn't give up more runs was his ability to get out of sticky situations with help from his defense. For example, in the second inning, the D-Backs had runners on first and second with only one out. Turner struck out Patrick Corbin on a failed bunt attempt, then got Gerardo Parra to ground out to Adeiny Hechavarria.
Later, Turner escaped a scary fourth inning when he had a runner in scoring in position with no outs by a ground out, a pop out, and a strikeout. Turner didn't have his best stuff on Monday night, but he used his defense to get him out of whatever kind of mess he was. This start positively showed Turner's maturity and raw potential.