Hero of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (0.198 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Tom Koehler (-0.194 WPA)
Play of the Game: Derek Dietrich homered in the eighth inning (+0.265 WPA)
The Miami Marlins fell behind early in this series finale versus the New York Mets, but the team's offense proved to be a sleeping giant for once. While today featured the triumphant return of Logan Morrison to the starting lineup it was the performance (2-for-5 with two singles and a walk), it was the rookies who eventually ended up delivering in the clutch for the Fish. Marcell Ozuna came up big first, hitting a long two-run triple in the sixth inning with the Fish down 4-1. Ed Lucas and Derek Dietrich scored on the Ozuna triple off the bottom of the wall in deep right-center field, and the Fish brought themselves right back into the game.
Then Dietrich contributed his own run-driving fun, as he launched a laser that traveled quickly over the right field fence in Citi Field and tied the game at four runs apiece in the eighth inning. For Dietrich, it was his fifth home run of the season and the third versus a left-handed pitcher.
The Marlins and Mets, following passable performances by both Tom Koehler and Jon Niese, found themselves tied up at 4-4 past the ninth inning, signaling extras once again after the 20-inning marathon matchup yesterday afternoon. This time, however, the Fish wasted little time pulling off some runs, as they scored four in the 10th inning to stake an 8-4 lead that would hold up. That inning was keyed by two early singles by Morrison and Justin Ruggiano, followed by a critical error on a difficult ground ball hop from Adeiny Hechavarria to Daniel Murphy, leading to the first run. It was capped off by Miguel Olivo's two-run pinch-hit home run that helped keep the Fish on top.
The Marlins sweep their second straight series versus the Mets. The Fish are now 8-3 versus New York this season while posting a pathetic 10 wins in their remaining 51 games.