Hero of the Game: Tom Koehler (0.438 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Donovan Solano (-0.156 WPA)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton doubled in the first inning. Ed Lucas scored. (+0.091 WPA)
See what a difference a run (or three) makes?
The Miami Marlins jumped out to an early lead in the first inning versus Drew Pomeranz and the Colorado Rockies, breaking the team's 37-inning scoreless streak. With those runs, the Fish finally snagged a lead in a game for the first time since before the All-Star break, and the team never looked back. Giancarlo Stanton's double opened the (relatively small) floodgates, as his RBI hit put him in scoring position to be driven in two batters later with a Placido Polanco sacrifice fly.
The Marlins continued to score in the third inning, as Ed Lucas led off the inning with his second home run of the season. Lucas had those two hits in five plate appearances, but he was instrumental in two of the three Marlins' runs by getting on base tonight. Stanton also found himself on base plenty of times, as the Rockies wanted nothing to do with him at the plate; he not only doubled in the first, but he walked twice after that.
But as fun as it was to see the Marlins actually score some runs for a change, the night belonged to Tom Koehler, who posted his best outing of his Major League career. Against a fairly potent Rockies lineup, Koehler was brilliant, fanning seven batters while walking none. He did give up eight hits, including three to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and two to Troy Tulowitzki. One of Tulowitzki's knocks was a solo shot to deep center field that gave the Rockies their only run. Outside of those two players, the Rockies did not get a clear handle on Koehler, who induced 12 swings and misses in 93 efficient pitches. Particularly devastating today was Koehler's slider, which got six of those 12 whiffs in only 18 pitches thrown.
Steve Cishek came in in the ninth inning and notched two strikeouts en route to a 18th save of the season.