Hero of the Game: Ed Lucas (0.254 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Nathan Eovaldi (-0.184 WPA)
Play of the Game: Ed Lucas homered in the tenth inning. (+0.349 WPA)
The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies looked early on to be cruising to a pitcher's duel, as Nathan Eovaldi looked dominant early against the Phillies' lineup. In the first three innings, Eovaldi held the Phils to one hit and five strikeouts with no walks. From then until the end of the fifth, however, he walked four batters, failed to strike out a single one, and gave up three runs in an ugly fourth inning. Eovaldi faced nine batters in that ill-fated fourth, and he had a very difficult time finding the strike zone. He walked two hitters and threw a passed ball on a 95 mph fastball that crossed up catcher Jeff Mathis and allowed one of the three runs that inning to score.
The Marlins immediately got back those runs after Christian Yelich singled and Giancarlo Stanton followed up with a mammoth home run that went to another planet: Planet Hoagie out in center field in Citizen's Bank Park. Stanton's long shot was his 23rd home run of the season and tied the game up quickly.
At that point, both teams held their ground firmly, avoiding any runs until we hit extra innings. In the tenth against Cesar Jimenez, Ed Lucas led off the inning and launched one into left field for his fourth homer of the year, giving the Marlins the slim 4-3 lead.
The Fish failed to pad the lead further, and that would become relevant in the bottom frame, when Steve Cishek ran into some trouble and allowed runners on second and third with no one out. He got Darin Ruf to pop out to shallow right field and prevented the run in that way. Cishek then intentionally walked Cody Asche and got a critical strikeout of Roger Bernandina before finishing off the inning for his 31st save and 25th in a row.