The Miami Marlins were looking for a sweep of the Atlanta Braves, a rare occurrence that would have been completely unexpected in this 2014 season. They sent out Henderson Alvarez, who was coming off of a decent six-inning start his last time out. This time, however, the Marlins saw the problems Alvarez classically had with the home run over his career before Miami. Alvarez allowed two home runs, a three-run homer to B.J. Upton that brought the Braves back into the game and a solo shot by Evan Gattis that gave the Braves the 4-3 lead. Along with four strikeouts and two walks, Alvarez gave up four runs and put the Marlins in the hole late.
But the Fish bounced back from the tough break. After a Garrett Jones no-doubter contributed to three runs for the Fish, Miami found themselves with two baserunners in the seventh inning after Reed Johnson and Christian Yelich got aboard on back-to-back singles. After one out, the Fish delivered with back-to-back singles by Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee, notching two runs and giving Miami the lead.
The Fish held that lead thanks in part to a good decision by manager Mike Redmond. Redmond allowed A.J. Ramos to hold the eighth inning, but after leadoff double by Upton, he allowed a walk that put runners at the corners with two outs. Redmond wasted no time and gave his team the best chance to win by putting Steve Cishek out there to get the last four outs of the game. Cishek wormed his way out of the eighth with a strikeout with the bases loaded, then finished the game off with an easy ninth inning to save it and complete the three-game sweep.
Hero of the Game: Steve Cishek (0.255 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Henderson Alvarez (-0.280 WPA)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton singled in the seventh inning. Reed Johnson scored. Christian Yelich advanced to third base. (+0.303 WPA)