The Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres mustered one run a piece, but that was all they could find in an offensively oppressing Petco Park in the first game of their four-game series. It took 11 innings until Miami broke free, and even then it required a critical two-out error that played a role in the difference in the Marlins' 3-1 extra innings win.
Jacob Turner and the Marlins gave up the first salvo to opposing starter Ian Kennedy, who blasted his first home run of his career in the second inning after Turner had a difficult first. To his credit, however, Turner settled down shortly thereafter. The righty, having just returned from a shoulder injury, gave up five hits total and struck out four with a lone walk in six innings. The home run aside, it was a relatively successful evening for a pitcher needing to make a slow progression to success.
Miami could not initially solve Kennedy on the other hand. The team's first hit and baserunner came in the fifth inning, after Kennedy had already whiffed eight Marlins hitters. His first true mistakes came in the sixth, when Miami capitalized with two outs. A Christian Yelich double, followed by a Derek Dietrich single, was enough to tie the game, but Miami could not score further with the bases loaded. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out to end their threat.
There were a lot of strikeouts on the Marlins' side. The Fish whiffed 17 times in total, with each member of the lineup striking out at least once. Saltalamacchia held the worst distinction, as he achieved the "Golden Sombrero" of four strikeouts on the night.
Miami finally pushed through in the 11th inning, after a major Padres mistake. With two outs, Dale Thayer got Dietrich to ground a pitch innocently to second, but Jedd Gyorko bobbled it and failed to get the out. The error brought up Giancarlo Stanton, who did not mess up. Stanton launched a wall scraper to deep center field that got through for his 11th home run of the season and gave Miami a two-run lead.
Steve Cishek pitched a benign bottom half to earn his seventh save of the year.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.432 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (-0.169 WPA)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton homered to center field. Derek Dietrich scored. (+0.494 WPA)