The Miami Marlins got this game started the right way in their quest to avoid a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. The Fish got Christian Yelich aboard and Casey McGehee finally launched another home run, a no-doubter to the Clevelander that put Miami up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. The hope was that that would be enough for the Fish, but of course, that was not the case early on.
Brad Hand took the mound for Miami and was effective enough in his performance. On the one hand, he gave up two runs to allow the game to become tied, as he struggled in the third inning. Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro singled with one out, and Buster Posey drove them both in with a double to tie the game.
On the other hand, much of the rest of the performance had good signs. He struck out four and walked only one while giving up six hits, and Hand went seven innings to help out a tired bullpen that was taxed last night thanks to Henderson Alvarez's injury. The fact that Hand lasted that long allowed him to stick around just long enough to pick up his first win as a starter since 2011.
The Marlins picked up the run necessary to give Hand the pitcher win by manufacturing the opportunity and capitalizing on a mistake by starter Tim Lincecum. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, and Jeff Mathis bunted him over to third base. Reed Johnson was sent up to replace Hand as a pinch-hitter, but he did not have to drive in Hechavarria. Lincecum threw a wild pitch that skipped past Posey and allowed Hechavarria to scamper home for the game-winning run.
Bryan Morris and Steve Cishek worked perfect innings to finish off the game, and the Marlins broke their six-game losing streak.
Hero of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (0.163 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-0.084 WPA)
Play of the Game: Buster Posey doubled in the third inning. Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro scored. (-0.220 WPA)