The Miami Marlins were going for the sweep in today's contest versus the Cincinnati Reds, and in the first inning, things were looking up. Giancarlo Stanton took Johnny Cueto deep again, this time with a hooking line drive shot that had enough speed to go fair for his 29th home run of the season, and the Fish took an early 1-0 lead.
Brad Hand took the mound and promptly gave that lead up, however. In the bottom of the frame, Devin Mesoraco brought Jay Bruce home with a two-run shot to snag that lead back for the Reds. Miami came back and threw the long ball at Cueto again, as Casey McGehee launched his third shot of the season out to tie up the game at two runs apiece by the fourth inning.
There appeared, at that point, to be a stalemate. Both Cueto and Hand had seemingly settled down, but the fifth inning arrived and so did Mesoraco again. Hand gave up a walk to Ramon Santiago and a single to Zack Cozart, and a bunt by Cueto moved runners to second and third. Kristopher Negron popped out to center field, but Hand continued to miss the plate. He walked Bruce and Todd Frazier in consecutive plate appearances to hand the lead back over to the Reds, and Mesoraco delivered the killing blow with a huge grand slam, his second homer of the game and 20th of the season.
The Fish could not recover, and thus the team falls to 57-60 on the season.
Hero of the Game: Casey McGehee (0.147 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Brad Hand (-0.451 WPA)
Play of the Game: Devin Mesoraco homered in the fifth inning. Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce, and Todd Frazier scored. (-0.223 WPA)