The Miami Marlins thought last night's contest versus the Arizona Diamondbacks was more fun in comeback mode, so Brad Hand and company decided to help in that regard. Hand allowed two home runs in the first inning, a two-run shot by Aaron Hill and a solo bomb from Cliff Pennington, and put the Marlins in the hole early 3-0. The Fish found themselves in the same deficit that they faced on Thursday night, when they came back and won in extras.
Hand, for the most part, at least settled down the rest of the way. He walked two and struck out two after that first inning and ran into some trouble in the fifth, but did not allow any more runs through. Hand handed it off to the bullpen after seven innings and six shutout frames beyond the first, and Sam Dyson and Bryan Morris came in and quieted the Diamondbacks' bats.
The Marlins struck back early, in the bottom of the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton started off with an RBI single after consecutive hits by Christian Yelich and Donovan Solano. Garrett Jones later singled home a run and left the Fish in a situation with runners on first and second. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit into a critical double play to end the frame.
That would be a recurring theme in tonight's contest. The Marlins hit into four double plays on the night, and Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee were the primary culprits. Each player hit into two double plays, and they all came at rough times for Miami. In the fourth, Solano and Stanton walked before McGehee grounded into an inning-ending double play. In the eighth, McGehee and Jeff Baker got aboard before Salty ended another inning with a double play. Both Saltalamacchia and McGehee ended up with more than -0.200 WPA in negative influence in the game.
Trevor Cahill did not impress with three strikeouts and three walks, but the Marlins' inability to take advantage of its baserunners led to a lost game.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.125 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (-0.334 WPA)
Play of the Game: Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded into a double play in the eighth inning, Jeff Baker out at second. (-0.231 WPA)