The Miami Marlins started out tonight's game against the Colorado Rockies with two small-ball runs in the second inning to open up scoring. Who knew that, by the end of the game, the Fish would be embarking on long innings against a taxed Rockies bullpen and launching home runs into the Ozone tonight?
The Fish began the night against lefty Franklin Morales, and it only took until the second inning to find a way to get to him. The team loaded the bases with three consecutive singles and used two "productive outs" to score the first two runs of the night. That included Henderson Alvarez providing the sacrifice fly that made the game a 2-0 contest early.
The Marlins continued the onslaught, however. In the third, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Jeff Baker, and Ozuna hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Stanton from third. The Fish were up 4-0 early, in large part thanks to Baker and Stanton. Both players ended the night with three hits, and Baker doubled twice on the evening.
But Alvarez could not keep the Rockies at bay thanks to the home run. Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer to cut the lead in half at the bottom of the third. A few innings later, with Miami trying to pull away again with a 6-2 lead, Corey Dickerson homered in two runs with a two-out bomb. The game was at 6-4 at that point.
Alvarez finished the night with six innings pitched, four runs allowed on two homers, but five strikeouts and no walks.
Then Miami turned on a new, more dangerous offensive switch. The Rockies could not stop walking Marlins batters, who drew nine walks on the evening along with 16 hits. That was evident in the fifth, when Miami loaded the bases and got two runs home in large part thanks to three walks. But the big inning was in the ninth, with the Marlins hanging onto a 7-4 lead. The Fish got aboard with a hit-by-pitch and two walks against Boone Logan. Stanton singled home two runs, and two batters later, Ozuna launched his 18th home run of the season into left field and turned the game into an outright laugher.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.135 WPA)
Goat of the Game: No one
Play of the Game: Corey Dickerson homered to right field in the fifth inning. Nolan Arenado scored. (-0.138 WPA)