The Miami Marlins continue their winning ways, and this time it was against their nemesis of the early season, the New York Mets. The Fish took two home runs to deposit five of their seven runs of the game and took the decisive third game of the series by a 7-3 margin.
The Fish gave up runs early, as Mat Latos allowed a bomb himself to Michael Cuddyer to put the Fish down 2-0 early. However, Miami waste little time responding. Martin Prado got aboard with a base hit off of Bartolo Colon, and Giancarlo Stanton followed that up with a moonshot of a home run to deep left field for his sixth bomb of the season. Stanton took a meek 83 mph pitch from Colon dead center and at the thighs and Stanton turned on it and put no doubt into that ball.
The game remained tied at two runs apiece for a good while. Latos recovered and ended the night with a passable outing. He struck out three Mets while walking two and gave up three runs. It was not in line with the last two better outings he put up, but Miami was able to help out to keep the runs to a minimum.
It was Stanton who helped deliver the team's game-tying run. Latos singled for himself and the Marlins sent in Donovan Solano as a pinch runner due to a Latos hamstring injury. After a Dee Gordon single, Prado got doubled up but left Solano at third, which gave Stanton the chance to tie the game up with a single.
Gordon brought home the game-leading run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning off of Colon, and the Marlins held onto their narrow lead despite trouble in the eighth inning. Mike Dunn showed up but immediately walked Juan Lagares and got behind 3-1 on Lucas Duda. The Fish's defense came up big again, as a grounder led to 3-6-3 double play. Dunn allowed another baserunner but finished off the inning.
Ichiro and the Marlins were not done compiling insurance. The slender lefty delivered in a big way with runners on first and third and one out, as he took Alex Torres deep down the right field line in a moonshot as well after fighting off a series of tough 1-2 pitches. The three-run homer was the first of Ichiro's Marlins career and put the team up for good.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.296 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Martin Prado (-0.210 WPA)
Play of the Game: Michael Cuddyer homered to left field in the first inning. Lucas Duda scored. (-0.198 WPA)