The Miami Marlins had a chance again.
They had a lead again.
And Steve Cishek could not hold that lead again.
For the second straight game, the Marlins' efforts to establish a one-run lead were erased by Cishek in the ninth inning, as the Dodgers earned a walk-off victory over the Fish. The game was a close one from the onset, with starting pitchers Tom Koehler and Zack Greinke dueling through seven innings.
Koehler ran into issues in the fourth inning, as he has all season long, but was fortunate to only come away with one run allowed. He was able to get away with just one run allowed, but the following inning found him staring baserunners again. However, after a Scott Van Slyke double and a Joc Pederson walk, a Jimmy Rollins flyout to Giancarlo Stanton triggered a double play at first base that bailed Koehler out of another potentially tough inning.
Between Stanton, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Dee Gordon (who failed to extend his hitting streak tonight), the Marlins flashed a lot of leather to keep the game close behind Koehler, who struck out five but walked four in his six innings.
Miami was down 1-0 and looked in dire straits before Marcell Ozuna launched a seventh-inning home run into deep left field to tie the game against Greinke. The Fish continued the rally in the seventh by loading the bases up, with Christian Yelich making it to third after a single, a Michael Morse hit, and J.T. Realmuto walk. However, with the bases juiced and one out, Adeiny Hechavarria lined out to left field and Van Slyke loaded up and just threw out Yelich at home.
One inning later, it was Yelich's mistake that cost Miami the tie game. He overran a Van Slyke single and cost the team a base. Two batters late, Pederson drove him home from second and put the Dodgers up 2-1.
It would stay that way until the ninth inning. Yimi Garcia came in to save it, but after striking out Stanton, he yielded a walk to Ozuna. One pitch later, Yelich redeemed himself with an opposite field home run that put the Marlins up 3-2.
This would have been safe were it not for Steve Cishek, who struggled again to find the plate effectively. With one out, Cishek walked Yasmani Grandal and yielded a single to Andre Ethier after getting ahead 0-2. One pitch later, Van Slyke delivered again, homering for the walk-off victory.
Hero of the Game: Christian Yelich (+0.771 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Steve Cishek (-0.824 WPA)
Play of the Game: Scott Van Slyke hits a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. (-0.687 WPA)