The Marlins can now find themselves at the bottom of the NL East standings, seven games back of first place, currently inhabited by the New York Mets. Although it's not time to put too much thought into the standings, this new revelation is discomforting to most Fish fans, as we undoubtedly expected more from this team, especially against a struggling (but now surging) Diamondbacks team.
Miami's starting pitcher, Tom Koehler, put together an impressive performance on the mound tonight, allowing two runs off of five hits in 6 2/3 innings, fanning three Diamondbacks. His last two starts, excluding tonight, have all been quality; however, he received no run support at all in those outings, ultimately resulting in no decisions for him. Tonight was no different, and Koehler was given a no decision, once again, despite giving up solely two runs through nearly seven innings.
Arizona struck first in the top of the 4th inning, when David Peralta scored on a Dee Gordon throwing error off of a Tuffy Gosewisch (great baseball name) ground ball. Later in that inning, Nick Ahmed reached first on a bunt to third baseman Martin Prado, who was unable to get Yasmany Tomas out at the plate, giving the D-Backs a 2-0 lead.
The master of power, Giancarlo Stanton, gave the Marlins their first runs of the day, homering to left center, with Dee Gordon on base. Stanton's 12th home run on the season tied the ball game at two runs apiece.
After a pitching change in the 8th inning, Mike Dunn (Walter White?) took over for Miami on the mound. It wasn't until long until he gave Arizona the lead. With one man on with 1 out, A.J. Pollack took Dunn deep to left field, giving the Diamondbacks the lead again, 4-2.
The Fish would put together some sort of a rally, with Justin Bour and Christian Yelich reaching third and first, respectively. However, with two outs, Michael Morse was incapable of doing any damage, striking out on a pitch in the dirt, to give the D-Backs their second win in a row, BOTH against the Marlins.
This game will be another heavily scrutinized performance by the club that we all love, no matter how frustrating they can be. The managerial change will still be questioned, but, what else is new? The Marlins played hard, and that's all that counts. Right?
Hero of the Game: A.J. Pollack (+.363)
Goat of the Game: Mike Dunn (-.339)
Play of the Game: A.J. Pollack two-run homer in the 8th, off Mike Dunn (+.363)