Mat Latos was aces in his return from the disabled list, and Giancarlo Stanton was...well...himself, driving in all four Marlins runs as they pick up yet another win against the Colorado Rockies, who probably can't wait to leave Miami at this point.
Latos looked sharp from the get-go, striking out the first two Colorado batters before inducing Troy Tulowitzki to pop out. Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton then did his thing in the bottom of the 1st. With Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich already onboard, Stanton plated the first two Marlins runs courtesy a deep double that almost left the yard. 2-0 Fish at this point.
Leaping forward to the sixth, after Tulowitzki had driven in DJ Mathieu to make it 2-1 Marlins, Stanton struck again, driving a 2-2 pitch 377 feet into the left field bleachers for his 23rd homerun of the year, bring the score to 4-1 Marlins where it would remain. Christian Yelich was on base ahead of Stanton yet again, a common theme today and perhaps in the future as Dan Jennings seems to like the new 3-4 alignment.
Latos was everything Fish fans would hope for in this one, pitching through seven innings allowing only four hits, one earned run, two walks and a whopping eleven strikeouts. His fastball reached 95 MPH and he definitely showed signs of his old form, something the Marlins desperately need in their bid to climb back up toward respectability. Sam Dyson, Mike Dunn and finally AJ Ramos closed it out for Miami.
The Marlins go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 PM EST.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (+.291)
Goat of the Game: David Hale (-.201)
Play of the Game: Stanton doubles in Gordon and Yelich in the 1st (+.144)