Thunder and lightning lit up the sky at the same time as Marlins hitters were lighting up Eddie Butler. The Fish secured their third straight victory thanks to an ineffective Butler, an effective Tom Koehler and a very effective Marlins hitting attack that compiled 11 hits on the night.
Miami got it going early. In the second inning Marcell Ozuna reached base on an infield single. Christian Yelich followed with a single to right which moved Ozuna up to third. Realmuto then hit a single to right to score the first run of the game, 1-0 Fish. After an Adeiny Hechavarria walk, Tom Koehler helped himself out by putting the ball in play, grounding out to third and allowing Yelich to score, 2-0 Marlins.
In the third inning Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo homerun, something that he never does. It was mashed into dead center field, 452 feet, gone in any ballpark. 3-0 Marlins.
Moving on to the fifth inning, Martin Prado, Stanton and Justin Bour hit consecutive singles to load the bases. Ozuna then hit into a fielder's choice to score Prado and up the score to 4-0 Fish.
Finally in the sixth inning, J.T. Realmuto led off with a stand-up triple on a ball that bounced just beyond right fielder Carlos Gonzalez's grasp. Hech followed up with a single to score Realmuto and moved up to 2nd base after Koehler sacrificed him over. Dee Gordon then hit an easy double to bring in Hech and bring our score to 6-0 Marlins.
The Rockies would get to Koehler a bit in the seventh with Troy Tulowitzki driving in a run for Colorado, but Koehler would leave the game with the lead having pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts. It was the outing he needed as the Marlins are definitely going to have some interesting decisions to make when they begin to shuffle starters back into the rotation next week...
...suddenly I was awakened from slumber by the dulcet tones of Tommy Hutton, the game having been astonishingly restarted after an hour and fifty four minute delay. Vin Mazzaro came in and promptly gave up a run making it 6-2 Marlins and giving the 36 fans left in attendance something to cheer for, but AJ Ramos came in and slammed the door shut, showing them all that they had just sat through the delay for nothing.
The Marlins and Rockies play in game two
tomorrow, 4:10 EST.
Hero of the Game: Tom Koehler (+.323)
Goat of the Game: Eddie Butler (-.176)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton solo homerun in the third (+.081)