The Miami Marlins were hoping for a low-scoring affair while facing a good starter in Arizona Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin. The team sent out Justin Nicolino in the hopes that he could hold off some offense from a Diamondbacks roster flanking Paul Goldschmidt with Rickie Weeks in the cleanup spot.
It was not something to scoff at early on. Miami got down 2-1 early on with a couple of runs in the second inning off of Nicolino, who was not nearly as sharp as he was against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the second inning, Nicolino loaded the bases with no one out off of two singles and a walk and allowed a couple of outs to drive in two runs. The Fish did take the early lead with a run off of a Christian Yelich grounder, but Arizona immediately took it back with this run.
Nicolino did not look much better beyond the second inning. He allowed less than two baserunners on board in only one of his remaining four innings out there, and while he walked three batters in total, he still did not record a strikeout. He also gave up a two-run homer to Wellington Castillo in the sixth inning to put Miami down 4-1.
Luckily for the Fish, Corbin struggled just as badly, particularly in the sixth inning. Giancarlo Stanton walked and scored one batter later when Marcell Ozuna launched his fifth home run of the season out to deep left field. The two-run shot put Miami back in the game, but the Fish were not done yet with that inning. Corbin was pulled, but Miami forced a bases-loaded situation with two consecutive walks off of Andrew Chafin and a controversial but ultimately sustained hit-by-pitch call in which Derek Dietrich sold being clipped in several body parts by Jake Barrett's glancing fastball. Ichiro Suzuki then pinch-hit for Miami and delivered once again, knocking home two runs with a single to put Miami up 5-4.
The team put in two more runs over the next few innings, most notably with a Christian Yelich bomb to left field that hit off of the second deck advertisements. The team of Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps, and closer A.J. Ramos finished off a close game as the team scored six unanswered runs to pick up the 7-4 win.
Hero of the Game: Ichiro Suzuki (+0.224 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Justin Nicolino (-0.167 WPA)
Play of the Game: Ichiro singled in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Chris Johnson and Adeiny Hechavarria scored. Derek Dietrich advanced to second base. (+0.224 WPA)