The Rockies had been pretty hot coming into this one, winning eight of their last ten ballgames, but the Marlins shut that right down with a little homecooking: Some solid pitching by the staff and some timely hitting by a couple of Marlins outfielders, and the Marlins came out victorious by a score of 5-1.
I have to say solid pitching because anytime you give up a solitary hit to the opposition you can't call it anything else. When that lone hit first arises in the sixth inning, maybe you feel like you're under-selling the performance a bit. That being said, Adam Conley did in fact walk five guys and a couple of those walks figured into the Rockies lone run, which occurred when Conley plunked Ryan Raburn with the bases juiced in the sixth.
Nevertheless, Conley would exit having also struck out five and effectively pitching around the other men on base, pitching a no-hitter through five. Nick Wittgren, Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and Dustin McGowan would combine for three and a third's scoreless innings, not allowing a single Rockie to reach base...an excellent showing out of the pen.
The Marlins really couldn't get anything cooking against Rockies starter Jon Gray until the sixth inning. With Martin Prado aboard, Christian Yelich put up the first Marlins runs of the game with a two run blast to make it 2-1 Fish.
In the seventh with Gray out of the game, Ichiro! pinch-hit for Kyle Barraclough and singled to center (2,980 career). Martin Prado followed up with a double to plate Ichiro! making it 3-1 Marlins...but the offense wasn't done yet. After Yelich and Marcell Ozuna walked, Giancarlo Stanton came up to the plate with the Bags Full of Fish, and he did not dissapoint, smacking a hard single into center to drive in a couple and putting the proverbial nail in the coffin at 5-1 Marlins.
The Marlins now sit at 35-32. The Braves beat the Mets (proving that they can indeed beat a team other than the Marlins), and the Cardinals are losing as I type this, so the Marlins may sit a mere .5 games back in the Wild Card race and are very much in the thick of things in mid-June.
Tomorrow it will be Tyler Chatwood going for the Rockies and Wei-Yin Chen pitching for the Marlins, 4:10 ET in game two.
Hero of the game: Christian Yelich (.308)
Flounder of the game: Mark Reynolds (-.123)
Play of the game: Yelich homers in the sixth, scoring Prado (.341)