The box score of Sunday's Father's Day game between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies pretty much told the whole story.
Colorado couldn't push home any runs, while a Marcell Ozuna three-run dinger in the bottom of the sixth provided all of the offense the Fish would need in their 3-0 victory.
Miami starter Tom Koehler continued his hot streak of late, giving up just two hits over six frames of work. He walked six batters, but got much-needed strikeouts to help himself out of innings.
On the other side, Colorado pitcher Tyler Anderson did everything he could to match Koehler pitch-for-pitch. He did just that until leaving a pair of base-runners on in the sixth came back to haunt him.
After Ozuna had already gone 2-for-2 against the starter Anderson, Colorado opted to go with the right-hander Miguel Castro. Falling behind 2-0, Castro left a 95-mph fastball in the middle of the plate. Ozuna, recently nicknamed "The Big Bear", crushed the ball beyond the left-center field sculpture to send the home fans into a frenzy.
From that point, the Marlin bullpen came in and did what they have done so well of late -- shut everyone down.
Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and A.J. Ramos combined for three innings of hitless relief to close out the win, the Marlins' third in as many games against the Rockies.
In fact, Miami's relievers have surrendered just one hit in 13 innings during this home series against the squad from the Mile-High City.
What makes this statistic most impressive is that the Fish are doing this against one of the league's best offensive squads. Heading into this four-game set, the Rockies had led the league is nearly every offensive category. Colorado stills finds themselves in the top five in runs, hits, batting average and slugging percentage.
The Marlins on the other hand, coupled with their 17-hit performance on Saturday and their eight hits on Sunday, surpassed the Rockies for the National League-lead in team batting average (.272).
Additionally, a New York Mets (36-32) loss helped Miami (37-32) take over the second-place spot in the NL East by half a game.
A few other things to note:
-Giancarlo Stanton has now hit safely in his last four starts, including three hits in Saturday's comeback win. The big guy is seeing the ball better. He might be due for a few big flies in the near future.
-Closer A.J. Ramos is a perfect 22 of 22 (tied for the MLB lead) in save opportunities this season. For a guy who struggled with command in the early going, he has only walked two batters in six save appearances in June.
-Miami's 1-4 hitters coming into Sunday -- Derek Dietrich, Martin Prado, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, respectively -- have a combined batting average of .316 on the year. They are all hitting over .300, including top-five NL leaders in Prado (4) and Ozuna (5).
-Tom Koehler has now gone six or more innings without allowing more than three runs in his last five starts. Sunday's victory gave him his fourth win in five decisions, dropping his ERA below 4.00 (3.92), and bringing his record to an even 6-6.