The Miami Marlins battled the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of a four-game weekend series at Marlins Park. It was Zombie Night at the ballpark tonight, and the Cardinals surely looked like zombies. The Marlins put on a hitting clinic in their 11-0 victory on Saturday night, and they now are tied with St. Louis for the second NL Wild Card.
Newly acquired pitcher Colin Rea made his debut for Miami tonight, but it was cut short after he left in the fourth inning with elbow soreness. Rea was cruising, as he struck out four batters, and he allowed zero runs and one hit in 3.1 innings pitched. The Marlins raked Jaime Garcia in the first inning, as they scored four runs, and set the tone for the rest of the game.
Christian Yelich doubled to center, which scored Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton singled to left, which scored Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna homered to center, scoring Stanton and giving Miami a 4-0 advantage. After Rea was pulled, David Phelps was brought on, and he had a brilliant outing. He pitched 2.2 innings, striking out four batters, while allowing one hit and zero runs.
The Marlins continued their annihilation of Garcia in the bottom of the fourth, where they tacked on four more runs. Miami put the cherry on top in the bottom of the sixth. Jerome Williams plunked Chris Johnson, which scored Gordon, and Jeff Mathis singled to center, which scored Yelich and Ozuna. That was all the Marlins would need, as they picked up the crucial 11-0 victory.
Garcia allowed six runs and seven hits, while only striking out two in 3.1 innings of work. Christian Yelich had a big day at the plate, going 3-5 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Jeff Mathis also made big contributions, going 3-4 with two RBI's and one run scored. Ichiro replaced Stanton, and he had a chance to get his 3,000th hit. He was unable too, as he went 0-2. These two teams will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow at 1:10 ET, as Andrew Cashner makes his Marlins debut.
Hero of the Game: Marcell Ozuna (0.12)
Goat of the Game: Jaime Garcia (-0.32)
Play of the Game: Marcell Ozuna homers to center, Giancarlo Stanton scores (.122)