The past month or so hasn’t been very fun for the Marlins. They’ve suffered through a number of injuries to key players, they’ve gone on a prolonged offensive drought and ultimately they’ve almost eliminated themselves from Wild Card contention.
But Tuesday’s 7-5 win was a fun game! Yes it was against the lowly, rebuilding Braves, and yes it wasn’t a great pitching performance from Jake Esch; but it was an entertaining win, which is about as much as you can ask for as a Fish fan at this point in time.
Christian Yelich did Christian Yelich things early on. He came into the game a career 6-for-7 off of Braves starter Matt Wisler (6-11) and added two more hits to that total, including his 36th double of the season, which knocked in two runs in the third.
Wisler came into the night allowing only two runs over his past two starts, but he was taken out of the game in the fifth after surrendering back-to-back RBI singles to Marcel Ozuna and Justin Bour, and ultimately giving Miami a 6-3 lead by the end of the inning.
Atlanta scored two in the seventh to make it interesting. Miami responded with Yefri Perez, who pinch ran for Justin Bour and ended up scoring from third on a wild pitch that was just wild enough. The kind of fun you could only have in mid-September. A.J. Ramos capped off the evening with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Yes the Marlins have been on a downslide the over the past month (including last night’s mess) but tonight was a reminder that this can be a fun team to root for, especially when the offence is producing as it should.
Hero of the game: Ichiro Suzuki (0.26 WPA)
Goat of the game: Matt Wisler (-0.48)
Play of the game: Christian Yelich two-RBI double (.180)