The Marlins crushed the Rangers 22-10, and scored the most runs in one game in their history, surpassing a 20-run effort on July 1st, 2003 against the Braves. They bashed 22 hits on the evening, falling short of their record of 25 hits from the same game in 2003.
The Fish entered tonight’s game facing one of the game’s best pitchers, Yu Darvish, and rocked the Rangers’ All-Star for 10 earned runs over 3 2⁄3 innings.
The Marlins gave a hint of what was to come with the first pitch of the game. Dee Gordon hit an up and in fast ball on the first pitch for his first home run of the season. Then, Giancarlo Stanton whiffed, and Christian Yelich homered to dead center field. for his eleventh of the season, to give the Marlins an early 2-0 lead.
The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the first, and it seemed like we would be involved in a back and forth affair.
That is, until the top of the fourth. Darvish threw too many fastballs over the heart of the plate, and threw several spinning, hanging breaking balls, and the results were predictable. The Fish put up a nine spot in the fourth to chase the Texas All-Star and blow the game open.
Key contributors in this inning included doubles by Ozuna and Ichiro!; RBI singles by Gordon and Stanton; and with his second at bat in the inning, Ozuna tripled to right-center with the bases loaded to score three and chase Yu Darvish. JT Realmuto would also hit a solo shot to left field to greet reliever Jeremy Jeffress to close out the scoring in the nine-run fourth frame.
On the down side, starter Jose Urena wasn’t particularly sharp either. Ureña threw 98 pitches and was unable to get a single out in the sixth. Part of José’s problem tonight was Adrian Beltre, who had three hits including homer off of Ureña. Beltre now has 2,996 hits this season.
The Fish would tack on two runs in the seventh thanks to a triple by Tomas Telis that scored Ichiro!, which was followed by a single by Mike Aviles to put the Marlins up 13-5.
In the eighth Giancarlo Stanton launched a 468 foot bomb to left off of Jason Grilli to give the major league lead with his 33rd homer. Stanton gave an uncharacteristically emphatic celebration, likely in response to Grilli’s jubilant reaction to fanning Stanton the night before. The Fish would add a total of five runs in the eighth to make it 18 runs on the night.
Rangers catcher Brett Nicholas came into “pitch” in the ninth. His pitches were basically 44-75 mph tosses, which the Marlins tattooed to add four more runs for a total of 22 runs.
Turning Point: Wow! Can you say flat line? After the nine run fourth inning, the Rangers had no shot.
King Fish: The entire Marlins lineup.
Here’s a copy of the Marlins box score for your viewing pleasure:
Among the many notable hitting performances for the Marlins:
- Every Marlins starter had at least one hit.
- Christian Yelich had three doubles and a home run.
- Marcell Ozuna went 3-5 with two doubles, a triple, and five RBIs.
- Derek Dietrich also had five RBIs on the night.
- Ichiro! walked three times, which is the first time he walked that many times since 2005.
Flounder: Yu Darvish (see above)