The Marlins lost a tough one tonight by the final score of 3-2, thus ultimately losing the series to the Nationals. While the Marlins as a team again were very quiet, Giancarlo Stanton continued his red-hot streak and Dan Straily pitched well enough to keep the Marlins going.
First, let's start with Straily. He gave a strong performance and while it could have been longer, he did go 5.2 innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Straily maintained good control throughout the game and got out of most jams while making just one mistake — a costly Bryce Harper 6th-inning RBI double that just narrowly missed being a home run.
Stanton amounted to be really Miami’s only offense of the night besides a few scattered hits. I would like to just mention that Giancarlo has left hibernation and is feasting on all baseballs that have come his way.
(Side Note: Christian Yelich did have 3 walks today really showing off the strong plate discipline)
These Stanton home runs are fantastic to watch, but the one thing that is killing me is the Marlins just aren't able to put it together as a team when needed. It seems to be Stanton having to carry the offense on many occasions.
While I do enjoy watching him produce, it can be quite upsetting when he has to do most of the heavy lifting. As we have seen before, Stanton is willing to share his disapproval, like when the Marlins dealt AJ Ramos for some prospects. “Every trade for minor-leaguers is two or three years away from seeing the result of that trade,” Stanton said to the Sun Sentinel.
On the other side of the mound, Tanner Roark allowed two earned runs and struck out five over six innings. While Roark got into a few jams, he was able to get out of all of them without much trouble. The game was tied 2-2 until the 8th inning when Junichi Tazawa gave up a solo shot to Brian Goodwin.
The 9th inning came and in good-old Marlin fashion Miguel Rojas doubled with one out and J.T. Realmuto moved him to third with a groundout. Then we got some exciting baseball as Dee Gordon hit a slicing line drive toward left field. It looked like the game-tying hit, until defensive replacement Andrew Stevenson made a tremendous diving catch to end the game and end the series with an exclamation mark.
The Marlins head home tomorrow to face the Colorado Rockies at 7:10 p.m. It will be Jon Gray Vs José Ureña on the mound.