Coming into Tuesday night’s double header, the Marlins were two games away from .500, and they just might be able to pull it off if they can continue there offensive barrage we saw in game one. The game kicked off with Christian Yelich driving in Dee Gordon with an RBI double. Yelich would eventually go three for five tonight at the plate. Miguel Rojas grounded one to short, sending Derek Dietrich to bring the score to 2-1 in the second. Scoring would pause for the Fish until the fifth, when Giancarlo Stanton had his first hit of the night: a double to bring Rojas home and tie the game at 3-3.
Before we get to the seventh inning, Dan Straily was great tonight as he went 6 IP with two hits, three earned runs and 10 strikeouts.
NOW FOR THE SEVENTH. This was probably one of my favorite innings of baseball ever. With the sadness around the organization around the loss of beloved announcer, Felo Ramirez, it was great to see such classy display of affection from the Phillies. On top of tonight’s emotion, you had Ichiro Suzuki just obliterating a ball to right, Stanton hitting his 46th of the season, and Marcela Ozuna going yard all within minutes of one another.
Even at 43, Ichiro still packs the pic.twitter.com/9TuawTtc9V— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 22, 2017
Just greatness all around. The Phillies would try to mount a comeback with Junichi Tazawa and Dustin McGowan closing things out. Maikel Franco hit a sac-fly to score Tommy Joseph, and Cesar Hernandez knocked one out to bring game one to 9-5. However, J.T. Realmuto would bring in the insurance with a three-run bomb, scoring Ozuna and Yelich. McGowan would continue to get lit up in the 9th, as Tommy Joseph and Andre Blanco would also homer. This brought the final number of hits to 22 and individual home runs to nine.