Giancarlo Stanton has carried the Marlins in their first two games against the Atlanta Braves in this three-game weekend series. No matter how powerful Stanton is, however, Miami simply can't only rely on Stanton to produce runs. So far, Stanton has driven in all five of the Marlins runs in this series.
Saturday’s game was scoreless through five innings until baseball’s home run leader changed that with a 446-foot home run, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
Giancarlo Stanton crushes a fly ball to deep left field that goes into the stands for his 36th homer of the season, putting the Marlins up pic.twitter.com/ZgoGcXrrDs— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 6, 2017
That blast, which had an exit velocity of 110 MPH, was Stanton's 36th home run. He needs two long balls to surpass his career-high of 37 homers, which he set in 2012 and 2014.
The Marlins wouldn't have the lead for long, as the Braves took control in the sixth inning. Freddie Freeman tied the game with an RBI single, and Nick Markakis gave Atlanta the lead for good with an RBI double.
The Braves blew the game wide open in the next inning, when they piled on five runs, including a three-run homer from Freeman, to take a 7-1 lead.
Stanton would add an RBI double in the 8th to cut the Braves lead to 7-2, but the rest of the lineup was quiet again, and has managed only seven hits in this series.
Miami was shut down by Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, who struck out a career-high 11 batters in 6.1 innings. Dan Straily took the mound for the Marlins and produced a quality start, allowing two runs and five hits in 5.2 innings.
Despite solid starting pitching, the bullpen faltered again, as Hunter Cervenka and Dustin McGowan combined to allow five runs. Miami continued its struggles against the Braves, falling to 3-7 against Atlanta this season.
The Marlins will look to salvage the series by taking the final game Sunday afternoon. Jose Urena takes the mound for the Marlins, while Lucas Sims will pitch for the Braves.
Kingfish: Freddie Freeman (0.16)
Flounder: Dustin McGowan (-0.13)
Play of the game: Nick Markakis doubled to center, Freddie Freeman scored (.185)