What A Time To Be A Marlin Fan (WATTBAMF). Well, that's how I felt after their last hot streak but after losing five straight games and falling to six games back in the Wild Card my hope started to fade again. Luckily for the Fish they were able win this crucial game and with the Colorado Rockies losing they move back to five games back in the wild card.
This was a wild one for the Fish with the Phillies putting up one strong fight all the way until the end. The bats came alive tonight for the Fish as they racked up 17 hits on the night. While giving up nine runs to the Phillies is a bit distressing really the Marlins need to just continue taking it one game at a time.
Giancarlo Stanton started the game off the only way he knew how to, busting out of his slump with his 52nd homerun. This blast went a monstrous 445 ft behind the home run sculpture.
It’s your world, @Giancarlo818. We’re just living in it. #Crushed pic.twitter.com/ingz5jVWov— MLB (@MLB) September 2, 2017
From there on, after the baseballs continued to fly. Christian Yelich went three for five with two runs, Tomàs Telis went three for five with two runs and an rbi triple, Marcell Ozuna went three for five with a homerun and four RBIs, and Derek Dietrich came into the game and had a huge pinch hit three run homerun.
In a pinch, Dietz does it. #LetsGoFish pic.twitter.com/u8xYi8wfhS— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 3, 2017
***Side Note J.T. Realmuto continued to show his versatility and speed by stealing two bases in the game and throwing out a baserunner on a beautiful throw. ***
Dan Straily had a rough night pitching only five innings, he gave up nine hits, and four earned runs. The Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola also had a rough night going five innings and giving up ten hits, and six earned runs.
Drew Steckenrider came into the eight inning tonight to stop the bleeding from Jarlin García who just did not have his stuff with him. Steckenrider was able to get the last four outs of the game, tallying three strike outs along the way producing his first save of the season.
.@Marlins reliever Drew Steckenrider gets pied after recording his first career save Saturday night! #MLB #LetsGoFish pic.twitter.com/MLjgl25BbX— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) September 3, 2017
Stanton continues on his march towards 60 homeruns and conquering my heart (sorry Yelich). The Marlins continue to keep my hopes up making this season stretch long into September but these next few series are must wins for the fish, hopefully as a team they can pull together and continue to hit...at least.
The Miami Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the final game of the series tomorrow at 1:10pm and it will be Jose Urena (12-6) vs jake Thompson (1-1).
King Fish: Marcell Ozuna (.235).
Flounder: Jarlin Garcia (-.095).
Play of the Game: Derek Dietrich pinch hit three run homerun.