The Miami Marlins used a rare display of power to steal a win from the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings on Wednesday night. Third baseman Ed Lucas provided the margin of victory in the 4-3 win by hitting just his 4th home run on the season in the top of the 10th inning.
Nathan Eovaldi started the game for the Marlins and wriggled his way through 4 scoreless innings to start the game despite allowing a baserunner in each inning. The ineffectiveness caught up with him in the fifth, though, as the Phils used to 2 walks, 2 singles and a passed ball to score 3 times on Eovaldi and take a 3-1 lead. Eovaldi issued a third walk in the inning before finally getting the third out and it would be his last out of the night as he was removed after 5 innings. He ended up giving up 2 earned runs, 4 hits and 4 walks in the start while striking out 5. Eovaldi had control issues, especially in the fifth inning, as only 48 of his 90 pitches went for strikes.
The Marlins were able to tie the game up immediately following the disastrous inning as Christian Yelich led off in the sixth with a single and scored on a prodigious home run blast by Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton’s home run cleared the leftcenter field bleachers and ended up being caught by a fan waiting in line at a concessions stand. The home run’s distance was estimated at 463 feet which is Stanton’s longest so far this season.
The bullpen would come in to throw 5 scoreless innings for the Fish to preserve the victory. 5 relievers each threw a scoreless inning culminating with Steve Cishek who came on for the save in the 10th. The save was Cishek’s 31st on the season and 26th consecutive converted save opportunity. He did this one the hard way, though, as he was forced to retire the last 2 hitters with the bases loaded.