The Miami Marlins brought out the big bats against the Atlanta Braves in a 9-3 victory to win the series. All eight position players in the lineup had at least one hit and 5 had multiple hits. Atlanta starter Aaron Harang came into the game with a miniscule 0.85 ERA before giving up 9 earned runs to the hot Marlin bats. By the time he exited the game after 4 and 2/3 innings, his ERA had risen all the way to 2.97.
Let’s get to the Marlins game report card:
Nathan Eovaldi, SP: A
7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Eovaldi delivered another excellent start throwing 7 strong innings in which he induced 8 ground balls to go with his 5 strike outs. He worked three straight 1-2-3 innings from the 3rd to the 5th before giving up his lone run of the night in the sixth. Eovaldi improved his record to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.58.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: C
1-for-4, R, 1K
Stanton had just one hit on the night as he led off the bottom of the third with a double to left field. He would then score the Marlins 5th run on the night ahead of a Jarrod Saltalamacchia double.
Casey McGehee, 3B: B+
3-for-4, 2R, 1 BB
McGehee continued his hot hitting with a 3 hit effort to improve his batting average to .297 on the season. He banged out his sixth double of the year on a liner to right in the fifth when he scored his second run on the night.
Marcell Ozuna, CF: A-
2-for-4, 1R, 3 RBI, HR (4)
Ozuna had an outstanding night at the plate hightlighted by his fourth home run of the season on a 3 run blast to right field in the second inning. He would later also contribute with a single to the opposite field.
Christian Yelich, LF: B
1-for-5, 1R, 2 RBI, HR (1)
Yelich connected on his first home run of the season on a fly ball to right center field that barely cleared the fence. It marked a rare occasion in which Yelich actually pulled a ball into right.
The Marlins guaranteed a series win with their second consecutive victory over the Braves. For the second straight night the Fish were able to put all aspects of their game together as Eovaldi delivered an excellent pitching performance and the offense put the game away early with 5 runs scored by the third inning.