The Miami Marlins looked to be cruising for most of the Thursday afternoon game as starter Henderson Alvarez had his sinker working and held the Philadelphia Phillies scoreless through 7. Reminiscent of the early part of the season, however, the bullpen came in to blow the lead. Fortunately, this time around the offense was able to scratch out a run for a walk-off victory by a 4-3 score and win the series.
Let’s get to the Marlins game report card:
Henderson Alvarez, SP: A
7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Alvarez was excellent on the day going 7 shutout innings in which he induced 13 ground ball outs. It was the third time this season that he has thrown at least 7 shutout innings in a start. Alvarez looked like he was in line for his third win before the bullpen blew the lead.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: B
Stanton drove in the first run of the day with a sharp single to right scoring Ed Lucas from second. The RBI was the his league leading 45th of the season as he continues to put together an MVP type season.
Marcell Ozuna, CF: A
2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (8)
Ozuna homered for the second game in a row with a 2 run blast into the Clevelander behind the left field fence. He also contributed defensively with another cannon throw to cut down a Phils runner trying to go from first to third.
Mike Dunn, RP: F
0.2 IP, 3H, 2R, 2 ER, 1K
Dunn entered the game with 1 out and a runner on in the 8th inning attempting to hold a 3-0 Marlins lead. He promptly surrendered a sacrifice fly, a hit and a home run to blow the three run lead. Dunn had not been score upon in his last 9 outings before this disastrous outing.
The Marlins did many good things in this game with an outstanding game by their starting pitching, a 3-for-4 day with runners in scoring position, and a clutch hit with the bases loaded for the walk-off victory by Christian Yelich. The performance of the setup men, A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn, was the only blemish and luckily it did not end up costing them a game.