Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins Moonshot Above Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2
By Alex Agueros
June 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Marlins right fielderGiancarlo Stanton
(27) hits a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
It took two Giancarlo Stanton homers and four scoreless innings down the stretch from the bullpen, but the Miami Marlins bombed past the Arizona Diamondbacks for their 22nd win of the season. The win marks the first time Arizona has lost when Patrick Corbin starts a game. Add that to the list of 2013 Marlin Milestones (Fish Feats?) along with:
- dealing St. Louis their second road series loss
- hitting Matt Harvey hard a couple times
Jacob Turner started the game for Miami, and tossed a solid five innings, limiting the damage of six hits and three walks to a mere two runs. His first blemish occurred in the third inning when Paul Goldschmidt powered a Turner offering into the right field bullpen, giving Arizona 0-1 lead. Goldschmidt extended the Arizona lead with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Miami trailed 0-2.
Patrick Corbin carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning when slap-hitting extraordinaire Juan Pierre broke up the bid with a single. With two outs and JP on first, Giancarlo Stanton skied a home run past the left field foul pole. Dan Jennings relieved Jacob Turner in the seventh inning and the scored tied at two.
A Jennings, Ryan Webb, and Mike Dunn bullpen combo held Arizona scoreless through the ninth, collecting four whiffs along the way.
Arizona tapped former Marlin and current Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell in the ninth inning to face Ed Lucas, Stanton, and Marcell Ozuna. Bell then willingly sacrificed a baseball to the dinger gods as Stanton mashed his seventh homer of the season, and 100th career, into the right field stands. Marlins lead 3-2 and it was beautiful.
A couple of Steve Cishek pop outs found their way deep into the ball park, but Ozuna tracked them down to seal Cishek’s tenth save. Marlins won 3-2.
A couple notes: The Arizona crowd was on it top of things tonight, with two impressive souvenir trappings occurring beyond the playing field. Paul Goldschmidt‘s third inning dinger was bobbled and tamed by a man enjoying a night out with his family, a man who also happened to call the homer if you were watching the Arizona feed. The ninth inning saw an otherwise lethargic game-watcher spring from his seat to snag an Eric Hinske foul ball in the ninth inning. Good on you, Arizona fans.
A couple debuts are due tomorrow, as the Marlins send Nathan Eovaldi to the hill for the first time since his spring training injury. The Diamondbacks will counter with Randall Delgado, getting the call in place of the suspended Ian Kennedy. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET.