Apr 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich (left) right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (center) and right fielder Marcell Ozuna (right) celebrate their 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Marlins defeated the Rockies for the second consecutive night by a score of 4-3. the offensive fireworks weren’t brought out tonight, but nonetheless they scored enough to get the win behind solid pitching. Here are the notable grades.
Nathan Eovaldi: B+
Eovaldi was solid if not spectacular. He allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits in six innings while striking out 6. His only blip came in the 4th inning when Carlos Gonzalez scored on a Troy Tulowitzki double. Tulo ended up scoring on a sac fly by Wilin Rosario.
Reed Johnson: B
Any time that you are asked to come in as a pinch hitter to start an inning, you are just looking to get on base. Johnson did just that, continuing to prove that the Marlins front office made a great choice in keeping him on the team. His leadoff double in the 6th inning started a 2-run rally that would prove to be the difference in the game.
The good news for Marlins fans is that the Fish are winning without the aid of one of their best hitters, Christian Yelich. The bad news is that Yelich continued to struggle this game posting a doughnut in 4 at-bats.
Casey McGehee: B-
McGehee didn’t have a great game, but he continues to come through when it truly matters. His clutch hitting was something that the Marlins were desperately missing last year, and was on display again tonight with a 2 out single scoring Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins would go on to need that insurance run as the final score of 4-3 dictated. Otherwise the third baseman was 1-3 with a strikeout on the night. His game winning hit vaulted him to a B-.
Giancarlo Stanton: C
An average game for Stanton. On the positive he did get an RBI and score a run in the sixth inning. He also had an outfield assist at second base to go along with a stolen base. On the negative side he only managed to hit the ball out of the infield once on the night. Still, nothing wrong with average and a solid performance from the big guy.
Steve Cishek: A
The Marlins closer had an uneventful night, just the way we like it. He struck out one in his lone inning of work earning his first save of the year and extending the record for most consecutive saves by a Miami closer to 30 straight. Here is hoping to many more!