May 7, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler (34) throws against the New York Mets during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins were looking to sweep the New York Mets in a 3 games series at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The fantastic offense the Marlins had been displaying recently did not show up in this early afternoon game as the two teams were tied at 0-0 after eight innings. The Marlins would score the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth for a 1-0 victory.
Let’s get to the Marlins game report card:
Tom Koehler, SP: A
8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Koehler continued his excellent 2014 season with another outstanding performance as he threw 8 scoreless innings on just 92 pitches. Koehler was not involved in the decision as he left the game with a 0-0 tie, but lowered his ERA to 1.99.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: B
1-for-4, R, 1BB
Stanton started out having a rough day as he grounded into two double plays, but he was able to smash a single in his final at bat in the ninth and eventually score the winning run. The single extended his hit streak to 9 games.
Casey McGehee, 3B: B
1-for-2, 2 BB
McGehee continued his productive season by reaching base three times with a single and 2 bases on balls raising his average to .318. The second base on balls came in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 0-0.
Marcell Ozuna, CF: C
0-for-3, 1RBI, 3 K
Ozuna struggled mightily in his first three at bats striking out each time, but he would make up for it with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth which brought in the winning and only run of the game.
The Marlins swept the Mets in the three game series behind the masterful pitching performance by Koehler. The 1-0 win was the second consecutive shutout by the Fish and concluded an 8-1 record on the 9 game homestand. It improved their Major League best home record to 17-5.