May 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna (right) is greeted by teammate first baseman Garrett Jones (left) at home plate after Ozuna hit a grand slam during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins were probably expecting to be in a tough battle coming into the game on Wednesday night as Philadelphia Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick owned a lifetime 12-2 record against them. Instead the Marlins bats took over the game from the get go, scoring runs early and often in a 14-5 rout over the Phils.
Let’s get to the Marlins game report card:
Nathan Eovaldi, SP: B
6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, W
Eovaldi definitely did not have his best stuff on this night as evidenced by the 10 hits he surrendered in just 6 innings of work. He mitigated the damage, though, by giving up just one base on balls and working around some tough situations. It also helped that the opposing pitcher grounded into two double plays
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: A
0-for-4, R, RBI
Surprisingly, on a night when the Fish scored a season high 14 runs, Stanton was pretty much absent from the offense. However, he gets an A for an outstanding diving catch on liner into the right center field gap that ended the 5th inning. By the way, the bases were loaded at the time and the Marlins were clinging to a slim 5-3 lead. If any play that occurred in the fifth inning of a game can be called a game saver, this was definitely it.
Marcell Ozuna, CF: A
2-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR (7)
Ozuna contributed a career high 5 RBI on the night with 4 of those coming on a grand slam in the 7th inning that put the game away. His 7 home runs on the season rank second on the team behind only Stanton.
Derek Dietrich, 2B: B
2-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3B, BB
Dietrich was involved in the scoring early in the game with a double and triple in his first two at bats. He also walked later and scored all three times he reached base.
The Marlins offense was excellent in this game even without much of a contribution from their big bat in Stanton. New comers Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones and Jarrod Saltalamacchia continue to produce with 7 RBI and 5 runs scored between them.