Giancarlo Stanton 4, Colorado Rockies 1, As Miami Marlins Win Third Straight
It would seem that Den Jennings channeled his inner Lou Brown yesterday, as his team went out Saturday afternoon and matched a season best winning streak under his leadership. Having won the first three of this four game set, the Marlins – who were just swept by the scorching hot Blue Jays- will look to break out their own brooms in the finale tomorrow afternoon.
For the second game in a row, the final score belies just how much of a pitcher’s duel this one truly was. Miami followed up a 1-2-3 first from newly reinstated starter Mat Latos by jumping out to quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the frame, sparking brief hope of a blowout.
However a Nolan Arenado single would serve as the only offense for the next four innings, as both starters dug in. Latos was electric, striking out 11 and scattering four hits across seven innings; the Rockies David Hale turned in one of the more dominant four-run outings you’re likely to see. Both clubs could only claim that one of their number even reached base more than once in the contest, and only two innings would see a runner come across the plate.
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Miami was actually outhit 5-4, but certainly made them count in this one- or at least Giancarlo Stanton did. Stanton opened the scoring with a towering two-run double, one of those signature shots that left everyone deliberating whether it should have left the yard or just left a dent in the ceiling. That would take care of the scoring until the 6th, when Colorado would-just like last night- slice the lead in half. This time they got the run the hard way, with Troy Tulowitzki knocking in DJ LeMahieu on a RBI single. LeMahieu- who continues to chase Dee Gordon in the NL batting race- had just done his best Gordon impression by swiping third base.
But-just like last night- Miami would have an answer for the burgeoning rally. Following a Christian Yelich single, Stanton would deliver again. Wearing down Hale until he finally offered up the off-speed stuff once to often, the slugger drilled one over the left field fence for his league leading 23rd home run. Hale would finish the inning before calling it a day, having only surrendered two hits and two walks to the rest of the team. Latos would come out for and complete the 7th, notching two more strikeouts in what was easily his best start of the year.
The Marlins were done at the dish following the Stanton home run, while Colorado would post two more hits during the duration. A.J. Ramos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 8th save of the year. Dan Haren looks to secure the sweep in Sunday’s finale, while Colorado counters with Jorge De La Rosa.
- Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk pinch-hitting, and proceeded to steal his fifth base of the season- and 492nd overall.
- Marcell Ozuna‘s hitting streak came to an end- but Stanton has now hit in six straight, and 12 of his last 13.
- Latos actually did pitch seven innings previously this season, but with more hits and less strikeouts.
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