Admit it. When the Marlins took that first lead Sunday, you were worried.
But after five straight games of securing an early lead only to blow it late, the Fish finally triumphed over the league-worst Atlanta Braves Sunday evening at Turner Field. Tom Koehler continued his run of solid performances with his fifth straight outing of having allowed 3 ER or less, but earned a victory for the first time in over a month, and Marcell Ozuna continued his own dominant stretch. The Marlins beat the Braves by the score of 7-3.
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The biggest storyline of the day though was Derek Dietrich‘s attempt at the first ever Marlins’ cycle, or more importantly the way he was kept from obtaining it. After having compiled a 3 for 3, 4 RBI day, Dietrich was struck by a foul ball while standing in the dugout in the 9th inning, knocking him to the ground and out of tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Day to day at the moment, he gave quite the scare to teammates.
The Marlins improved to 26-24; last season the team needed until June 12th to reach twenty-six wins.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ozuna Watch: 11-game hit streak, 36 game on base streak.
- He also hit his 10th HR of the season, tying last year’s total.
- Derek Dietrich finished a triple short of the cycle on a 4 RBI night.
- Tom Koehler went seven innings, in his first earned win since April.
- Kyle Barraclough and A.J. Ramos combined for two no-hit innings.
- Christian Yelich returned to the lineup, and went 1 for 5.
- Giancarlo Stanton did not return, and missed his fifth straight start.
- The Marlins outhit the Braves 10-3.
- Jeff Mathis his his sixth baseball of the season, improving to .143.