Keep your fingers crossed for me that the next couple games are just as exciting as last night’s- karmic payoff for skipping Friday’s Marlins game to take my wife to see a play would seem to warrant my not having missed the best game of the series. Keep in mind exciting does have to be a close game- I’ll be just as thrilled to see three Marlins hit four home runs, or Jose Fernandez put up twenty-seven strikeouts. But I’ll be at Chase Field the next two nights, and will be steadily live tweeting from the stadium on Sunday.
In any event, the Miami Marlins put up a 7-run inning for the second day in a row Friday night, en route to a thrilling 8-6 comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The crucial blow came from Justin Bour, who channeled his inner Jeremy Hermida (let’s hope he doesn’t do so in the career sense) with a pinch-hit grand slam to tie the game. Marlins starter Justin Nicolino saw his string of allowing 3 ERs or less end at three, although he did push to six his streak of failing to complete the 6th inning.
Arizona’s Patrick Corbin more than managed to keep Miami in check for the first six frames, limiting the Fish to a run on four hits until his ill-fated 7th inning. Giancarlo Stanton shook off his slump long enough to a crank a lead-off double, and two walks later, traditional Marlin killer Tyler Clippard made up for years of serving up heartbreak by serving up a gopher pitch of a fastball to Bour. Ding-dong.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Bour crushed the first Marlins pinch-hit grand slam since Hermida in 2005.
- Jeff Mathis went 1 for 3 with a walk. Best game of year?
- Nicolino’s 5 ER allowed made for his worst start of the season.
- That was despite tying his season high for strikeouts with 6 Ks.
- With a 1/3 of an inning outing, Brian Ellington earned his first 2016 win.
- A.J. Ramos earned his 19th save of the year, and is in a four-way tie for 2nd.
- Christian Yelich had a 2 for 5, 2 RBI night.
- And so did Marcell Ozuna.
- The Marlins won despite being outhit 13-9 and committing the game’s only error.