“You see this? THIS…is my boomstick!”
Maybe Army of Darkness played in both clubhouses Monday afternoon. Maybe someone opened up a big box of Coors Field air inside an enclosed Marlins Park before the first pitch. Maybe everyone ate their Wheaties that morning. We may never know.
What we do know though is that the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies combined to make some home run history in yesterday’s series finale, and that while fun to watch, Miami ultimately couldn’t pull off a Colorado sweep and lost 5-3 Monday night at Marlins Park.
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Eight solo home runs hit in the game. Eight runs scored in the game. Eight dejected, head hanging expressions by a pitcher.
History making. All the runs scored in the game scored by that many solo shots. Never happened before. As you can read in the above link, Monday shattered the previous mark of five. The eight homers in general certainly set a new standard ballpark that has been the anti-Coors Field in terms of round trippers.
Recent call-up Paul Clemens was more than capable in his 2016 debut, limiting the Rockies to 3 ER across 5 IP; think we’d take that every time from a fifth starter honestly. The loss actually fell on a bullpen that had been lights out of late, with Brian Ellington and Nick Wittgren each surrendering a solo HR of their own. Ellington took the loss, giving up the second of Mark Reynolds’ two blasts.
But two runs in four innings isn’t that disappointing of a showing either, and the Fish had plenty of chances to tack on more runs in this one. The Marlins went 0 for 6 with RISP, and many of those chances came in the later innings. Series win is a series win though. Miami will move on to the Braves for a two-game set starting Tuesday, and will look to finally figure out the NL East club that’s given them the most trouble this season.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Marcell Ozuna hit 2 HRs in a game for the first time in his career.
- Giancarlo Stanton hit his first HR since May 24th.
- Sadly the Rockies hit 5 HR of their own.
- All 8 runs in game scored on solo home runs- MLB record night.
- Paul Clemens went 5 IP, allowing 3 ER in his Marlins debut.
- Ichiro had an 0 for 2 night, but reached twice on walks.
- Stanton also went 2 for 4, one of three multi-hit Marlins.
- Miami and Colorado went 1 for 13 with RISP.
- Christian Yelich stole his fourth base of the year, and first since May 10th.