On a 76° Tuesday night in August with the roof closed at Marlins Park, the returning conquerer was held homerless.
But Giancarlo Stanton did end up two-for-six, with three strikeouts. And his team did eventually beat the good guys, although it took overtime.
That short “welcome home” out of the way, Stanton promptly singled into left field. With one out and a runner on, number three Yankee hitter Aaron Hicks lined a shot to Derek Dietrich, who easily doubled Stanton off first to end the inning.
Rafael Ortega opened the Marlins half of the inning with a seven-pitch walk off of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. J.T. Realmuto popped out to the first base side on a six-pitch at bat, then Ortega was picked off of first. With two outs, Brian Anderson grounded out into a 1-3 play to end the inning.
Lopez opened the second by getting Miguel Andujar to fly out to right field on the first pitch, then struck out Greg Bird on three pitches. Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker followed that with back-to-back singles, and a passed ball by Realmuto put two in scoring position for number eight hitter Austin Romine. Lopez induced Romine to ground out to third base, ending the threat.
Derek Dietrich started the Miami second with a single to old friend Stanton. On the next pitch, Starlin Castro lined out to Torres at short. Dietrich was far enough into a lead that he was easily doubled off, just like Stanton in the first inning. Austin Dean grounded out to third base to end that inning.
In the third inning, Tanaka, a career one-for-24 hitter, led off by grounding out to Dietrich unassisted. Gardner drew a six pitch walk, then Lopez struck out Stanton and Hicks, in turn. The bottom of the inning was also eventless. JT Riddle lined out to Gardner, then Magneuris Sierra and Lopez each whiffed.
Lopez allowed Andujar to single to lead off the fourth. After a Bird infield pop out, Torres singled Andujar to second. Walker collected an RBI and a Yankees 1-0 lead with a single to Ortega with one out, then Lopez hit Romine with a pitch to load the bases. Tanaka tried to help himself by popping out weakly to Castro, but Castro dropped it. But…..it was an infield fly, so Tanaka was called out and no runners advanced. Gardner then flew out to end the inning.
Ortega got on base with a single to lead off the fourth, then Realmuto struck out. Anderson singled Ortega to third base, and Dietrich smacked a grounder to Greg Bird. Ortega was called out in a rundown, and with runners at first and second Castro grounded out to end the inning.
Stanton opened the fifth with a double into left field. After Hicks grounded out and moved Stanton to third, the big guy was stranded there after Andujar and Bird flew out.
On the first pitch in the bottom of the fifth, Dean hit his second homer of the season, a 410 foot shot just left of dead-center field.
Tanaka then made quick work of the rest of the Marlins lineup in the inning, needing 11 pitches for a Riddle popout, a Sierra lineout, and a Lopez ground out.
The sixth inning would see both Lopez and Tanaka take care of their opponents, 1-2-3. Both pitchers would end their nights with Quality Starts, and a no-decision. Despite a rocky start, Lopez allowed just one run and struck out four. Tanaka also struck out four and allowed one run. Both pitchers had a GameScore of 61. Neither pitcher knew that the game was only half over.
Tayron Guerrero opened the seventh by striking out pinch-hitter Luke Voit on six pitches. Gardner beat out an infield single, then Guerrero struck out Stanton on four pitches and Hicks on three. 14-of-18 pitches by Guerrero were in triple-digits on the radar gun. Zach Britton came in to pitch for the Yankees, and got groundouts from Dietrich and Dean, sandwiching a Castro strikeout.
Adam Conley worked a 1-2-3 eighth for the Marlins, getting Andujar, Bird, and Torres to fly out. Dellin Betances came in for the Yankees, and allowed Riddle to single into left field. Sierra sacrificed Riddle to second, but pinch hitter Miguel Rojas struck out on a knuckle-curve, and Ortega lined out to end the inning.
Looking for a walkoff, Realmuto drew a walk to open the ninth opposite New York reliever Chad Green. Anderson followed by knocking Realmuto to third base with a single into right. Dietrich struck out, and Green intentionally loaded the bases by giving Castro a free pass. Dean struck out angrily on four pitches, then Riddle grounded out , 4-6 to send the game to overtime.
The Miami Marlins trotted out Drew Rucinski to start the 10th inning, and Rucinski drew groundouts from Stanton, Hicks, and Andujar without incident. Jonathan Holder then struck out Sierra on three pitches and Isaac Galloway on six. Ortega reached first on an error, but Realmuto struck out on four pitches.
In the 11th, Rucinski started the inning by striking out Bird on three pitches, Torres grounded out, 5-3, and Walker drew another walk. Romine lined out to Castro without further incident.
The Marlins, looking for the walkoff for the third inning in a row, began the inning with an Anderson walk and a Dietrich single off new Yankees pitcher A.J. Cole. Cole then gave a free intentional pass to Castro to load the bases with nobody out. Pinch hitter Yadiel Rivera, looking for his third walk-off of the season, grounded into a 6-2 force play. Riddle, with the bases juiced and one out, struck out, and Sierra hit a weak pop-foul to the third base side.
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Javy Guerra was the sixth Miami Marlins pitcher of the game, and allowed a Kyle Higashioka single to open the inning. Gardner drew a walk, then Stanton struck out for the third time in the game. Guerra then drilled Hicks on a 1-0 pitch to load the bases for the Evil Empire. Andujar brought Higashioka home on a sacrifice fly to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. After a Guerra wild pitch put two in scoring position, he struck out Bird on six pitches.
Aroldis Chapman came into the game for a 12th-inning save, and walked Galloway on five pitches. Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman after a possible injury to the fireballer. Kahnle got Ortega to fly out, and Realmuto struck out again. With Anderson at the plate for a last chance for the Marlins, Galloway attempted to steal second base with a full count and got thrown out, ending the game.
Anderson and Dietrich collected two hits each, while Ortega, Dean, and Riddle each hit safely once. The Yankees outhit the Marlins, nine-to-seven. 11 Yankees struck out, along with 13 Miami Marlins.
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