Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
After zero offense in the first six innings of tonight's contest, the Giants got on the board in the seventh as Brandon Belt doubled for the first extra base hit of the game for either team and was then driven in by Joaquin Arias, who tripled to make the score 1-0 Giants.
Miami then responded in the top of the eight, as Justin Ruggiano and Derek Dietrich got on, Adeiny Hechavarria moved them over with a sac bunt, and then Marcell Ozuna—a rookie—had a huge double to give the Marlins the 2-1 lead, which ended up being the play of the game.
Chad Gaudin and Koehler made quick work of the opposition in the first four innings, and while Gaudin was pitching well in the top of the fifth, he was hit in the right arm by a Dietrich screamer and he had to come out.
Koehler kept a no-hit bid alive for five inning, but it was spoiled by Gregor Blanco in the bottom of the sixth.
And that's the ballgame! Cishek fans Belt and Tom Koehler gets his first major-league win as the Marlins come from behind to beat San Francisco, 2-1.
Pence pops it up, easy play for Hechavarria and now Cishek must face the hot-hitting Belt.
I guess I should've said his fastball was on point. Posey fists an offspeed pitch into center for a single and Pence will bat with one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Cishek looks on point tonight. That sidearm man...
Nasty fastball from Cishek to Scutaro, who is the second-hardest guy to strike out in the NL. It was very close but you can't really argue that one.
Fans are making noise AT&T as Steve Cishek comes in for Miami to face Scutaro, Posey, and Pence. This is why baseball is just fantastic.
And Dietrich grounds to first for the final out of the top of the ninth, Marlins still up 2-1 with 2-3-4 due up for the Giants in the bottom of the ninth. It's go big or go home for San Fran right now.
Ruggiano strikes out swinging for out number two of the top of the ninth, Marlins down to their last out before they try to close this game out.
LoMo follows suit, nice little single into left field and now two men on for Ruggiano.
Stanton's bat hasn't been completely silent tonight, as he pokes it into the outfield for a single. One on and one out for LoMo.
Jean Machi on to pitch for the Giants in the top of the ninth, gets Polanco to ground out quickly for out number one.
Chad Qualls comes on for the Marlins in the bottom of the eighth and makes quick work of San Fran, 1-2-3 inning and we're moving on to the ninth.
Pierre with a little nubber to second, he's thrown out but the Marlins get on the board in a big way, they lead 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.
Huge clutch hit for the rookie Ozuna! He hits the ball the other way just out of the reach of Pence whose throw to the plate is way off-line and two Marlins score. Score now 2-1 Miami. I guess they got motivated by the Heat.
Giants fans are on their feet with two strikes on Ozuna, who saw that split and managed to make contact and foul it down the first base line.
Marlins are trying to pull out all the stops here, they're going to pinch hit Marcell Ozuna now.
Huge strikeout for Affeldt there and he gets Mathis to swing at a nasty splitter. Two outs now in the top of the eighth.
Nice textbook bunt by Hechavarria there, he advances the runners, now men on second and third with one out and Jeff Mathis pinch hits for Brantly.
And Affeldt hits Dietrich, now there are two men on with no outs for the Marlins.
After Roasario lets the first men on in the top of the eighth, San Fran brings in Jeremy Affeldt to relieve him.
Noonan crushes that ball, was so close to his first major league home run but it hooks foul. And then Koehler strikes him out to end the inning. But the damage has been done and the Giants are the first on the board in tonight's contest.
Joaquin Arias might've just made himself tonight's hero. Splits the gap in right center field, ball skids to the wall and Arias has himself a triple, driving in Belt.
Belt with the first extra base hit of the night. Stanton had a chance ot throw him out at second but the throw was way off line and there's one in scoring position for San Fran with two outs.
Pence lunges at a breaking ball and pokes it into center, Ruggiano makes the play for the second out. There has been no offense.
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