Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run, Christian Yelich had three hits, and the Miami Marlins took the first game of the series with an impressive 7-1 victory in Jarred Cosart's best start as a Fish.
The Miami Marlins came into this game with the edge on the pitching half of the mound, and it showed with Jarred Cosart dealing for the majority of the game. Cosart threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and he struck out four batters while walking just one. And he did so not against a weakling lineup, but against a lineup that features the best player in baseball. Mike Trout went hitless in four plate appearances, and overall the Marlins scattered just eight hits on the night.
But the big story was what happened offensively. The Marlins got a nice boost from the bottom of the lineup in the early part of the game. In the third and fourth innings, both Donovan Solano and Reed Johnson reached base ahead of Christian Yelich, and Yelich delivered both times. Yelich knocked in runs in both instances with singles, and the big inning was on for the Fish. In the second, Yelich's single drove in a run, and two batters late the Angels intentionally walked Stanton to load the bases. Marcell Ozuna drove a long fly ball for a sacrifice fly, then Casey McGehee got in on the fun with an RBI hit.
In the fourth inning, with two men on again, Yelich got aboard with a bloop base hit that scored Solano from third. Two batters later, Giancarlo Stanton did Giancarlo Stanton things, as he drove a Cory Rasmus gimme fastball out to deep left center field for his 33rd home run of the season.
Hero of the Game: Jarred Cosart (0.180 WPA)
Goat of the Game: No one
Play of the Game: Christian Yelich singled in the third inning. Donovan Solano scored. Reed Johnson advanced to second base. (+0.089 WPA)
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