Giancarlo Stanton Out-Slugs Paul Goldschmidt; Miami Marlins Beat Diamondbacks 3-2
The Arizona Diamondbacks ran into the Miami Marlins at the wrong time for this week's series, as the Stanton formerly known as Mike is fresh off the disabled list and already is on a tear.
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice for the Marlins Monday night, including a solo homer in the ninth inning off D-backs reliever Heath Bell, which proved to be the game-winner in the 3-2 Marlins victory.
Keeping score in this one was easy, as all five runs in the game were scored on three home runs.
The first two were the result of Paul Goldschmidt coming to the plate in the bottom of the third inning with one runner on, and he smacked a line drive to opposite field that just kept carrying, landing just over the right-field wall.
Those would be the only two runs the D-backs could get off Jacob Turner, who struck out five over five innings.
Patrick Corbin, pitching for the D-backs, continued his phenomenal pitching but is still stuck at nine wins.
Corbin actually had a no-hit bid after five innings, which was broken up in the sixth by Juan Pierre on a single to left-field, after Pierre was actually showing bunt earlier in the at-bat (a frowned-upon method for attempting to break up a no-hitter).
With Pierre on, Corbin recorded the second out in the inning, but Stanton came to the plate, and just ripped a ball deep in the stands in left field.
Corbin got it together, though, going eight full innings, giving up just those two runs on two hits.
Closer-for-now Heath Bell just couldn't get his act together Monday night. Bell, who pitched for Miami last year in the worst season of his career, actually had Stanton in an 0-2 count with one out in the ninth inning, before Stanton fouled off a pitch, took a ball, and cranked another one over the fence, earning himself a trot around the bases for the go-ahead run.
The Diamondbacks didn't get a single runner on in the ninth, but they weren't horrible against Miami's Steve Cishek. Eric Hinske pinch-hit in a seven-pitch at-bat, but it ended poorly, with a ground-out to first. Gerardo Parra drove a 1-1 pitch, but that ball was caught in center field. Willie Bloomquist ended the game lining out to center, too.
The Diamondbacks have now lost four games in a row after being swept by the San Diego Padres over the weekend.
With the injuries and Ian Kennedy's suspension, the Diamondbacks will be sending Randall Delgado to the mound tonight against Nate Eovaldi in the second game of this three-game series against the Fish.
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