Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yelich homers as Marlins 1-hit Rockies

Christian Yelich connected on a two-run homer and Giancarlo Stanton delivered a two-run single that rallied the Marlins to a 5-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Marlins Park.
Adam ConleyNick WittgrenKyle BarracloughDavid Phelps and Dustin McGowancombined on a one-hitter. Colorado's lone hit was Carlos Gonzalez's two-out double in the sixth.The Marlins posted their 16th all-time one-hitter, with the last coming on May 4, 2013 at Philadelphia.
"We played well," Yelich said. "Adam set the tone. He pitched really well. The bullpen came in, they did their jobs, and we were able to push across enough runs and get the W."
Rockies right-hander Jon Gray kept Miami off the board until Yelich's blast to right in the sixth inning. The Marlins tacked on three runs in the seventh off Gonzalez GermenIchiro Suzuki's pinch-hit single (career hit No. 2,980) sparked the rally. Martin Prado had an RBI double, and Stanton's two-run single off Chad Qualls provided a four-run cushion.
"I thought it was a good win," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, it was a well-pitched game. They're able to break through there, and we're able to bounce back. It was really a solid game all the way through."
Conley held the Rockies hitless for 5 2/3 innings before Gonzalez's double in the sixth. The hit led to Colorado pushing across the first run, when Conley clipped Ryan Raburn with a pitch with the bases loaded. Conley was lifted after 109 pitches. Wittgren retired Mark Reynolds on a hard liner snared by second baseman Derek Dietrich.
The last time the Rockies had so few hits was Aug. 26, 2014, at San Francisco.
"We just didn't get the big hit to put up a big inning -- it was tough to come by today," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, whose team saw a four-game win streak end and lost for the third time in the last 11 games.
Stopping the spin: Gray couldn't get back the one-out, 2-0 changeup to Yelich that made his lead evaporate, but he didn't allow that to ruin his sixth and final inning. A hit and a walk brought trouble, but Gray induced ground balls from Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto. Gray gave up the two runs on six hits in six innings. He is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in his last five starts. By no means was Friday smooth.
"I just didn't feel right tonight," Gray said. "I don't know if it was the seven days [since his last start], or off-days. I just didn't feel good commanding the ball tonight." More >
No-hit, shutout bids end: Conley carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and he got two quick outs before Gonzalez laced his double to right. With the no-hit bid off the table, Conley still had a chance to keep his chance for a shutout in place. But after Gonzalez's double,Nolan Arenado was intentionally walked to get to Trevor Story, who struck out and lifted a pop out to first in his first two at-bats. Story drew a walk to load the bases. The Rockies got on the board when Raburn was clipped on the foot on a 2-2 pitch, forcing in a run.
"The slider to CarGo, I liked throwing the slider there," Conley said. "I just didn't execute it. That pitch, looking at the result, kind of put him on what he was on time for. But the pitch before that, I threw him a really slow breaking ball. It's something I've been tinkering around with. I thought I'd give it a shot. It was a ball."
Slow beginnings: The Rockies' just-completed 5-1 homestand was a testament to making the most of scoring opportunities. On Friday, they didn't have one leadoff man reach. They manufactured the sixth-inning opportunity with two outs -- and Story's walk, when he swung through a high fastball for a 2-2 count then laid off two more Conely pitches -- was indicative of the offense lately. With the bases still loaded, Reynolds smoked his liner hard enough to drive in a run or two, but Dietrich's glove denied him.
"[Conley] was attacking with fastballs," Gonzalez said. "We'd never faced him before. We were trying to see what he had, and he was throwing a lot of first-pitch strikes. He was in control, commanding his pitches -- his fastball was painting the corners."
Yelich ends drought: Yelich's sixth-inning homer into the right-field seats did more than just put the Marlins ahead 2-1. It also broke his streak of 99 at-bats without a round-tripper, his longest such drought of the season, and marked his first since May 14. More >
"I've seen them a lot. They're another good, young club that's got some experience. They swing the bats. We did a nice job with them tonight." -- Mattingly, who formerly faced the Rockies routinely when he managed the Dodgers
Stanton, who has been in a slump, had just five RBIs in his previous 29 games before his two-run single in the seventh inning.
With one out in the sixth inning, Bour chopped a ball to DJ LeMahieu and grounded into what was originally ruled an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. The Marlins challenged the call at first, and the ruling was overturned after a 1:02 delay. Bour had beaten the throw by half a step.
Rockies: Righty Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 2.89 ERA) will try to even the series when he faces the Marlins at 2:10 p.m. MT on Saturday. Chatwood leads the Majors with an 0.65 road ERA.
Marlins: Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 4.68 ERA) goes for the Marlins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Marlins Park. The lefty has faced Colorado once in his career, in 2013, while with the Orioles. He gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss.

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