Dietrich's PH RBI walks it off for Marlins over Cards
By Joe Frisaro and Jenifer Langosch
MIAMI -- It was a moment worth losing your shirt over for Derek Dietrich.
After delivering a two-out, walk-off RBI triple in the ninth that enabled the Marlins to defeat the Cardinals, 5-4, on Sunday at Marlins Park, the Miami infielder had the shirt literally ripped off his back in the celebration.
Dietrich snapped an 0-for-23 with his drive to left-center off Matt Bowman. Adeiny Hechavarria, whose error helped the Cardinals tie it at 4 in the eighth, scored from first after he capped a 10-pitch at-bat with a single. Outfielders Jeremy Hazelbaker and Tommy Pham converged on the ball, but it got past both to allow the Marlins to even the four-game weekend set and pull one game ahead of St. Louis for the second National League Wild Card spot.
"It was ripped off of me," Dietrich said after his first walk-off hit. "I can't say I haven't walked around with my shirt off before, so it was a little bit uncomfortable. It was a fun moment, definitely just to have an opportunity to be up there to win the game after not playing a couple games."
The Cardinals capitalized on Hechavarria's wild throw that left the field of play to pull even at 4 in the eighth inning. Entering with a 4-2 lead, Fernandez Rodney allowed a two-out RBI double to left by Stephen Piscotty. Tommy Pham was racing home from first when Hechavarria's relay sailed into the seats. The error allowed Piscotty to advance two bases, scoring the tying run.
"After the error, it affected me because I let my team down," Hechavarria said. "We were in position to win the game. … So when I came up to bat, I was just focused on getting a hit. There were two outs, so I was just focused getting on base and let anything happen. It took a lot of pitches, but I finally got my hit, got on base and then Dietrich did the rest."
There was some drama in the first inning as both starters hit batters. Andrew Cashner, making his Marlins debut after being acquired from the Padres on Friday, pegged Aledmys Diaz with a fastball tracked by Statcast™ at 94.9 mph on the hand. Diaz did not return for the bottom of the inning, when St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez plunked Giancarlo Stanton on the back with a 94.7-mph fastball.
"I was just trying to throw inside," Martinez, speaking through a translator, said of that pitch. "It's just something that happens in the game."
The Marlins cashed in after Stanton reached, as Marcell Ozuna delivered a two-run double, and J.T. Realmuto ripped an RBI single. There is some history with Cashner and the Cardinals. While with the Padres on July 21, Cashner struck Matt Holliday in the nose with a pitch.
"I kind of thought they hit [Stanton] on purpose. It's unfortunate," Cashner said. "I think it was 0-2. It's never a spot I want to hit a guy. That's kind of the 'Cardinal way' over there."
Asked if the Cardinals still were taking issue with the Holliday incident 10 days ago, Cashner said: "I don't know. You'd have to ask them."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he didn't "have a thought or anything else" to offer about the incidents.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Cashner offers quality start: The Marlins got what they hoped for from Cashner in his debut with the club. The right-hander turned in a quality start, giving up two runs (one earned) in six innings. By the time he turned the ball over to Kyle Barraclough in the seventh inning, Miami led, 4-2. Cashner gave up four hits, including a homer to Greg Garcia, while he struck out two and walked one. In his last four starts, the right-hander has posted a 2.28 ERA (six runs in 23 2/3 innings) with 25 strikeouts and three walks.
"I thought he attacked," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Those last couple of innings, they started to square him up pretty good. It was one of the things I wanted to watch him today. He flies in yesterday, a 1 o'clock game for him is a 10 o'clock game in California. You want to be real mindful of his first outing and make sure we take care of him." More >
Gift wrapped: Piscotty snapped an 0-for-15 skid with an eighth-inning RBI double and proceeded to come around to score when the Marlins botched a play at the plate. As Pham came in to score the Cardinals' third run of the game, Hechavarria airmailed his relay throw into the stands. That allowed Piscotty, who had stopped at second, to take two extra bases and subsequently tie the game.
"He was in a bad run, and then like he does, in big situations he comes up big," Matheny said of Piscotty. "Good baserunning, too, to be past second base to allow that run to be scored on a wild throw. If he just continues to stay with his approach, he'll be fine."
Stanton struck, strikes back: The Marlins already had Christian Yelich, who walked, on first when Stanton was hit by a Martinez fastball with two outs in the first inning. By keeping the frame alive, the Marlins responded for three runs, two coming on Ozuna's double. The next time Stanton came to bat, he doubled to deep center in the fourth inning, and he scored on Realmuto's second RBI hit. Statcast™ projected Stanton's double at 412 feet from home plate with an exit velocity of 106 mph.
"It was fine. Nothing. We're just trying to pitch. I'm sure their guy is, too," Mattingly said of the exchange of hit by pitches. "I didn't look at it as any big deal. If it was, we weren't trying to hit their guy."
Molina motors on:Yadier Molina matched his career-high hitting streak by extending his current one to 15 games with a first-inning double. The one-out hit to deep center set up the Cardinals' first run off Cashner, as well. Molina has doubled in seven consecutive games and has seen his batting average rise from .256 to .276 during his hitting streak.
"This is the emotion of winning games. It happens with every team when they win games: They tear jerseys open, they shred them. Different guys, they call 'shredder' on different teams. I think when you see things like that after wins, the clubhouse situation you have, you're fighting for wins, and when you get one, it's nice to celebrate knowing that in 30 minutes you're jumping on a plane and you have a big series tomorrow [at the Cubs]." -- Mattingly, on Dietrich having his jersey ripped off after the Marlins' second walk-off win of the season
"I think it should have been caught by one of the two of us. When I look at it on the video, I ran a long way for it, but I still feel like I could have caught it." -- Pham, on his unsuccessful sliding attempt to catch Dietrich's fly ball in the ninth More >
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Martin Prado now shares a dubious Marlins distinction. By bouncing into three double plays, the veteran tied a franchise mark for most in a game, joining John Mabry (Aug. 4, 2001) against the Cardinals, and Kevin Millar (April 12, 2002) against the Braves. All three double plays were induced by Martinez, who had garnered a National League-most 24 this season.
ICHIRO REMAINS AT 2,998
The anticipation remains as Ichiro Suzuki was unable to move closer to 3,000 career Major League hits. As a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, Ichiro faced Martinez with Hechavarria at first base. The seven-pitch showdown ended with Ichiro lifting a soft popup to first base, leaving the 42-year-old two hits shy of 3,000. Ichiro will next get his chance to become the 30th player in MLB history to reach the milestone on Monday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Diaz exited the game shortly after taking a Cashner fastball off his right thumb and will remain behind in Miami to see a hand specialist on Monday. Initial X-rays showed no fracture, and Diaz has been diagnosed with a right hand contusion.
"Right after I got hit, it was really hard to move," Diaz said. "Obviously, I knew I wasn't going to be able to stay in the game because of the inflammation. There's a little bit of inflammation, but it's a little bit better [now] than when I first got hit." More >
WHAT'S NEXT Cardinals: Following an off-day on Monday, the Cardinals open a three-game series with a 6:10 p.m. CT game on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Newly acquired reliever Zach Duke is slated to join the club that day, and the Cardinals also expect to activate Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta from the disabled list. Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.16 ERA) draws the start against Dan Straily (6-6, 3.84 ERA).
Marlins: Miami opens a three-game set with the Cubs at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday at Wrigley Field. Lefty Adam Conley (7-5, 3.38 ERA) goes for the Marlins against right-hander Kyle Hendricks (9-7, 2.39 ERA). Conley has never faced the Cubs.