Phelps Stifles Colorado Rockies, Stanton Goes Deep In Marlins’ Win


Jun 11, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder G. Stanton (R) celebrates with third baseman M. Prado (C) and left fielder C. Yelich (L) after hitting a three run homer against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies started a four-game weekend series in Miami against the Marlins, and left the bats at home, dropping game one Thursday.

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David Phelps threw eight scoreless innings, and Giancarlo Stanton‘s first inning three-run home run was all the Miami Marlins needed on Thursday night, defeating the Colorado Rockies 6-0 at Marlin Park.

The Marlins got started early with Giancarlo Stanton’s three-run home run off Rockies’ starter Chris Rusin in the bottom of the first inning, a laser beam of a line drive that got out of the park into the Rockies’ left field bullpen in a hurry and immediately put the Rockies down 3-0.

Rusin allowed two more runs in the second inning, first on an RBI triple by Christian Yelich, and then on an infield single by Stanton that hugged the foul line, but stayed fair, and brought Yelich home to make the game 5-0 Fish after two full innings.

Rusin settled down for a few innings at that point, but the deficit was too much to handle, especially after he allowed a solo home run by Jeff Baker in the sixth inning.

Rusin’s day was done after that, allowing eleven hits and two walks — and the six total runs — in 5.1 innings pitched, throwing 68 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

Rusin’s counterpart, David Phelps, never got into serious trouble on the mound, only allowing one Rockie — fresh-off-the-DL outfielder Corey Dickerson — to second base the entire night. Phelps ended up throwing eight innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out six Rockies.

In the top of the ninth inning, Dickerson hit a single with two outs — he and DJ LeMahieu combined to account for four of the Rockies’ five hits — but Carter Capps stranded him at first and sealed the 6-0 victory for the Marlins.

The two teams will face each other again on Friday night in Miami, the second game of their four-game series.

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