It was arguably one of the biggest spots a Marlins hitter had appeared in this season. With two outs in the top of the ninth before more than 35,000 red tomahawk-chopping, loud-screaming opposing fans, Miami pinch-hitter Donovan Solano dug into Turner Field’s batter’s box late Thursday night to face hard-throwing Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Come through with a hit, and Solano could be considered a hero. Little did he or others know, though, that in order for the Marlins to escape with a win over a tough division foe, another Miami player was going to have to don a cape. One pitch after fighting off a 99 mph Kimbrel fastball, Solano, a recent re-addition to the roster after a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list and subsequent stay in the minors to rehab, sliced an 89 mph slider into right field to snap a 3-all tie and plate Ed Lucas. The go-ahead run proved all the offense the Marlins needed for the eventual 4-3 victory. “You’ve got to earn wins in this place against this team,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. A half inning later, with the Braves threatening to stage their own late-game magic, Miami rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton made a dazzling diving catch to preserve the victory. With a runner on at first and former Marlin Dan Uggla blasting a lined shot into the right-centerfield gap, Stanton sprinted hard toward the fence. At the last second, as the ball was making its descent, the 6-foot-5 Stanton stretched out the full length of his frame. The ball, which at first looked like a sure extra-base hit, landed into his glove, forcing the runner back to first. Had the ball landed without being touched, the baserunner would have easily scored, tying the game at four.
Donovan Solano, Giancarlo Stanton lead Marlins’ to 4-1 comeback win over Braves
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 5