Big-time effort from Mike Stanton can’t hold D’Backs off
Justin Upton’s bloop single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped off a come-from-behind victory for Arizona in the rubber game of a three game series against the Florida Marlins Wednesday evening.
Upton’s hit off of Burke Badenhop singled home Willie Bloomquist but it was reliever Clay Hensley who was tagged with the loss (0-2). Hensley left the game earlier in the inning with an arm injury and it doesn’t sound too great for Florida.
Florida was up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when Ryan Roberts hit a two-run home run to score Daniel Hudson and an Upton ground out score Kelly Johnson to bring the game to 4-3. The following inning, a fielding error by third baseman Greg Dobbs scored Arizona center fielder Chris Young.
Arizona would score again in the eighth inning but in the top of the ninth, Marlins catcher John Buck lifted his sixth home run of the year off of J.J. Putz but it couldn’t force extras with the bullpen blowing it in the bottom half of the inning.
With all that said, the one guy who seems to keep standing out is right fielder Mike Stanton. Stanton put on a phenomenal performance as he went 3-for-4 with a homer (12) and a triple. He was a double away from the cycle. He’s had eight RBI, two homers and four doubles in his last 10 games. He should be an all-star come July.
The Marlins are off Thursday and return home to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a three game set.