Marlins showcase offensive depth with homers

Yelich, Ozuna go deep in win over D-backs

May 4th, 2016

MIAMI -- Maybe the Marlins have some home run threats besides Giancarlo Stanton after all. The long ball has certainly been a weapon for the club of late, and it showed again on Tuesday night.

Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich each connected in Miami's 7-4 win over the D-backs at Marlins Park.

"We've got some guys that are capable," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We're not a huge home run club, but I know we're capable of hitting some and putting quick runs on the board. That's always nice to be able to do that."

Stanton is the obvious threat to leave the building any time he's up. He's got eight on the season. But he's not been alone in the Marlins' hot streak. They've won eight of nine and belted 15 home runs in that stretch.

Stanton actually got the ball rolling by going deep five times since April 24. Ozuna's two-run shot on Tuesday was significant because it helped erase a three-run deficit in the sixth inning.

In the inning, Miami scored four times, and went ahead, 5-4, on Ichiro Suzuki's pinch-hit, two-run single.

"I think it's just guys putting together good at-bats and getting into good counts and putting some good swings on balls, and they've been traveling," Yelich said.

In the seventh inning, Yelich went deep on a no-doubter off Tyler Clippard, making it a 6-4 game.

Statcast™ projected Yelich's home run to travel 437 feet from the plate at an exit velocity of 110 mph. Ozuna's drive, off Patrick Corbin, projected at 432 feet, with an exit velocity of 109 mph.

Yelich is a terrific pure hitter, who has power potential. He just hasn't gone deep at home very often. Tuesday's shot to right was his fourth homer at Marlins Park in 173 games, and the 22nd of his big league career (357 games).

Ozuna has 16 of his 41 career homers at Marlins Park.

The quick-strike ability is welcome, and it has resulted in wins for the Marlins lately.

"That's obviously a big reason why we've been scoring runs, but we've been manufacturing them as well," Yelich said. "And that's what we need to continue to do.

"When you're putting together good at-bats, one through eight, one through nine, that puts a lot of pressure on the other team. Even if it's not clicking for you early, like it wasn't tonight, you kind of hang in there and battle. We were able to push a few across in that one inning and were kind of able to finish it off there."