Giancarlo Stanton is crushing home runs.
Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto have each been named National League Players of the Week.
And Christian Yelich has kept his production steady.
The one big bat in the heart of their lineup the Marlins are hoping wakes up belongs to Justin Bour.
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That might have happened this weekend at Petco Park.
Bour’s three-run home run to right field in the top of the sixth inning highlighted a six-run inning and propelled the Marlins to a 7-3 victory over the Padres, their second win in a row.
“This isn’t an easy game to play,” Bour said. “My numbers obviously aren’t where I’d want them to be. But you keep grinding and trying to get good at-bats, and it feels good to put a good swing on it to help the team win.”
Bour’s homer capped the scoring in what was the most productive inning of the season for the Marlins and their most runs in one frame since a seven-run outburst on June 13 of last season, also in San Diego.
Padres starter Luis Perdomo cruised through the first five innings, allowing only two hits and had retired seven consecutive Marlins before the sixth.
Martin Prado led off the inning with a single, Yelich walked and Stanton singled, prompting Perdomo’s exit from the game.
Ozuna doubled off reliever Craig Stammen, and Realmuto followed with a single as the Marlins tied the game at 3.
Bour then crushed a slider from Stammen 403 feet into the right-field stands for his third home run of the season.
“More than [my home run], it’s how we started that inning,” Bour said. “[Perdomo] was doing a heck of a job cruising there. Prado starts us off with a single to get on base and then the guys keep the line moving. I’m thinking the same thing, just have a good at-bat and put a real good swing on it.”
Marlins manager Don Mattingly kept Bour out of the starting lineup on Saturday night but used him as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning. Bour singled off lefty reliever Jose Torres, a hit that started the winning four-run rally in that inning.
After getting just six hits in his first 46 at-bats (.130 average) to start the season, Bour has hit safely in five consecutive games, going 6 for 16 (.375) during that stretch with two home runs and five RBI.
“I just want to see good at-bats [from Bour],” Mattingly said. “I’m not really worried about the number as far as he’s hitting .150 or 60 or 70 or 80 or whatever that is. You’re looking for quality at-bats.”
Tom Koehler (1-1) got off to a bit of a shaky start but pitched a perfect sixth following the Marlins’ comeback and picked up the victory.
After Koehler walked Yangervis Solarte, Hunter Renfroe hit a slider 408 feet to center field to give the Padres a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.
But in the fifth with two runners on and one out, Koehler got Wil Myers to ground into what turned out to be a pivotal double play that avoided any additional damage.
“You’re trying to get one out there and get the ball on the ground and let those guys behind me play,” Koehler said. “Up the middle, on the corners there I feel like we’re as good as anybody in the league, so they were able to turn that double play and that might be one that other teams in the league can’t turn. That pitch there and you get out of that situation, it gets the momentum on your side a little bit.”
David Phelps pitched his second consecutive perfect inning of relief in the seventh. It was a good sign for Phelps, who entered the game with an 8.10 ERA in 10 innings pitched.
“It’s been a frustrating two-and-a-half weeks leading up to [Sunday],” Phelps said. “It’s good seeing [Mattingly] still have faith in me right there. I need it. I’m not really doing anything different. I just didn’t give up any runs.”