Starting pitching has been subpar on the road trip for the Miami Marlins and that continued Thursday in a 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
On this trip so far, the Marlins have lost six of eight games mostly due to ineffective pitching. On the season, they have a major league worst 16 losses to go along with only four wins.
Nathan Eovaldi who has enjoyed a fine season only could go 4.1 innings in this game which taxed a tired bullpen even further. Thus far in the eight games played on the trip, rookie Anthony DeSclafani has turned in the finest effort and it was in his major league debut.
Eovaldi allowed six runs on nine hits while walking and striking out a pair. The right-hander did throw plenty of strikes with 57 of 82 pitches going that way but they were hittable pitches. The loss dropped Eovaldi to 2-2 to go along with a 3.62 E.R.A.
During a three-run fifth inning for the Giants a ball hit Hunter Pence on the foot, but it was missed by the umpiring crew. It is not considered a reviewable play however and ended up leading to the big inning.
Brad Hand came in and finished off the fifth inning before Carter Capps and Mike Dunn took over. Capps pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts while Dunn had a scoreless frame of his own.
The offense was better than it has been on most days on the road this season but it wasn't enough and it stopped too early. Miami scored all four of their runs in the first three innings of the game.
Derek Dietrich got the offense going fast with his fourth home run of the year coming in the first inning off Matt Cain. Garrett Jones would go on to add his sixth blast of the season in the second inning.
Giancarlo Stanton extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single, the slugger also walked during a 1-3 day.
Henderson Alvarez will get the ball on Friday as Miami looks to even up the series with San Francisco.