The Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday, thanks in part to a quality start from ace Jose Fernandez.
Fernandez wasn't at his best, but he still struck out eight on his way to being credited with his first win of the spring per the official box score. For most pitchers, a final line of six innings, three runs, and eight strikeouts would be a great day. By Ferrnandez standards, it was good but not spectacular. Still, it was enough to sneak by the defending National League champions. Mike Dunn, Henry Rodriguez and Carlos Marmol finished off the pitching with a scoreless inning each. Marmol also earned the save with his effort in the ninth inning.
Marcell Ozuna improved on what has been a subpar spring with his first home run in this one. The solo blast came in the sixth inning and was part of a two hit day for the outfielder. Ozuna still trails behind Jake Marisnick statistically, but a solid final ten days in the spring could result in him winning a roster spot. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled and knocked in a run while fellow new Marlin Garrett Jones continued to struggle. Jones is only hitting .146 this spring after a 0-3 day on Thursday.
Derek Dietrich had a tough moment in the game when a groundball went off course and hit the infielder in the face. Dietrich had to be helped off the field and was diagnosed with a broken nose. Dietrich will likely miss some time and wear protection when he does return to the field. He was unlikely to break camp with the Marlins and this unfortunate injury could clinch his demotion.
The Marlins will take on the Houston Astros on Friday with Nathan Eovaldi scheduled to make the start.