On Tuesday the Miami Marlins picked up their second win in as many days, with a 4-3 victory against the Colorado Rockies.
Nathan Eovaldi went six strong innings in which he struck out six, and walked only one while surrendering two runs on six hits. At times Eovaldi looked as dominant as Jose Fernandez did on Monday while he kept the Rockies’ offense off-balance. In all Eovaldi threw 95 pitches with 62 of them going for strikes. That ratio pales in comparison to Fernandez’s effort but is still excellent and will lead to wins on most days. After Eovaldi exited, Carlos Marmol, Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos combined for two innings of relief with one coming home on a Carlos Gonzalez double. That run was scored off of Dunn in the eighth inning in what was a subpar outing for the southpaw. In the ninth, Steve Cishek picked up his first save of the year and his 30th consecutive save dating back to last season with a perfect inning.
The offense scored a pair of runs in the second inning and another pair in the sixth inning to put the Marlins ahead for good. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Adeiny Hechavarria, Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee all knocked in runs in this one. Saltalamacchia and Reed Johnson each doubled with the latter coming as a pinch-hitter. The at-bat was the first for Johnson as a Marlin and started off the eventual winning rally in the sixth inning. One of the more surprising moments of the game came when Stanton stole third base. Rockies’ starter Brett Anderson paid no attention to Stanton, and that coupled with third baseman Nolan Arenado playing back allowed the Marlins’ slugger to steal third easily.
On Wednesday the Marlins will try to make it three for three on the year when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound.