The Miami Marlins opened the second half of the season with a 9-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
It was the fifth loss in a row for Miami and also the second consecutive game in which they lost 9-1. The finale of the first half against the New York Mets had the same score. That series in New York also opened with a 7-1 loss for the Marlins.
Nathan Eovaldi struggled and was knocked around by the Giants. The right-hander allowed eight runs on nine hits in four short innings. It took Eovaldi 84 pitches to get through those four frames and the Giants did not seem fooled in the slightest. The effort pushed Eovaldi's E.R.A to 4.08 on the year and was also his fifth loss.
Dan Jennings came out of the bullpen and allowed a run of his own in his one inning to extend the lead for the Giants. The rest of the relievers kept San Francisco off the board but it was too late with the game out of reach. Those other arms to take part in this game were Chris Hatcher, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris and Steve Cishek.
Giancarlo Stanton ended a home run drought when he hit his 22nd blast of the season in the sixth inning. The slugger had gone 75 at-bats between home runs before Friday's.
Henderson Alvarez will make the start on Saturday after taking part in the All-Star Game festivites on Tuesday. Alvarez did not end up pitching in the Midsummer Classic and last pitched on July 11th.