Miami Marlins Week In Review: Last Hit, First Pitch

Thearon W. Henderson

Highlight plays, JP's hitting streak ends, Nathan Eovaldi returns, a Marlins pitcher gets his first major league win, and some highlights of this week in Marlins Baseball.

On The Field

The Marlins played five games this week, three against the Diamondbacks and two against the Giants. They took one out of three from Arizona and took two from San Francisco, ending the week 3-2.

Fish Stripes Coverage

Diamondbacks, Game 1, June 17th

Diamondbacks, Game 2, June 18th

Diamondbacks, Game 3, June 19th

Giants, Game 1, June 20th

Giants, Game 2, June 21st

Nate's Return

Tuesday marked Nathan Eovaldi's first start after being sidelined with shoulder inflammation.

In six strong innings, Eovaldi allowed two runs on three hits, striking out three while walking just one. One would assume the young righty was on a strict pitch-count, throwing 84 pitches before skipper Mike Redmond went to his bullpen.

The outing was impressive, but a pitch-to-pitch look at Eovaldi's first start back shows you what kind of impact he can have.

The Marlins have just one "hard thrower" among their regular starters, Jose Fernandez. The 20-year-old has used a 95 mph fastball to set up his damaging secondary pitches. Eovaldi's fastball was averaging just under 97 mph in his start on Tuesday. Combine that with a hard slider and slow curve, and the Marlins now have two ace-quality arms.

The injury that placed Eovaldi on the DL came as a bit of a surprise. Mike Redmond thought the young righty was having "the best spring" among Marlins pitchers.

Pierre's Streak Ends, Ozuna Hitting Out Of Slump

In a 2-1 win against the Giants on Thursday, Juan Pierre's hit streak ended in an 0-for-4 day.

In the 14-game-long stretch, JP had eight multi-hit performances. Pierre's streak also saw the Marlins go a positive 10-8 in June, his on-base efforts being key to the Marlins' increased run production. By the time his streak had ended, Pierre's batting average on the season went from .217 to .257

Marcel Ozuna was slumping pretty hard in June. He'd been batting just below the .200 line for most of the month. In the last week's games against San Francisco, the Marlins' outfielder started to find the ball again.

After dropping a blooper off the bat of Hunter Pence, Ozuna hit a key single , breaking a 3-3 tie in a game Miami would win 6-3.

Plays of the Week

- Giancarlo Stanton smacks a mammoth shot to deep right field against the D-backs on Monday, one of his two on the night:

-From the same game, some defensive antics. Adeiny Hechavarria shows some leather and nifty footwork on this gem.

-Miami's backstops have been giving base stealers something to think about while taking a lead from first. This week saw that trend continue, with Rob Brantly (12 of 30 base stealers thrown out) blanking Gregor Blanco and Jeff Mathis (nine of 14 thrown out) throwing out Gerrardo Parra. Making those plays even more impressive is the quality of base runners thrown out, with Blanco and Parra both being noted NL speedsters.

-Justin Ruggiano gets a good jump, makes a nice slide to end the inning.

-Tom Koehler allows just three hits on his way to earning his first win in the majors:

Coming Up

Next week, the Marlins play a two-game series with the Minnesota Twins of the AL Central. The Twins are still below .500, but have started to swing some hot bats as of late. Jose Fernandez is scheduled to take the mound on Tuesday's game, first pitch of which is slated for 7:10 PM at Marlins Park. Tom Koehler will get the start for Wednesday's game, a noon start.

Miami will also face the Padres on Friday. Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to get this 7:10 PM start, part of a four-game series, at Marlins park.

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