Friday’s start might be Ricky Nolasco’s last as a Marlin at the Giants’ ballpark, but he could end up pitching there for San Francisco.
Perry Hill always bemoans the fact that one of his former star pupils, Alex Gonzalez, never won a Gold Glove Award. But Hill could have a Gold Glove shortstop in the making in Adeiny Hechavarria. "I’m one of those guys I don’t believe it until I see it," said Hill of Hechavarria, who joined the Marlins in the controversial trade with Toronto last fall. "But I’m a believer."
As his batting average has dropped, Derek Dietrich's eagerness at the plate has increased. The combination is one reason the Marlins' 23-year-old rookie second baseman is mired in a slump. On the road trip, he was 1-for-13 entering Saturday.
The "Giants Way" is a blueprint to what the Marlins are ultimately trying to become. Like San Francisco, the Marlins play in a pitcher-friendly park that is not conducive for home runs. The Giants are built around pitching, defense and scrappy hitting. "I think they have a little bit of everything," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "They may not hit a ton of home runs, but they score a lot of runs. They have a good lineup -- a lineup that makes contact and moves the ball around. They have guys who take their walks and get on base. The middle of their order is very productive, and they pitch."
Coming through in the clutch just might be what it takes to get Marcell Ozuna back on track. The Marlins certainly hope so. Ozuna has stepped up with game-winning singles in each of Miami's first two games at AT&T Park against the Giants. On Thursday night, the 22-year-old slapped a two-run, pinch-hit single that highlighted a 2-1 win. And in Friday's 6-3 victory, the rookie outfielder came through with the go-ahead RBI single. Both key hits came in the eighth inning. Ozuna also added the game-tying single Friday.
In the fifth inning of the Marlins' 74th game of the season, Mike Redmond was ejected for the first time as a big league manager. The 42-year-old former catcher was tossed by first-base umpire Mark Wegner after a disputed fan interference call at AT&T Park.
With the non-waiver trade deadline six weeks away, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said the Miami Marlins are not getting flooded with inquires yet.
Around The League
On Friday, the Phillies welcomed Chase Utley back to their starting lineup. What he means for the team, and his place in Phillies history, are not in dispute. But exactly what his presence means now, for a team below .500, is up for some debate.
The victory combined with Seattle's 7-5 win over Oakland (44-33) at Safeco Field creates a virtual tie atop the American League West standings. "It's amazing man ... the team that won the World Series in 2011," Perez said. "I just thought I had to work good and do the same thing I did in Triple-A. ... I can't put more pressure on myself. I have the ball, they have the bat and if I throw the ball where I want to, they don't have much of a chance. I had a job to do and I did the best I can."
With Adam Jones and Mike Trout neck-and-neck at the top of the American League outfield race in the most recent voting tally, the Orioles' Nick Markakis has a tenuous hold on the coveted No. 3 spot, in a tight race with the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista and the Tigers' Torii Hunter.
At Fish Stripes
Despite both getting off to warm starts, Miami Marlins rookies Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich are currently in the midst of offensive slumps. Manager Mike Redmond has given both games off in recent days.
The Miami Marlins will certainly be trading Ricky Nolasco before this year's trade deadline. Could the right partner be the San Francisco Giants?
-Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: June 20 - Fish Stripes
Batavia and Jupiter each lost due to a lack of offense, Scott Lyman struck out 13 for Greensboro, but they were shut out, Anthony DeSciafani shined in his Double-A debut, and the New Orleans lineup was no match for Jarred Cosart.
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.