Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez was placed on the disabled list to begin the year, though the moment he has waited for since being traded to Miami in November came on Friday night. After six scoreless innings, Alvarez earned his first victory as a member of the Marlins as a result of Miami's 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Friday night marked just the third Marlins shutout of the season. Miami has won two in a row ane four of their last five games after struggling to score runs immediately after the All-Star break.
Henderson Alvarez earns first win as Marlin
Alvarez was able to shut down a lineup and a team that the Marlins have historically struggled against. Over his six innings, he walked one while striking out five.
Heading into Spring Training, Alvarez was viewed as a key part of Miami's future starting rotation. After starting the season on the DL, Alvarez's return gave Miami starting pitching depth.
Alvarez was lifted for a pinch hitter, though he could have remained in the game if it were not for an offensive threat.
For Marlins offense, few was enough
Throughout the season, Miami's offense has been inconsistent. That trend continued after the All-Star break, as the squad went over 30 innings without scoring a run.
Against the Pirates on Friday, two runs off of Pirates starter Jeff Locke was enough. Miami had several opportunities to add insurance runs but struggled to do so.
With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Placido Polanco's infield single gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Giancarlo Stanton's 12th home run of the season in the seventh gave Miami its second run of the night.
Outfielder Jake Marisnick also collected his first major league hit against Pittsburgh.
Marlins bullpen solid
After Alvarez's quality start, the Marlins' bullpen was able to keep the two run lead.