Casey McGehee finally broke his season-long homerless drought with a 2-run blast in the first inning, but the Marlins' lead would be short-lived. Starter Nathan Eovaldi staggered through 5 innings, giving up 4 walks and 7 hits, including an RBI triple and solo homer to Padres left fielder Seth Smith, who wound up a single shy of becoming the first Padre to hit for the cycle.
Surprisingly, despite his ineffectiveness, Eovaldi was able to hold the Padres to only two runs through the first five innings. The Marlins bullpen, however, was not so fortunate.
Carlos Marmol started the sixth inning by recording two quick outs. The Padres recovered with a two out bunt single and stolen base by speedster Everth Cabrera, who wound up on third base following the steal thanks to an errant throw by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. This led to an intentional walk to the red hot Smith, followed, of course, by a 3-run homer by Chase Headley in his first game since being activated from the Disabled List where he had been nursing a calf injury.
Although the Padres would need no more runs, they insisted on continuing to score them anyway. Brad Hand surrendered a 2-run double to Smith in the seventh inning and Carter Capps, who had been nothing short of brilliant in his first few appearances as a Marlin, gave up an RBI single to Yonder Alonso, following a walk and a wild pitch by Capps.
Many on the game thread questioned Manager Mike Redmond's decision to go with Marmol in such a high leverage situation with the game tied in the sixth inning, with the more effective Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos and Capps available after having Friday off.
It remains to been seen how much more time Marmol will be given to prove himself with the Marlins, given his ERA, which has now ballooned to over 8. If Marmol is designated for assignment, the Marlins front office will have to consider bullpen options in the organization, such as Henry Rodriguez, and outside the organization, such as former Marlin Andrew Miller.
With the bullpen scuffling, the Marlins will send complete game machine Henderson Alvarez to the mound on Sunday as they try to salvage a 2-2 series split in San Diego before they head to Los Angeles for three games against the Dodgers.