For the first time on Sunday afternoon, the Miami Marlins' offense struggled in a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. Ian Kennedy pitched well for the Padres, and Eovaldi gave up a late home run which cost him and the Marlins a win.
Nathan Eovaldi has command early
Last season, the Miami Marlins' pitching staff learned to pitch with little run support. Eovaldi was given just a run on Sunday, and after Alexi Amarista's pinch-hit three run home run in the seventh inning, the Marlins lost the lead.
Eovaldi's fastball hit 97-98 mph consistently early on, and he seemed to be mixing up his pitches well, recording a handful of outs with his changeup. The pitch Amarista hit out was a slider on the inside part (and it was a ball), and he made contact quickly.
Over his seven innings, Eovaldi struck out eight while giving up just the three runs. On paper, it is a quality start, however the lack of run support cost Miami a win.
Miami's offense goes silent
Nearly every player in the lineup contributed in some way offensively on the opening homestand during which the Marlins went 5-2. Kennedy ensured that wouldn't be the case as the Marlins sought their first sweep of the season.
Aside from an RBI-single off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton that followed a Christian Yelich triple in the fourth, the Marlins had a difficult time scoring against Kennedy. In six innings, Kennedy struck out five Marlins.
Jeff Baker added an RBI-double in the seventh to make it a 3-2 game, but Huston Street retired the Marlins in order in the ninth and prevented a late rally.
Adeiny Hechavarria sprayed line drives all over the field, none of which dropped for a hit. Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones both went hitless after quick starts.
Marmol solid, defense makes a pair of errors
Dan Jennings gave up a run in relief of Eovaldi, but Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning.
Derek Dietrich misplayed a ground ball in the second inning, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw a ball into center field trying to throw out a runner which eventually led to a Padres run.
The Marlins have Monday off before playing in Washington and Philadelphia, respectively.