Last night’s game
Baseball’s hottest hitter versus a bullpen in flux is a situation that often ends predictably. Such was the case Tuesday night when Matt Carpenter took an Elieser Hernandez pitch deep in the eighth inning for what would turn out to be the game-winning home run.
Prior to that, Pablo López was outstanding:
Pablo López tosses a career-high 7 innings, allowing 2 ER on 4 hits.— Wells Dusenbury (@DuseReport) August 8, 2018
✅1st #Marlins starter to go more than 6 IP since July 22
✅Has allowed 3 ER in past 13 IP
✅He's only 22
Mattingly offered his thoughts on the performance:
.@Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks about the strong performance from Pablo Lopez, the defensive efforts of Derek Dietrich, and coming up with big plays in key moments. #JustGettinStarted #MLB pic.twitter.com/OvEXsZogmI— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) August 8, 2018
That “bullpen in flux” I mentioned earlier? Yeah, Kyle Barraclough has been removed from the closer’s role and replaced by the dreaded committee.
The Herald asks who might emerge to lead it.
On the farm:
In brighter news Marlins AA SP @NickNeidert K’d 13 batters tonight. Part of the Dee Gordon trade to Seattle. He’s been great.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) August 5, 2018
The rubber match of the series takes place tonight at 7:10 p.m., pitting “El Profe” Trevor Richards (3-6) against John Gant (3-4).
Here’s how they stack up: