So what was reliever Dan Jenning’s take on the pitch he threw to Yasiel Puig, which hit the top of the wall in left and bounced over for the go-ahead blast in Tuesday’s eighth inning?
“I threw him a [fastball] that was down in the zone, and I still stand by the pitch. It was a good pitch,’’ said Jennings, who had not given up a home run all season until Puig took him deep.
“There aren’t a ton of low-ball hitters in the game. He swings at first pitches. I understand that. But that being his first at bat of the day — the first pitch he saw — he was hacking at it. I’ve gone back over it. I’ve looked at it. It happens.’’
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was charged with two errors Tuesday, bringing his season total to 13.
But his defense of late has been especially poor, a sharp departure from earlier in the season when it seemed like he was making every play that came to him.
Hechavarria was charged with seven errors over his first 112 games. Over the past 12: a whopping six. So who is the real Hechavarria defensively?
“The guy we saw earlier,’’ said Hechavarria’s staunchest supporter, Marlins infield coach Perry Hill. “He’s trying to make plays to get us out of jams. I mean, you don’t want him to become passive and take away his aggressiveness. That’s what makes him so good.’’
• Justin Nicolino, obtained by the Marlins in the Toronto Blue Jays deal last November, was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Year.
Nicolino went 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 18 starts for Single A Jupiter before his promotion to Double A Jacksonville. The left-hander struck out 64 and walked 18 in 96 2/3 innings for the Hammerheads.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-2, 3.41 ERA) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-7, 1.80), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.66) vs. Colorado Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.24), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Kershaw is having another Cy Young-caliber year, leading the majors in ERA (1.80), opponents’ batting average (.182) and WHIP (0.85), and ranks second in the NL with 182 strikeouts. Kershaw has gone 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins.