LOS ANGELES -- He might not be the second coming of Jose Fernandez. But Anthony DeSclafani, who will make his Major League debut on Wednesday in Fernandez’s place, comes highly regarded within the Marlins organization.
“He’s got a great arm and he pounds the strike zone,” said Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who is familiar with the right-hander from their days in Toronto’s minor league system.
DeSclafani pitched for Redmond in 2012 at Single A Lansing before being included in the 12-player blockbuster trade involving the Marlins and Blue Jays.
“I know in Toronto, he was definitely a guy they didn’t want to lose,” Redmond said. “He was kind of that guy they thought was under the radar, but obviously he wasn’t. I thought it was a great addition to that trade, picking him up.”
DeSclafani, who played collegiately at the University of Florida, has gone 3-4 with a 4.19 ERA in eight starts this season for Double A Jacksonville.
“He’s got tremendous upside,” Redmond said. “Of all our younger guys, because he was a college guy, he’s a little more polished. This is a big test for him.”
‘A tough day’
On a day that began with the sobering news Fernandez was injured and was likely lost for the season, the bad times continued for the Marlins on Monday when the Dodgers handed them their fourth consecutive defeat.
The Dodgers played punching bag with Tom Koehler and the rest of the Marlins’ pitching staff in a 6-5 victory.
“It’s been a tough day,” Redmond said afterward.
Koehler, who was coming off back-to-back performances in which he had not allowed a run, was all over the map and walked five before being lifted with two outs in the fourth.
Koehler, who threw 103 pitches, became only the second pitcher in Marlins history to throw as many as 100 pitches in fewer than four innings.
The other was Mark Redman, who totaled 100 pitches in only three innings on July 12, 2003.
“I really struggled with command of breaking pitches,” Koehler said. “When you’re not throwing breaking pitches for strikes, they’re able to eliminate it.”
Christian Yelich, who grew up not far from Dodger Stadium in Thousand Oaks and attended games there as a child, described his home run there Monday as a “surreal” experience. He said anywhere from 150 to 200 friends and family members were on hand to watch him play.
“I don’t know how many games I’ve come to at this stadium; a lot,” Yelich said. “I’ve come to a lot of those games with the same people who were in the stands last night. So to be able to do that, it was kind of like a dream. When I hit it and was running around the bases, I was like ‘Did this really just happen?’ ”
• Giancarlo Stanton, who also grew nearby in Panorama, drove in two runs Monday and extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games.
What do Carlos Marmol and Henry Rodriguez have in common?
Besides the fact that both have pitched for the Marlins this season, they’re two of only four pitchers since 1914 to log at least 150 innings and average at least six walks and nine strikeouts per nine innings. The others: Doug Creek and Mark Clear.
In what was his second outing since replacing Marmol on the roster, Rodriguez on Monday walked four batters, including one with the bases loaded, in only two-thirds of an inning.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Anthony DeSclafani (Major League debut) at Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Paul Maholm (1-3, 4.71), 10:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.86) at San Francisco Giants RHP Matt Cain (0-3, 4.25), 10:15 p.m., AT&T Park.