WASHINGTON -- Randy Wolf’s rough first start for the Marlins didn’t knock the 37-year-old veteran left-hander out of the rotation.
Despite getting rocked for six runs on eight hits by the Brewers and struggling to get through five innings Sunday, Wolf was told by manager Mike Redmond that he will get another crack at it Saturday when the Marlins host the Braves.
“First outing was a little rough, but hopefully the second one will be lights out,” Redmond said. “Because I’ve seen him be lights out. You know it’s in there.”
Wolf is the second pitcher to try to fill in for the injured Jose Fernandez. Anthony DeSclafani made two starts after Fernandez went down for the season on May 9. Sunday, DeSclafani lasted only four innings in his first start since being sent back to the minors. He allowed one run on four hits for Triple A New Orleans but needed 75 pitches to get through it.
Top prospect Andrew Heaney was recently promoted to New Orleans. Heaney tossed five innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts last Thursday. He’s scheduled to start for the Zephyrs again Tuesday. It’s expected Heaney will at least get a few starts in Triple A before the Marlins call him up.
Replay run ends
Redmond’s run of 10 consecutive replay-challenge victories dating to April 18 came to an end in the sixth inning Monday when he lost an appeal on a pickoff play involving Casey McGehee at second base.
“It was close and Casey was adamant, he didn’t feel like he tagged him,” Redmond said. “It took a while to kind of get a picture. It was inconclusive, I guess. I don’t even know what they called. But it was close enough at that point, 3-0 with a runner in scoring position, it was worth using a challenge for me to see if we could keep that runner at second base.”
With a father who was an officer in the army for 23 years, Marlins utility man Jeff Baker has a special appreciation for the military and Memorial Day. And being able to come back home and play in the nation’s capital Monday against the Nationals was extra special.
Baker said that although his father, Larry, never battled on the front lines, “he was in charge of people who were getting shot at” and he took that responsibility for what it was. Baker said his father worked in both air defense and nuclear weapons and was involved in Desert Storm.
An only child, Baker said he and his parents never stayed in the same city more than two years. Born in a U.S. base in Germany, Baker said the family moved from West Point, New York, to Norfolk, Virginia, to Egypt to Kuwait to Abu Dhabi to Key West and then Colorado Springs. Baker said he was a sophomore in high school when his father finally decided to retire as a colonel.
“He was about to become a general when he basically gave it all up so I could concentrate on high school and baseball,” Baker said.
His father is now a computer math teacher at Gar-Field High School in nearby Woodbridge, Virginia.
“When you’re going through those things you don’t realize that’s not the norm,” Baker said of being an Army brat.
“I thought it was cool, traveling, seeing the bases. I always liked going out seeing the ships, seeing the soldiers march around. When we were in Abu Dhabi they actually set up a T-ball league. I remember that was kind of interesting because we played basically on sand. The thing that was great was the moms and the dads and the families bonding together and trying to help us play sports, whatever it was.”
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.56), 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (4-4, 3.10) vs. Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmerman (3-2, 3.95), 7:05 p.m. Nationals Park.