Eovaldi, Marlins fall to San Francisco Giants in slugfest
08/17/2013 2:49 AM
08/17/2013 2:51 AM
The Marlins and Giants are the two worst offensive teams in the National League. But they didn’t play like it Friday night.
In a wild slugfest rarely seen here, the teams combined for the most runs (24) and hits (35) in a game at 2-year-old Marlins Park — a 14-10 San Francisco victory played in front of 26,166 fans, the third-largest home crowd of the season.
Nathan Eovaldi, who had given up just three earned runs in his previous four starts combined, got lit up for a career-high 12 hits and nine earned runs and saw his ERA rise from 2.82 to 3.96 after three miserable innings of work.
“I looked at the video, and I didn’t see anything like I was tipping my pitches,” Eovaldi said. “The first inning they were working the counts real well. I really feel like I located the majority of my pitches the first inning. Just tip your cap. They put hits together and hit the ball well.”
When the Marlins (46-74) played the Giants (54-67) in June on the West Coast, they combined for 24 runs over their four-game series. On Friday, they matched it.
The Marlins, who made two fielding errors in the first two innings to help the Giants to an early 7-0 lead, put up 11 hits and eight earned runs against Giants starter Chad Gaudin — a former Marlin himself.
But they could never catch the Giants despite rallying after trailing 7-0 after two innings and 12-4 in the fourth.
San Francisco produced a season-high 14 runs and 19 hits. Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval each had four hits and combined for four RBI. Hunter Pence had three hits and five RBI.
Justin Ruggiano, who broke out of his career-long 0-for-42 slump in Kansas City earlier this week, continued to crush the ball. He hit two home runs — his first two of the season at home and first since July 3 — and drove in four runs after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the fourth.
Rookie Christian Yelich and second baseman Donovan Solano each had three hits and combined to drive in three runs for the Marlins, who scored nine runs or more for only the fourth time this season and put up 16 hits (one shy of their season high).
“It was crazy,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “For us to score 10 runs and lose that ballgame is kind of hard to believe. We hadn’t had a game like that all year where we were just unable to stop the other team. We tried everything to slow them down. We couldn’t do it.”• Third baseman Placido Polanco left the game in the eighth after being plunked in the back of the head by a pitch from Santiago Casilla. Polanco stayed on the ground near home plate for a few minutes before walking off under his own power to the clubhouse.
Redmond said afterward that Polanco was fine and didn’t show any signs of a concussion.
After eight years in the Marlins’ minor-league system, hard-throwing Arquimedes Caminero, 26, made his major-league debut for the Marlins.
He tossed a scoreless eighth, hitting one batter and striking out another without giving up a hit.
Armed with a fastball that can touch 100 mph, Caminero has always been viewed as a pitcher with closer stuff.
The Marlins have been waiting for the 6-4, 255-pound Dominican-born right-hander to mature and find the strike zone consistently.
“It means a lot to me. It’s something I’ve been working a long time for this,” said Caminero, who was 5-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 42 appearances for Double A Jacksonville this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011.
Although he said he doesn’t throw as hard as he used to (he said he sits between 96 and 100 mph), Caminero said he feels better and in more control of his fastball. This season, he has posted 68 strikeouts and 21 walks in the minors.
“This is a guy who has an ability to go in there and pick up some strikeouts, which is always nice to have if we get into a situation where we need a strikeout or something,” Redmond said.• Thursday’s surgery aimed at relieving pressure, swelling and bleeding in the head of Marlins minor-league pitcher Ramon Del Orbe, who fractured his skull after being struck by a line drive in the right temple earlier this week, “went well,” according to Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott.
Scott said there is no timetable for Del Orbe’s release and the 21-year-old will remain in intensive care for at least another day.
When he is released, Scott said minor-league Latin coordinator Bobby Ramos and a trainer, who are with Del Orbe at the hospital, will travel back with him to Greensboro, N.C.
Scott said Del Orbe will probably need reconstructive surgery at a later date.
COMING UP• Saturday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. San Francisco Giants RHP Matt Cain (7-8, 4.44), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.62) vs. Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.73), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Alvarez has never faced the Giants. Cain lost to the Marlins on June 23, giving up three runs and six hits to go with eight strikeouts. He is 4-4 with a 3.11 ERA in his career against the Marlins.