Miami Marlins split day-night doubleheader against New York Mets
Henderson Alvarez led Miami to the victory in Game 1, but the Marlins lost the second game. It was their 93rd loss, matching last year’s total.
09/15/2013 12:01 AM
07/31/2014 5:15 PM
Donovan Solano was plunked by pitches — once on the wrist, the second time on the shoulder — his first two times up Saturday against Mets pitcher Carlos Torres.
His third time up, it was Solano who put a hurting on Torres.
Solano took Torres deep with a solo home run as the Marlins, behind the solid pitching of Henderson Alvarez, handed the Mets a 3-0 loss in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Marlins lost the nightcap, however, 3-1. The defeat gave them 93 losses, matching last season’s total.
“I was a little bit afraid because I didn’t want to get hit by another pitch,” Solano said of his third trip to the plate to face Torres in Saturday’s first game. “But I put a good swing on a fastball and hit a home run.”
Alvarez became the first Marlins starting pitcher other than Jose Fernandez to record a win since he notched a victory against the Cubs on Sept. 2.
“On long days like doubleheaders, you need somebody to step up and be the hero and today, Alvarez and Solano gave us a big lift,” Redmond said.
Other than a mental lapse in the second inning when he lost track of the number of outs, Alvarez was in control of the Mets, holding New York to four hits over seven innings. He didn’t issue any walks while striking out five.
“It was exactly what we needed,” Redmond said of Alvarez. “Knowing it’s going to be a long day, it’s nice to get a solid pitching performance from Alvarez.”
The only time Alvarez found himself in trouble was in the second when the Mets had two aboard with one out.
When he got Travis d’Arnaud to hit a bouncer back to the mound, it looked like an easy, inning-ending double play.
But instead of throwing to second, Alvarez, thinking there were already two outs, nonchalantly tossed the ball to first.
Alvarez then loaded the bases by hitting Omar Quintanilla with a pitch and went to 3-2 on Torres before getting another bouncer back to the mound for the third out.
“He lost track of the outs and really cost himself about 15 or 16 pitches,” Redmond said. “He probably could have pitched into the eighth. We’ve got to know how many out there are.”
Chad Qualls worked the eighth, and Steve Cishek handled the ninth to preserve the Marlins’ 11th shutout victory and record his 30th save.
The Marlins sputtered at the plate in the second game of the doubleheader against Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who recorded just his second big-league win over the past two seasons.
Matsuzaka allowed only two hits over seven innings — a fourth-inning solo homer by Justin Ruggiano and a seventh-inning single by Adeiny Hechavarria — while Marlins starter Jacob Turner struggled.
Turner gave up back-to-back homers to Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda in the third.
Since the All-Star break, Turner has gone 0-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts.
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Greg Dobbs said he would welcome a chance to return to the Marlins next season, if the team wants him back. The 35-year-old veteran role player is eligible for free agency after the season.
“I really feel like we’re headed in the right direction and I’d like to be a part of that transition, to be a part of the success that I envision us having in the near future,” Dobbs said of the Marlins. “When I look at all the young pieces we have — that are coming together — this is where I’d like to stay.”
Dobbs likely wouldn’t cost the budget-minded Marlins a fortune — a one-year deal in the $1.5 million range would seem plausible.
And even though Dobbs has played for a World Series winner with the 2008 Phillies, he said returning to a Marlins team that is likely to finish last for a third season in a row doesn’t dissuade him from coming back.• Nathan Eovaldi (back) continues to improve. Redmond said Eovaldi would throw a bullpen session Sunday and, if everything goes OK, will likely start Wednesday in Philadelphia.
• Signs point to catcher Jeff Mathis (bruised right thumb) also returning during the Philadelphia series.
Coming up• Sunday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-10, 4.80 ERA) at New York Mets RHP Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.61), 1:10 p.m., Citi Field.
• Scouting report: Gee is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins. Since May 30, Gee’s 2.40 ERA is fourth-best in the N.L., trailing only the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez (1.50), the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (2.08) and the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke (2.45).
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