Henderson Alvarez was left shaking his head after the Marlins erupted for a 13-5 win over the Rockies on Friday. Coors Field has a way of doing that to pitchers, and Alvarez was no exception.
“It’s crazy,” Alvarez said of pitching in the ballpark, which is not friendly to pitcher’s psyches — or their ERAs.
Alvarez and the Marlins emerged victorious Friday even though the pitcher was in constant battle mode, giving up 10 hits, including a pair of two-run homers over six innings.
Pitching at Coors for the first time, Alvarez said he experienced shortness of breath while on the mound, perhaps due to the altitude.
Colorado’s pitchers were likely a bit winded, too.
After all, the Marlins kept them occupied by putting 26 runners on base by base hit, walk or hit batsman. According to baseballreference.com, that’s the most base runners for the Marlins in a nine-inning game since 2008 when they put 30 aboard at — you guessed it — Coors Field in an 18-17 loss to Colorado.
The Marlins on Friday totaled 16 hits, walked nine times and recorded one hit batsman when Reed Johnson was plunked by a pitch.
The 26 Marlins to reach base (excluding errors) tied for 10th-most on the franchise’s all-time list in a nine-inning game.
Marcell Ozuna hit his second grand slam of the season, a ninth-inning shot that put Friday’s game out of reach, leaving him within one of the team record.
Jeff Conine (2004), Cody Ross (2009) and Hanley Ramirez (2009) each hit three grand slams in a season.
The unflappable Ozuna has a career average of .375 (9 for 24) with the bases loaded.
CALL-UPS IN STORE
Once rosters expand on Sept. 1, the Marlins could add as many as a half-dozen players, several of whom are currently on the disabled list and working their way back into playing form.
That group includes relievers Carter Capps and Dan Jennings, as well as second baseman Derek Dietrich. In addition, the Marlins could call up several more players from the minors.
Those who figure to receive promotions are catcher J.T. Realmuto and infielder/outfielder Kike Hernandez.
The Marlins might refrain from calling up starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, who already has totaled a career-high 145 2/3 innings pitched. Heaney, in fact, has racked up more innings this season than all but three pitchers on the Marlins: Alvarez (150 2/3), Nathan Eovaldi (162) and Tom Koehler (148 1/3 entering his start Saturday).
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