Elieser Hernandez stumbled and fell during his windup without the ball ever leaving his hand. He was charged with a balk, and that was just the beginning of a night of miscues by the Marlins in their 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.
All of it was probably enough to gray Don Mattingly’s hair as the manager watched the game with Derek Jeter from the co-owner’s private suite while serving a one-game suspension.
"We made a few mistakes," said bench coach Tim Wallach, who managed in Mattingly's absence.
Hernandez’s unscripted gymnastics routine didn’t end up costing him.
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But the same couldn’t be said for a base running blunder by JT Riddle and a dropped fly ball by Derek Dietrich as the Marlins’ three-game win streak came to an end.
The Marlins missed out on a scoring opportunity when Riddle, trying to stretch a double, was thrown at third for the first out of the second inning. And the Diamondbacks scored one of their two runs in the third on Dietrich’s misplay.
It was a mixed-bag outing for Hernandez, who was filling in for injured starter Jose Urena. Hernandez was only able to work four innings, allowing a pair of runs while striking out eight, before rookie Ben Meyer took over and covered four innings. Hernandez said it wasn't the first time he's tripped and fallen on the mound.
"A couple of times," Hernandez said. "In the minor leagues it happened to me."
Hernandez’s unusual stumble aside, the real problem for the Marlins was mistakes by others. There was Riddle breaking a cardinal rule by being thrown out at third for the first out of an inning and potentially costing the Marlins a run.
"He (the outfielder) kind of bobbled it two or three times, so when I saw it like the third time I tried to put the wheels back on," Riddle explained of his decision to try to take third. "It was early in the game, trying to make something happen. Two good throws and they got me out."
Then came Dietrich’s miscue.
After Jake Lamb doubled to drive in the Diamondback’s first run, David Peralta drove a deep fly ball to left. Dietrich raced back toward the warning track. But as he reached up to make the catch, the ball came out of his glove, and Arizona scored to make it 2-0. Peralta was credited with a double by the official scorer.
"Dietrich's working hard out there and he's getting better," Wallach said. "Those ones in the outfield usually end up being multiple bases."
The Marlins made little noise offensively.
Starlin Castro clubbed a solo homer in the fifth off Arizona starter Zack Godley (9-5). The Marlins got another unearned run back on a throwing error by Arizona second baseman Ketel Marte.
NOTES: The Marlins are expected to call up rookie pitching prospect Pablo Lopez from Triple A New Orleans to make his major league debut either Friday or Saturday against the Mets.
Lopez was pulled abruptly from his start on Tuesday with New Orleans after throwing only 17 pitches.
Lopez, 22, has dominated this season in the minors, going 1-2 with a 0.62 ERA for Double A Jacksonville before his promotion to New Orleans. The Marlins acquired Lopez in a trade last summer with Seattle for reliever David Phelps.
-- Third baseman Martin Prado played his first rehab game Tuesday since going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Prado was hitless in two at bats for Single A Jupiter. There is no timetable on his return.