National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 28th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (43-58) at Miami Marlins (45-54), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 5.16)
Miami - Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.15)
(Sports Network) - Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound in his Miami Marlins debut
tonight in the resumption of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.
Eovaldi was dealt to Miami in the trade that sent infielder Hanley Ramirez to
the Dodgers on Wednesday. Eovaldi, a 22-year-old right-hander who was drafted
in the 11th round by the Dodgers in 2008, has made 10 starts this year and has
received just 1.44 runs of support per start, the lowest in the big leagues.
He's coming off a no-decision against the Mets on Sunday. In that game,
Eovaldi allowed seven hits and a run over 4 1/3 innings and had a season-high
"I'm still new to everything, it's just getting used to it, the new stadium
and stuff," Eovaldi said Friday. "I'm not too nervous at all. I am taking it
as another start, and I'm going to keep going with the same game plan and keep
doing what I'm doing."
Ross Ohlendorf, who was signed by the Padres on June 4, has yet to lose for
the parent club in eight games (4 starts). The righty threw 6 2/3 innings in a
no-decision against Colorado on Sunday when he allowed five hits and a pair of
runs in 6 2/3 innings. He is 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA in four career starts against
Last night, just when it appeared that Carlos Zambrano had turned a corner,
San Diego rallied for five runs in the sixth inning and went on to a 7-2 win.
Yasmani Grandal delivered a go-ahead, bases-clearing triple and scored twice
for the Padres, who have won nine of their past 13.
"Maybe he's scared to throw the ball over and they'll hit a grand slam,"
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're trying to figure it out, whether it
is mechanic. We talked to him early, and he said he was feeling fine. The
first couple of innings, we were very excited to have him on the mound.
Everything went south pretty quick."
Kip Wells (2-3), who allowed six runs -- five earned -- in his last start,
rebounded well, tossing six strong innings and limiting Miami to two runs on
Zambrano (5-9) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on three hits and four
walks in five-plus innings. Over his last nine starts, Zambrano is 1-6 with a
7.66 earned run average.
Jose Reyes tripled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and knocked in a
run, as the Marlins lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.
Miami swept a three-game set from the Padres at Petco Park earlier in the
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