National League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, July 8
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (43-46) at Arizona Diamondbacks (38-53), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Brad Hand (0-1, 6.21)
Arizona - Vidal Nuno (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona gets its first look at Vidal Nuno on Tuesday, as
the left-hander makes his Diamondbacks debut in the second of a three-game
series versus the Miami Marlins at Chase Field.
Nuno was acquired from the New York Yankees on Sunday in exchange for
struggling righty Brandon McCarthy. Nuno had been 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA for the
Yankees this season, striking out 60 in 78 innings but allowing 15 home runs.
However, he had pitched to a 3.71 ERA over his last three starts.
"Now I have another opportunity," Nuno said. "And what I want to do is just
work hard and just try and do what I have to do to keep on grinding and finish
the season strong."
Arizona drew first blood in this series on Monday, as David Peralta drove in
three runs to lead the Diamondbacks to a 9-1 victory. Peralta doubled, tripled
and scored twice, while Miguel Montero drove in two runs and Martin Prado
homered for Arizona, which is 6-1 in its last seven games at home against the
"Guys came out and scored some runs early," said Arizona All-Star first
baseman Paul Goldschmidt. "That was big."
Chase Anderson (6-4), who entered the game with four straight losses,
surrendered just one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts over six solid
Adeiny Hechavarria drove in the Marlins' lone run with a sacrifice fly and
Garrett Jones doubled twice among his three hits for Miami, which has lost
three of its last five games.
Tom Koehler (6-7) was pelted for seven runs on eight hits across three-plus
innings in defeat.
"Command was off, had a tough time throwing his fastball for strikes," Marlins
manager Mike Redmond said of Koehler.
Heading to the hill for the Marlins on Tuesday will be lefty Brad Hand, who is
0-1 with a 6.21 ERA. Hand did not get a decision on Thursday against
Philadelphia, as he allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings of his
team's 5-4 loss.
Hand had fired five scoreless innings, before allowing three singles in the
sixth. The 99 pitches he threw in that one were the fourth most he has thrown
in his career.
"I felt pretty good," said Hand, who will be making just his fourth start of
the season. "First inning, I ran into a little bit of trouble. I had some deep
counts, threw a lot of pitches. But other than that, I felt it was all right.
Just got to get through the sixth next time with no runs."
Arizona has taken 13 of 18 from the Marlins.
07/08 18:45:17 ET
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