Let’s take a look at three keys from Friday night’s game:
1). Homers lift Miami: In the top of the fifth shortstop Jose Reyes hit a three-run home run to put the Marlins up 3-2. The home run scored Gorkys Hernandez and John Buck. Then in the top of the sixth, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 23rd home run of the season. Stanton’s home run marks the fifth straight game he has hit a home run at Coors Field. That ties a record with Jeff Kent by a visiting player.
2). Bullpen Holds Down Fort: The Marlins bullpen has been more than shaky this season but it did not look that way Friday. The combination of Carlos Zambrano, Mike Dunn, Heath Bell and Steve Cishek‘s eighth save closed out the Marlins victory. The bullpen only allowed three hits and no runs in the final four frames after starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc was pulled after five innings giving up five runs on nine hits striking out two and walking two. LeBlanc was credited with the win improving to 2-2 on the season.
3). Eovadli Starts Saturday: Nathan Eovaldi will take the hill for the Marlins. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA since joining the team from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the Hanley Ramirez trade. The Marlins will face Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 4.28 ERA). This will be Chatwood’s first start against the Marlins in his career.
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