When the Miami Marlins win a baseball game, that seems to be a better story than any individual performance that happens within the game. Sunday, the Marlins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1. The two Marlins runs occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning when Marcell Ozuna doubled to left field, which scored Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich. Ozuna became the hero of the game, but Miami could not have won without a dominating pitching performance from the right-handed Ricky Nolasco.
Nolasco pitched eight innings allowing one run on five hits and struck out 11 Diamondbacks in the process while only walking one batter. His performance Sunday is one of the best of the season from any Marlins pitcher since Jose Fernandez came onto the scene to pitch in his first game. It is a well-deserved Marlins win because Miami had previously been riding a five-game slide, something the team has been used to this season. If it was not for him breaking down in the eighth inning, he would have gotten the complete game.
Nolasco’s career-high for strikeouts in a game is 16 when he did it against the Atlanta Braves Sept. 30, 2009.
This is a bright spot in Nolasco’s season, and it shows teams that may target him this summer in a trade that he still has it and he is not just sitting around the team’s clubhouse moping and waiting for a trade to happen to him. Any good performance he gives is only helping his own cause.