The Miami Marlins offense can never seem to crack right-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez‘s pitching. The Washington Nationals pitcher tossed a seven-inning shutout of the Marlins Thursday night in a 9-0 victory. The Marlins were not able to score as Gonzalez struck out eight batters and walked three allowing only three hits.
The Marlins did not get a good start from Tom Koehler as he lasted only five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, picking up his ninth loss of the season. The bullpen did not help either and with right-handed pitcher Sam Dyson getting a call-up prior to the game Thursday, you would think he would be ready to throw.
Dyson was not ready. In two innings, he allowed three runs on five hits, including a home run to Ian Desmond in the seventh inning. It was a three-run shot and Desmond’s 20th home run of the season. Dyson looked very shaky, and that is not something that the Marlins need at this point of the season if t hey want to finish out strong.
It is Dyson’s third appearance in the big leagues. He was claimed off waivers by the Marlins from the Toronto Blue Jays in January and in two appearances with Toronto last year, Dyson only lasted 0.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
His continued regression was not something the Marlins could have hoped for after sending Arquimedes Caminero down to Triple-A New Orleans before the game.
Dyson has a few more shots to prove himself and if he does not, it will be back to the minors for him.