Thursday -- Marlins 5, D-backs 4; Hagens drops debut in 10th. Friday -- D-backs 3, Marlins 2: Cahill, Reed make first-inning home runs stand up. Saturday -- Marlins 2, D-backs 1: Miami edges error-plagued Arizona. Sunday -- RHP Josh Collmenter (8-6, 4.09) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (8-9, 3.86), 10:30 am, FOX Sports Arizona.
Several D-backs hitters are on nice rolls. Center fielder Ender Inciarte has a 13-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 21 of the last 22 games in which he has had an at-bat. First baseman Mark Trumbo has hit safely in eight of the last nine with nine RBI and has reached base in 13 straight. Catcher Miguel Montero has a six-game hitting streak and has reached safely in eight games he has played in August.
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Mr. Strand Man
Setup man Evan Marshall has been a starter's best friend in his three months in the majors. None of the 17 runners Marshall has inherited in his 38 appearances have scored. None. That efficiency leads the NL and will be a franchise record if it continues. Right-hander Gregg Olson set the D-backs' season record when he kept all 16 inherited runners from scoring in 1998, when he moved from setup man early in the season to closer.
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Get out your tape measure -- Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is on deck. Stanton is tied for the major league league lead with 31 home runs, and he is on a roll, having hit eight since July 30. The second of his two homers against St. Louis right-hander Shelby Miller on Monday was gauged at 470 feet, tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the sixth-longest home this season. Stanton has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining before a tape-measure payday is due.
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If new right-hander Bradin Hagens gets into a game, the D-backs will set a franchise record for rookies used in a season: 18. They used 17 in 2004 -- the lost (111 losses) season. Hagens was purchased from Reno after left-hander Andrew Chafin's remarkable debut. Chafin put up some nice round numbers in the D-backs' 1-0, 12-inning victory over Cleveland in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday -- 100 pitches, 0 runs.