Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants series primer
The Miami Marlins will open a four-game homestand in San Francisco on Thursday night, looking to pick up back-to-back road wins for the first time this season after battering the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-3 on Wednesday.
Tom Koehler, who had a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Giants last year, will start Saturday.
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By Christina De NicolaFOX Sports Florida
The Miami Marlins enter the final leg of their season-long 11-game road trip on a better note during a turbulent week.
After scoring a season high in runs and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani's solid major-league debut in the 13-3 victory over the Dodgers, the Marlins (21-20) visit San Francisco (26-15) for a four-game set with the Giants.
Miami had dropped five in a row and ace Jose Fernandez was lost for the year with a torn ligament in his right elbow that will require Tommy John surgery.
The club is two games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, while San Francisco holds a 3.5-game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the West.
The four Marlins starters in the upcoming series combined to give up 16 runs on 28 hits with 13 walks and eight strikeouts over just 18 innings in their first outings of the trip.
San Francisco posts a 3.16 team ERA, good for fourth in the big leagues. A three-time All-Star (Matt Cain), a Cy Young runner-up (Tim Hudson), a two-time Cy Young winner (Tim Lincecum) and a one-time All-Star (Ryan Vogelsong) will take the mound for the Giants.
Here's a look at the upcoming Marlins-Giants series:
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
May 15 (No TV) RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.86 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Cain (0-3, 4.25 ERA)
May 16 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 9:30 p.m.) RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.33 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (4-2, 2.09 ERA)
May 17 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 8:30 p.m.) RHP Tom Koehler (3-3, 2.57 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (3-2, 4.78 ERA)
May 18 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 3:30 p.m.) RHP Jacob Turner (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 4.22 ERA)
RF Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): Not only does Stanton pace the majors with 42 RBI, but he is also riding a career-high 16-game hitting streak. During that span, he is batting .444 with five doubles, four homers and 13 RBI.
RF Hunter Pence (Giants): Pence has multi-hit games in three of the past four, which includes a 4 for 5 performance on Wednesday in a win against the Braves. He homered and drove in three with two runs.
CF Marcell Ozuna (Marlins): After going 0 for 2 as a pinch-hitter and then defensive replacement on Wednesday, Ozuna is 5 for his last 33 with a homer and three RBI with 13 strikeouts. One of those came against catcher Drew Butera, who pitched the final inning. His average is at a season-low .259.
SS Brandon Hicks (Giants): Over his past 10 games, Hicks is 7 for 36 (.194) with five runs, two homers and six RBI. He has struck out 14 times and walked seven other occasions. During this span he has no multi-hit games.
19: Straight at-bats without a hit on the trip for Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
12: Wins over the last 15 games at AT&T Park for the Marlins
21: Wins when San Francisco homers in a game this season. The club's record is 21-8 when that happens.
1.000: Batting average for Pablo Sandoval in five at-bats against Nathan Eovaldi (three doubles)
"It was probably the best approach we've had on this road trip. I thought we swung at strikes and balls in the zone. We were a little bit aggressive in some situations, getting ourselves out a couple of times. It looked like tonight guys were locked in. We got some good pitches to hit. It looked like the ball was carrying a little bit. A lot of different contributors tonight. That's what we needed." -- Manager Mike Redmond on the season-high offensive production on Wednesday
"It's one of the oldest parks, right? It's history and it's cool to be here. It's cool to have my debut here. I couldn't ask for a better moment." -- Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani on his major-league debut on Wednesday. He earned the victory after allowing just two runs over six innings in the 13-3 win
"I just told him it's near about the same shape as the (Double-A Jacksonville) Suns' stadium, but the speakers are a lot louder. Take that into consideration." -- Catcher Jeff Mathis, who told DeSclafani this to calm his nerves