Facing an offensively challenged Miami Marlins team that’s been
particularly bad against left-handers lately, Wade Miley appears to
be in a good spot to rebound from his worst outing of the
Miley will try to keep the Miami bats quiet and lead the Arizona
Diamondbacks to their fifth straight win in the finale of a
three-game series at Marlins Park on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks (25-18) moved into sole possession of first
place in the NL West on Saturday after Brandon McCarthy pitched a
three-hitter to beat the Marlins 1-0, Arizona’s ninth win in 12
“He just got on a roll and we left him in there,” manager Kirk
Gibson said. “He did it quickly, that was the best sign of
Arizona starters have keyed the team’s success during the past
12 contests, posting a 2.32 ERA and pitching at least seven innings
Miley (3-2, 3.75 ERA) contributed one of those strong starts,
but his next outing didn’t go well. The left-hander allowed a
season-high seven runs over five innings of a 10-1 loss to Atlanta
“He didn’t make the pitches he needed to make,” manager Kirk
Miley, though, may be able to bounce back Sunday. He’s given up
one run and five hits over 14 1-3 innings while winning his two
career starts against the Marlins.
Miley faces a Miami team that ranks last in the major leagues
with a .221 batting average and 2.67 runs per game. The NL-worst
Marlins (11-32), losers of seven straight, are hitting .188 with
five extra-base hits in their last five games against
Greg Dobbs (.139), Juan Pierre (.152), Adeiny Hechavarria (.154)
and Rob Brantly (.091) have endured the biggest struggles against
lefties among the Marlins.
Miami has totaled three runs for Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 4.39) in
his past three starts, though the right-hander allowed 10 runs over
11 innings in two of them. He lost all three games.
Nolasco gave up a season-high six runs in five innings of a 6-2
defeat to Cincinnati on Tuesday.
“It kind of stems from our offense, with him going out there he
knows he can’t give up much,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He’s
trying to be perfect.”
Nolasco has gone 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA in eight career starts
against the Diamondbacks, but he’s allowed 14 runs – 10 earned –
and 14 hits over eight innings in the last two.
Arizona’s Gerardo Parra, who hit a leadoff homer to account for
the only run Saturday, is 13 for 28 during a seven-game hitting
streak. Teammate Paul Goldschmidt has gone 11 for 20 with three
homers and five doubles over his last five games.
Miami hasn’t lost eight in a row since an 11-game skid June