Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he saw signs of
improvement from his struggling offense in a series-opening loss to
the Washington Nationals.
That’s exactly what he got – and plenty of it.
After watching his team’s slumbering bats finally awaken,
Redmond would like to see the Marlins post consecutive wins for the
first time Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals, who
hope to have Bryce Harper back in the lineup.
Runs figured to be at a premium this season for the rebuilding
Marlins, but 23 in the first 13 games would’ve been impossible to
predict. Still, that’s how many Miami (3-11) had totaled after
Monday’s 10-3 loss to Washington (8-6), the team’s eighth in nine
Redmond remained optimistic after the Marlins were held to six
hits in that defeat.
“I felt we had much better swings than we’ve had in the last few
days,” he said. “Hopefully that’s something we can grow on.”
Grow on it they did, setting a season high in runs and ending a
long homerless drought in an 8-2 victory Tuesday. Adeiny
Hechavarria hit a three-run homer and Justin Ruggiano added three
RBIs as Miami exceeded its run total from the previous five
Redmond said Hechavarria’s homer provided the kick-start the
“We’ve been waiting for a big hit for a while. We knew it was
going to come. We didn’t know who it was going to come from.
“It was big for everybody. I think for everybody, it was like,
‘All right, here we go’ – a nice sigh and a little bit of
All the offense came without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who
missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised left shoulder.
Stanton said he felt better after taking batting practice early
Tuesday, and will see how he feels Wednesday before a decision is
made on his status.
“We want to make sure that he’s right, and that it doesn’t still
hurt him,” Redmond told the team’s official website. “We don’t want
to push him. We want to make sure everything feels right with him
before we do that.”
The Marlins hadn’t homered in a franchise record-tying nine
straight games before Hechavarria connected for the team’s major
league-low third of the season.
Washington outfielders Harper and Denard Span sat out with
flu-like symptoms, but both could return for this game. The
Nationals were also without second baseman Danny Espinosa, who has
a bruised right hand.
Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.12 ERA) probably wouldn’t mind if Harper
sat out again since the Nationals’ star hit two homers off him in
Washington’s 2-0 opening-day win April 1.
The right-hander, though, pitched very well otherwise in that
game and had thrown consecutive shutouts – wins by a combined 17-0
score – in his two previous outings against the Nationals. He is
10-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 19 starts in the series.
Nolasco allowed one run and seven hits over six innings Friday
against Philadelphia, but Miami managed only four hits in a 3-1,
Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.69) will try to provide Washington with
another strong performance. He has no decisions despite allowing
one earned run and 10 hits in 13 innings with three walks and six
The left-hander was in line for the win Friday after holding
Atlanta to one run and four hits over seven innings, but his
bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for the second time.
Detwiler is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against the
Marlins, all coming last season.