Postgame Grades: Padres vs Marlins (4/6/14)
By Ehsan Kassim
Apr 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi (24) throws during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego Padres 4, Miami Marlins 2,
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Nathan Eovaldi, SP: B+
Eovaldi tied a career high with 8 strikeouts and despite giving up a three-run home run that turned into the game winning hit, he should come out of this start encouraged. The pitch the home run was hit on was not even a mistake pitch. The 1-2 punch of Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi looks promising for the Marlins in 2014.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: C+
1-for-4, 1B, RBI, SO
Relatively quite game for the Marlins slugger, despite having what looked for a long time to be the game winning RBI single in the fourth inning. Stanton has driven in a run in the first seven Marlins games.
Marcell Ozuna, CF: B-
If he were hitting in most any other ballparks, Ozuna might have had himself a two-home run day. Ozuna sent two balls back to the warning track, including a shot in the seventh inning that would have put the Marlins in the lead. Hard to fault Ozuna for his game, especially when he hit the ball as well as he did.
Jeff Baker, PH-2B: A
1-for-1, 2B (1)
Manager Mike Redmond‘s decision to pinch hit Baker for Derek Dietrich for the Marlins in the seventh inning and paid off immediately. Baker lined a double to the left-center field wall to cut the Marlins deficit to just 1 at the time.
Garrett Jones, 1B: F
0-for-4, 2 SO
Jones is off to a terrible start with the Marlins. After another 0-for game, Jones is now hitting just .192 for the season. He has struck out now 9 times in 26 plate appearances.
Miami Marlins: C
The Marlins got a strong start out of Nathan Eovaldi, but not much else. The defense was suspect at times and the offense didn’t seem to get the timely hits that they did in the first 6 games of the season. The Marlins still finished the home stand at 4-2 and were in both games they lost. Cannot be too upset about that.