(Sports Network) - A pair of last-place clubs are set to battle it out at
Marlins Park on Friday, as the Miami Marlins host the San Francisco Giants in
the opener of a three-game set.
Only the Marlins have scored fewer runs in the National League this year than
defending World Series champion San Francisco. That offensive futility
continued this week at Nationals Park as the Giants dropped two of three to
However, the Giants were able to avoid the sweep in Thursday's series finale
as pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez delivered a three-run home run with two outs in
the ninth inning to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory for San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Miami is coming off back-to-back wins at Kansas City after losing
eight of its previous nine. The team had Thursday off after Wednesday's 5-2,
series-clinching victory. Logan Morrison scored the go-ahead run in the
seventh inning, then knocked in an insurance run in the ninth.
Run support has been lacking for Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, who has seen
his offense fail to score a run while on the mound in any of his last five
starts. That represents a scoreless span of 34 innings for Eovaldi, who is 0-1
with a 1.04 ERA in his last four outings and has posted a quality start in all
but one of his 10 starts this season. He tossed seven scoreless frames against
Atlanta on Saturday to snap the Braves' 14-game winning streak.
"There is always a guy like that, who the team just doesn't score runs for,"
manager Mike Redmond said. "In 13 years that I played, you don't have an
answer. All you can say is, 'Hang in there,' and hopefully it turns around for
Meanwhile, the Giants will turn to Chad Gaudin, who has lost only once in 11
starts since moving to the starting rotation in the beginning of June. Gaudin
has been nearly unhittable since July began, yielding one earned run or fewer
in six of seven starts.
Most recently, the right-hander got a no-decision against Baltimore this past
Saturday despite allowing a mere two hits in five shutout innings.
"In the long run, you just have to base your emphasis on getting outs as
quickly as possible and keeping it simple," Gaudin said.
Miami won three of four in San Francisco when these teams met up from June
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