RECAP: Henderson Alvarez Leaves Game Early, Marlins Drop Game 2
Miami Still Can't Solve Giants Pitching Staff
The Marlins could muster just one run until the ninth inning in this one as they dropped their sixth consecutive game and second straight to start the second half.
Henderson Alvarez got the start in this one, but he would depart this game in the third inning after being struck by a line drive on his left leg.
Alvarez was able to finish the play after being hit by Joe Panik's line drive, but he then limped off the field with the help of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a trainer. He is listed as day-to-day with a bruised shin.
Over 2 2/3 innings of work, however, he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two strikeouts.
Despite the short outing, Alvarez is still tagged with his fifth loss of the season. His ERA now sits at 2.64 on the season.
Sam Dyson came in to replace Alvarez, and the Giants did the rest of their damage against him, scoring three runs off of him over 3 1/3 innings on four hits, four walks and just one strikeout.
As mentioned earlier, the Marlins couldn't get back on the board after Casey McGehee's first-inning RBI single until the ninth inning in this one, when they brought a couple runs home on Giants closer Sergio Romo in a non-save situation.
Down 5-1, Giancarlo Stanton stepped up to the plate to lead off the inning. Stanton went yard yesterday to lead to National League with 22 home runs, but a two homer game by Cubs first basemen Anthony Rizzo had the two tied atop the league.
On the first pitch of the ninth inning in this one, though, Stanton reclaimed his seat atop the NL home run race with a solo blast to left field.
Miami would score one more run in the ninth on an RBI single by Saltalamacchia, scoring Marcell Ozuna who doubled earlier, and would drop their second consecutive game to start the second half against San Francisco by a final of 5-3.
Hand's overall stats thus far this season might not look impressive, but he does own a 3.52 ERA over his last three starts, spanning 15 1/3 innings.
Lincecum has been one of the best pitchers in baseball of late though, as he has allowed just one run over his last 21 1/3 innings after his no-hitter against the Padres.
In that span, he has lowered his ERA from 4.90 to 3.66 on the season. The Marlins have their work cut out for them, that's for sure.