McGehee Helps Marlins Avoid Sweep At Home
Casey McGehee powered the Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the Giants this afternoon as the fish avoided the sweep and end their six-game losing skid.
Brad Hand got the start today and went seven strong innings – a career high- allowing two earned runs on six hits, one walk and four strikeouts en route to his first win of the season.
Despite getting off to a poor start to the season, Hand is 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA in four starts since rejoining the starting rotation.
The question in this one was whether or not Miami would be able to get Tim Lincecum off his recent hot streak, and McGehee answered that question in the first inning with a two-out two-run home run to left, just his second of the season, on this 84 mph changeup:
In the bottom of the fourth, Adeiny Hechavarria stepped up to the plate with two out. On a 1-2 count he lined a 1-2 83 mph changeup down the left field line, into the stands and into the arms of this dad holding his son:
The game would remained tied at two until the seventh inning in this one, when the Marlins got a leadoff man in scoring position with Hechavarria’s 14th double of the season.
Jeff Mathis moved him up to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Hechavarria came home on a wild pitch by Lincecum.
The Marlins are now 45-52 on the season and with the Nationals beating the Brewers will remain 8.5 games back of Washington for first place in the division.
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Miami will head to Atlanta this evening, though, as they will open up a four-game series against the Braves at Turner Field tomorrow evening.
Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.99) will toe the rubber for the fish in the series opener as Atlanta counters with young right-hander Julio Teheran (9-6, 2.71). Both pitchers have ERAs over five in their last three outings.