National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 15
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (52-69) at Miami Marlins (60-61), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (2-8, 4.86)
Miami - Brad Hand (2-4, 4.65)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Miami's Marcell Ozuna is hardly a household name when it
comes to National League difference-makers. But don't try and sell that to the
The first-year full-time regular can continue a season series' worth of hurt
against the Diamondbacks on Friday night when the Marlins host game two of a
four-game set at Marlins Park.
The youngster was 4-for-39 entering Thursday's first game, but snapped out of
the funk with a pair of hits -- including a walk-off double in the 10th inning
-- of a 5-4 win.
The hits lifted Ozuna to 7-for-15 in four games against Arizona this season,
including a decisive two-run home run on a July 8 game at Chase Field.
"This guy is a huge part of our team," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "And
he's had some big at-bats and he's gotten some big hits for us throughout the
Lefty Brad Hand takes the mound for the Marlins for game two after he was
dinged for seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings of a 7-2 loss at Cincinnati on
In four previous starts, he'd been 2-1 with a stingy 2.28 earned run average
and hadn't surrendered a home run.
"You've got to limit the big innings, and get out of there," Hand said. "I had
a chance to get out of there with no runs, and I couldn't finish it."
He also pitched the aforementioned July 8 game in Arizona and allowed just an
unearned run on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, before getting a no-decision upon
Arizona has won just four of its last 12 games, while batting a collective
Right-hander Trevor Cahill gets the call to start after getting his first win
as a starter on Saturday, with seven innings of three-run ball with seven
strikeouts in a 14-4 rout of Colorado.
In one meeting with the Marlins, he allowed a run in eight innings while
recording a 9-2 win in May 2013.
On Thursday, Garrett Jones worked a leadoff walk off Bradin Hagens (0-1), who
was making his MLB debut, in the bottom of the 10th. Jeff Mathis followed with
a single to right before Ozuna's RBI double to center decided the game.
Giancarlo Stanton finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Adeiny Hechavarria tripled
and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who have won five of their last seven
games. Mike Dunn (10-5) earned the win after tossing perfect ninth and 10th
innings with three strikeouts. Dunn now leads the majors in wins by a reliever
with 10 and set a franchise record for wins in a season by a reliever.
Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with two RBI and David Peralta and Miguel Montero
each brought in a run for Arizona, which has dropped three of its last four.
08/15 10:35:45 ET