Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/2/13
There has been a tendency to overlook the Marlins' other hard-throwing right-hander. Marlins hitters don't even show up for most of Nathan Eovaldi's starts. They scored but six runs for him during a five-start losing streak spanning eight outings since July 20. Imagine Eovaldi's surprise when he looked up and saw a seven-run in the third inning Sunday at Turner Field. The young pitcher then did what he normally does challenging hitters with his lightning fastball on the way to ending the Marlins' six-game losing streak in a dominant 7-0 rout of the Braves who had won six in a row. Eovaldi (3-5) blanked the Braves on seven hits going eight innings for the second time in his career. It was the first victory by a Marlins starter other than Jose Fernandez since Tom Koehler beat the Mets on Aug. 1. "I'm sure he was wanting to jump up and down in the dugout when we were scoring those runs" manager Mike Redmond said. "We needed one of those." The last time Eovaldi faced the Braves here on Aug. 10 he shut them out for seven innings on one hit and got a no-decision in a game the Marlins eventually won. "It was awesome" Eovaldi said of the scoring outburst. "Once we blew it open in the third I was able to relax and go right at the hitters." Batterymate Jeff Mathis drove in three runs with his fifth home run and a two-run double that missed by about a foot at the top of the left-field wall of being his second grand slam of the season. On the first day after the lowest-scoring August in their history the Marlins scored in each of the first three innings including a five-run third. That was all against lefty Alex Wood whose 0.90 ERA in five August starts was second-lowest among pitchers with at least 20 innings during the month. Go figure. "He left some balls up. We took advantage of them" Mathis said of Wood adding he didn't get as much wood on the near-slam as he did on the one that went out. "But I knew it was in the gap." Meanwhile Eovaldi who throws harder than rookie phenom Fernandez came out dealing hitting 98 mph twice in striking out the first batter he faced Jordan Schafer. He dialed it up to 99 to end the inning with a strikeout of Justin Upton stranding a runner on third.
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