Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By Christina De Nicola  |  Last updated 6/18/14
MIAMI -- Although he didn't figure into the decision, Miami Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani did his part Tuesday night to help a taxed bullpen. Instead of letting things snowball during a three-run second inning, DeSclafani retired 10 in a row en route to a career-high 6 1/3 innings in his third big-league start. ''I knew I had to rebound and throw some zeroes up,'' said DeSclafani, who struck out five and walked one. ''I just had to make quality pitches.'' It helped that his battery mate was rookie J.T. Realmuto, who caught his games in both Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. When DeSclafani returned to the dugout following the top of the second, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and manager Mike Redmond told him to just focus on getting ahead of batters and not shying away from them. ''He's got great mound presence, he's smart, he understands, he gets it,'' Redmond said. ''I thought he and J.T. did a great job together for two young guys in a big-league start. Sometimes that can get a little bit hairy, but they've worked together before. I thought they did a great job. ''Their tempo was good, the pitch selection was good. He got in a little bit of a jam but he was able to make his pitches and get through it and he gave us exactly what we needed. For a young guy coming to the big leagues, that was a great start.'' DeSclafani worked around a double in both the fifth and sixth to avoid further damage. He was charged with his fourth earned run in the seventh when righty Sam Dyson allowed an inherited runner to score from first. The 24-year-old took over Jacob Turner's spot in the rotation after spending a month back in the minors following his initial call-up. ''It's just something where you have to keep a consistent mentality of being aggressive,'' DeSclafani said. ''You can't go into those situations pitching scared. You've got to pitch aggressively and try to the ball in play and give your team a chance to make outs. I don't want to nibble on the corners and fall behind guys.'' COMING UP Redmond's decision to place Adeiny Hechavarria in the second spot on Tuesday went so well that he put him there again on Wednesday. Hechavarria matched his career high with four hits, going 4 for 5 with a run. On the season, Hechavarria is 6-for-17 (.353) batting second compared to .264 from the eighth slot where he has had his most plate appearances (139). ''I've talked to you guys about him and ultimately what I envision for Hech down the road hitting second,'' Redmond said following Tuesday's game. ''I think you saw that (Tuesday) and how exciting this guy can be if he's patient at the plate and gets good pitches to hit, he can do a lot of damage and he put together some great at bats. It was fun to watch him out there.'' You can follow Christina De Nicola on Twitter @CDeNicola13 or email her at cdenicola13@gmail.com.
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