Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/11/13
Two thoughts went through Adeiny Hechavarria’s mind in rapid succession when he stepped in against Jordan Walden to start the ninth inning of a scoreless game Saturday: Get ready for the fastball and make it to third base. Hechavarria got his pitch split the center and left fielders and dove safely into third. Four Walden offerings later Hechavarria sprinted home for the game’s lone run on a wild pitch. That’s how the Marlins in spite of their eighth game with three hits or fewer denied the Braves a franchise-record tying 15-game winning streak. The 1-0 Turner Field victory snapped the Marlins’ six-game skid. “That’s Fish-style right there” manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s good to hear the music in the clubhouse after the game. We’ve played some tough ones on this road trip.” Hechavarria’s liner into the left-center field gap was just his team’s third hit of the game and seventh in two games. The Marlins improved to 2-6 when totaling three hits or fewer. “These guys were working me with inside pitches and I was letting them go” Hechavarria said. “This is a game of adjustments. Against that pitcher a hard thrower I knew I had to get ready for a fastball and nothing else not an inside fastball just a fastball wherever it came. He threw me the fastball and my arms went out by themselves. When it made it between the two [outfielders] I knew I had to give my maximum to make it to third.” Closer Steve Cishek gave up a two-out single before converting his 24th save. It was the Marlins’ sixth shutout and fourth allowing three hits or fewer. Every starter has suffered as a result of the club’s moribund offense but none like Nathan Eovaldi. The last time the Marlins scored while Eovaldi was an active participant in the game was the second inning of a July 12 contest against the Nationals. Including Saturday Eovaldi has tossed 34 straight innings without so much as one run of support. "They'll come" Eovaldi said. "I'm just glad we got the win." A first-inning Freddie Freeman single represented the Braves’ lone hit off Eovaldi during his seven scoreless. Eovaldi walked three and struck out eight over the 90-pitch effort lowering his ERA to 2.82.
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