Marlins Clobber Braves Again, 9-3

Former Lookouts' Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi Gets The Win

Thursday, May 01, 2014
Nathan Eovaldi pitched for the 2011, 2012 Lookouts.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched for the 2011, 2012 Lookouts.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

MIAMI -- Nathan Eovaldi was the beneficiary of a big windfall of run support. It was long overdue, but the Marlins right-hander will certainly take it.

Marcell Ozuna blasted a three-run homer, Christian Yelich tacked on a two-run shot and Miami rolled to a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.

There was no letdown by the Marlins' bats after they blanked the Braves, 9-0, behind Jose Fernandez's eight shutout innings on Tuesday night.

Eovaldi gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings as he improved to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.58.

Casey McGehee added three hits, while Garrett Jones drove in two more runs as Miami piled it on Aaron Harang, who entered with a Major League-leading 0.85 ERA. Harang's ERA rose to 2.97.

A week ago at Atlanta, Miami dropped two of three, scoring four runs total in the series. Harang limited the Marlins to one run and he struck out 11 in six innings on April 23. In the first two games of this series at home, the Marlins have racked up 18 runs.

Eovaldi came into Wednesday night with the distinction of having the lowest run support average among all active MLB starters. Since 2011, Eovaldi's run support has been 2.99 per game.

Harang, who hadn't worked less than six innings in any of his first five starts, was lifted after 4 2/3 innings, being charged with nine runs on 10 hits. He hadn't allowed a home run before yielding two on Wednesday.

Harang had given up just three runs in 31 2/3 innings heading into Wednesday night. The veteran right-hander allowed four in the second inning, including Ozuna's three-run, opposite-field drive to right.

McGehee got the rally started with a leadoff single, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double put runners on second and third. Jones delivered an RBI single to right, and on a 2-2 pitch, Ozuna connected on his fourth home run of the season. The drive landed in the Miami bullpen and it gave Ozuna five RBIs in the first two games of the series.

In the third inning, Miami cashed in on Giancarlo Stanton's leadoff double, as the slugger scored on Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly to deep left.

The lead swelled to seven runs in the fourth inning on Yelich's two-run homer. And in the fifth inning, Miami tacked on two more runs, both charged to Harang. Jones lifted a sacrifice fly, and off reliever David Hale, Adeiny Hechavarria was credited with an RBI double on a hit that was overturned by review. Initially, second-base umpire Jim Reynolds called Hechavarria out. But, up by nine runs, the Marlins challenged, and the call was overturned.

Nathan Eovaldi went to the Marlins in a trade with the Dodgers in July of 2012.
Nathan Eovaldi went to the Marlins in a trade with the Dodgers in July of 2012.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

CCS Falls To Knox Catholic In PKs

MURFREESBORO - The defending state champion Knox Catholic was pushed to the limit by Chattanooga Christian here Thursday night, but in the end prevailed on penalty kicks, 9-8, in a semifinal TSSAA Girls State Soccer match at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.  The Charger defenders kept the high scoring Lady Irish  off the scoreboard for 110 minutes of play prior ... (click for more)

Dalton State Volleyball Defeats Reinhardt 3-0

Dalton State                 25    25    25  - 3 Reinhardt University   19    18    20  - 0 The Dalton State volleyball team defeated visiting Reinhardt in straight sets Thursday night on Coach O Court at B. J. Bandy ... (click for more)

Two North Shore Sold To Pennsylvania Real Estate Firm For Almost $24 Million

The Two North Shore commercial development on Manufacturers Road in North Chattanooga has been sold to a Pennsylvania real estate firm for  $23,983,363. Steve Arnsdorff, who developed the successful center from the ground up and has continued to manage it, said the deal closed last week. He said the sale for the property at 319 Manufacturers Road is to Stoltz Real Estate ... (click for more)

Lookout Valley Middle High School Closed Friday Due To Water Main Break

County school officials said late Thursday night that LookoutValley Middle High School will be closed Friday due to a water main break. Officials said, "This is an official message from the Hamilton County Department of Education to the parents, faculty, and staff of Lookout Valley Middle High School.  Please accept our apologies for the lateness of this message. "Due ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)