Ozuna spoils Nuño's flawless debut, Marlins edge D-backs: By The Numbers
Arizona, Vidal Nuño.
Making his Diamondbacks debut just two days removed from being acquired from the New York Yankees in a trade for right-hander Brandon McCarthy, the 26-year-old looked right at home pitching on the mound at Chase Field.
Facing a Miami Marlins' squad that entered the day with the fourth-best batting average in the league since the start of July, the San Diego native made quite a first impression.
In seven innings of work, Nuño was virtually flawless, allowing just three hits while walking just one.
Additionally, the Arizona left-hander struck a career-high seven batters, but it was all for naught.
Down to their final out in the ninth, the Marlins took the lead for good with one swing of the bat.
Marcell Ozuna drove a 2-2 fastball from Addison Reed over the centerfield wall for his 15th home run of the season -- this one of the game-winning variety.
Ozuna's blast denied Nuño of his fourth career win, as the Marlins came from behind to edge the D-backs 2-1.
Here's a look back at both the deflating loss and Nuño's sensational start in the Valley by the numbers:
Nuño completed his outing without giving up a run for just the third time in 2014. The other two occurrences came against the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.
Heading into Tuesday's affair, Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee had only three errors on the season. McGehee, one of five finalists for the NL All-Star team's Final Vote, committed two in the loss -- including one that led to the D-backs' lone run in the fifth.
Of closers with at least 10 saves, Reed has the fourth-worst ERA (4.42) in 2014. Only Grant Balfour, Joe Nathan and Sergio Romo sport higher ERAs.
Reed's five blown saves in 25 chances are tied for the second-most in all of baseball. Only Oakland A's reliever Luke Gregerson has more (6).
Nuño delivered his first quality start since May 24 against the Chicago White Sox. That evening, he allowed three runs on nine hits in a no decision.
With his game-winning blast, Ozuna extended his hit streak to a season-high 14 games.
Tuesday's ninth inning marked the 18th appearance this season in which Reed has allowed at least one run -- the most by any closer in baseball.
The game ended in a brisk two hours and 34 minutes thanks in large part to the D-backs' offense. Of the first 19 batters to come to the plate for Arizona, 15 saw three or fewer pitches.
Marlins starter Brad Hand, who also has spent time in the team's bullpen in 2014, is winless in his last 20 big league appearances.
Paul Goldschmidt continued his torrid pace at the plate, extending the franchise record for most doubles before the All-Star break (34) with a two-bagger in the seventh. Goldschmidt has an extra-base hit in seven straight games.
Aaron Hill's single in the fifth broke a scoreless tie and marked his 44th RBI of the campaign. Among National League second basemen, only Chase Utley (45) has more.
Dave Dulberg, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
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