Having already moved a couple of important pieces earlier this week, the Miami Marlins continued their rebuilding process by trading away what at one point was the face of the franchise.
Eovaldi takes the mound Saturday night for the first time since getting dealt as the Marlins continue a three-game set with the San Diego Padres , winners of nine straight road matchups in this series.
After sending Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit on Monday, Miami (45-54) made its current focus all the more clear Wednesday by moving Ramirez and his sizable contract along with reliever Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough.
Making $15 million this season, Ramirez is owed $15.5 million next year and $16 million in 2014.
"I don't know if people really know (owner Jeffrey) Loria (and the front office), but they're cocky, arrogant, and want to win," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The manager is cocky and arrogant, he wants to win. I know they're going to put something together here, I know.
"We have to do the right thing, make the right moves, think about what we're going to do and build those guys up to have a winning attitude. We're doing that right now."
While his overall numbers leave much to be desired, Eovaldi (1-6, 4.15 ERA) allowed three runs or fewer in all but three of 16 career starts with Los Angeles. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up one run and struck out a career high-tying seven but lasted just 4 1-3 innings in an 8-3 road win over the New York Mets on Sunday.
"Hopefully with the people we brought here, we'll get better," Guillen told the team's official website.
Eovaldi will get his first look at the Padres (43-58), who continued their recent road prowess in this series Friday with a 7-2 victory. Miami natives Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso provided much of the offense, going a combined 4 for 9 with five RBIs.
"Good for those guys, probably took a little weight off of their shoulders coming back to Miami," manager Bud Black said. "I'm sure they left a lot of tickets and to get a couple big hits, a couple RBIs, and have us win made a lot of people here happy."
Grandal is batting .350 with four homers and nine RBIs in 11 road games since getting called up June 30.
The Padres have outscored the Marlins 49-16 during their nine-game road winning streak thanks in large part to hitting .326 with runners in scoring position. They went 4 for 11 in such situations Friday.
Miami has dropped eight of nine overall by a 40-15 margin, going 9 for 60 (.150) with runners in scoring position.
The Marlins will try to bounce back against Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 5.16), who's gone 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA over two starts since moving back into the rotation last week. The right-hander allowed two runs, five hits and two walks over a season-high 6 2-3 innings Sunday but didn't factor in the decision of a 3-2 victory over Colorado.
Ohlendorf has lost three consecutive starts to the Marlins while compiling an 8.40 ERA.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 18, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 04, 2012||Andrew Cashner||15-Day DL||Strained muscle in right side|
|June 21, 2012||Anthony Bass||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 10, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained neck|
|June 04, 2012||Will Venable||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|June 04, 2012||Eric Stults||15-Day DL||Strained left latissimus dorsi muscle|
|July 23, 2012||Juan Carlos Oviedo||15-Day DL||Right elbow sprain|
|July 08, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Arthroscopic right knee surgery|
|July 08, 2012||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Right finger laceration|
|July 06, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|June 30, 2012||Edward Mujica||15-Day DL||Fractured right pinkie toe|
|June 30, 2012||Edward Mujica||15-Day DL||Fractured right pinkie toe|
MIAMI (AP) -- Nathan Eovaldi was impressive in his Miami Marlins debut.
Acquired in a four-player trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Hanley Ramirez earlier this week, the 22-year-old right-hander allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings in a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
"It was great," Eovaldi said. "I worked ahead a lot. Me and (catcher John) Buck got on the same page early on in the game and there were great plays made behind me."
Eovaldi (2-6) struck out five and walked two.
"One of the things that stood out to me right away when as we went over our game plan, the only other person that young that I've had that had an idea what he wanted to do was probably Zack Greinke ," Buck said. "He was able to go out and execute it. For a young guy that's a big step."
Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer, Justin Ruggiano also went deep and Steve Cishek earned his fourth save for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game skid.
"We did today what we've been missing for a long time, get big hits," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Yonder Alonso had two doubles and drove in a run for the Padres, who had won seven of 10.
The Marlins had scored three runs or fewer in nine consecutive games, which matched a franchise record set in 1994.
Carlos Lee 's RBI single in the first gave the Marlins an early lead.
Eovaldi reached base on an infield single in the third and scored on Reyes' shot to right field off Ross Ohlendorf (3-1) for a 3-0 advantage. The home run extended Reyes' hitting streak to 15 games, tying a season high.
"Every time Jose is on the baseball field he can make a lot of great things happen," Guillen said. "Jose has been doing great, he's not hitting .390, but he's playing better than what people think. He hits the ball very hard, more than what people think. Reyes is a guy we are going to play around."
The Padres strung together three hits in the sixth, including Alonso's run-scoring double, to end Eovaldi's night.
"(Eovaldi) has a great arm," Guillen said. "You can see he's still a baby, can still be polished, but I love his arm and his presence on the mound is very good."
Edward Mujica relieved Eovaldi and got Cameron Maybin to bounce into a fielder's choice and struck out Everth Cabrera to get out of the jam.
"We had some opportunities, but we didn't cash in," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Ruggiano's solo homer off Alex Hinshaw pushed the lead to 4-1 before Yasmani Grandal 's sacrifice fly in the eighth cut it to 4-2.
Ohlendorf allowed three runs in six innings.
"Aside from the third inning, I thought I was throwing really well," Ohlendorf said.
NOTES: Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton , who has not played since July 7 due to right knee surgery, is aiming for an Aug. 10 return. "It's not fun to just sit there helpless," Stanton said. "You still pick up some things, learn from the down times we are going through, that's all you can do. I'm eager to get back. I'll be ready." ... Marlins LF Logan Morrison was dropped to seventh in the lineup after an 0-for-14 slump. "If he keeps swinging like that, he'll be my bench coach," Guillen said. "That's easy. I've got to go back to being Ozzie." ... Alonso recorded his eighth game with two-or-more doubles, which is a Padres record and the most by any player in the Majors this season. ... The Padres had won nine consecutive games over the Marlins in South Florida. ... Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.14 ERA) will oppose Padres LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.17) in Sunday's series finale.