In recent starts, Noah Lowry has inspired great confidence in his manager.
“Wow, every time the kid goes to the mound I feel like we’re winning the game for sure,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said of Lowry. “He might have the best changeup in the league.”
In four starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Fresno, Lowry is 3-0 with a 3.58 ERA. If he beats the Marlins, he’ll be the first Giants pitcher to start his career 4-0 since Hall of Famer Juan Marichal in 1960.
Lowry, who made five appearances before getting demoted earlier this season, allowed three runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings Friday in a 7-3 win over the New York Mets. He struck out a career-high 10, including seven in the first three innings.
“Swings and misses are nice, but sometimes you look to get a groundball and a quick out,” Lowry said. “In certain situations with runners on, you want them to hit the ball. … It’s nice to come up and help out. I’m just throwing strikes and staying ahead in the count, and you have to give (catcher A.J. Pierzynski) a lot of credit. He keeps these hitters off balance every time I’m out there.”
The Giants had won eight of 10 before falling to the Marlins 9-1 on Tuesday in the opener of a seven-game road trip. They fell a game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.
Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run first inning for the Marlins, who are fourth in the wild-card race—five games behind the Cubs.