For the Florida Marlins to bounce back from the first loss on their nine-game western swing, manager Edwin Rodriguez will need veteran Brian Sanches(notes) to overcome any early jitters he may encounter on the mound.
Sanches (3-1, 1.52 ERA) gets the call after 166 relief appearances with three teams since breaking into the big leagues in 2006.
He’s appeared in 16 games this season, allowing six runs and 12 hits in 23 2-3 innings, and is not expected to go deep in this contest. The right-hander pitched a career-high four innings without allowing a hit April 3 in a 9-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Sanches got the win in a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on April 25 with a perfect ninth inning. However, he was charged with a loss two days later when he served up a solo homer in the 10th to Andre Ethier(notes) as the Marlins fell 5-4.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.12 ERA in three home starts against the Marlins. He last faced them July 7, and took the loss after giving up four runs in seven innings of a 4-0 setback.
Heading into last Sunday’s game against the White Sox, Kuroda hadn’t allowed a run in his previous 14 2-3 innings en route to wins over Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. He was tagged for a season high-tying six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings in Los Angeles’ 8-3 loss.
“Since the beginning, I didn’t have my slider today, so I was mis-locating my pitches,” Kuroda said through a translator.
Coming off a sweep of defending champion San Francisco, Florida had the NL’s best road record at 15-7 heading into Friday’s opener with Los Angeles (23-29).
“It kind of gets in your head a little bit because you never see that,” he said. “You just got to be ready for one pitch and hit it hard. I’ve been seeing the ball good and I’ve been hitting the ball good.”
Dobbs leads the Marlins with a .348 batting average, but is 0 for 3 against Kuroda.