After having a hand in ending the Milwaukee Brewers’ winning streak, Stanton tries to help the Marlins post back-to-back series wins for the first time in a year Wednesday night.
Stanton is 2 for 8 in two games since his return from missing more than a month with a hamstring injury. His latest hit cleared the wall with a runner on in the eighth inning to give Miami a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday.
The Marlins (19-45) have split the first two of this three-game series after sweeping a rain-shortened two-game set against the New York Mets over the weekend. They haven’t had consecutive series victories since taking five of six from Washington and Philadelphia from May 28-June 3, 2012.
Miami has won six of 10 since dropping nine straight and 16 of 18. The club also has won four of five at home while batting .314 and scoring 30 runs.
Stanton is hitting .229 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 22 games after setting career highs with 37 home runs and a .290 average last season. However, he hit .333 with three homers and eight RBIs in the six games before his injury.
“It’s a good start, but we can’t really tell (if I’m picking up where I left off), especially with the few at-bats I’ve had so far,” Stanton said. “It’s a good start to move forward from.”
Logan Morrison who added two doubles with an RBI on Tuesday, is 4 for 9 in three games since making his season debut following knee surgery.
“To have LoMo and Stanton back in the lineup is a big lift,” manager Mike Redmond said.
Originally scheduled to start Tuesday, Miami’s Kevin Slowey (2-5, 3.77 ERA) was pushed back after he allowed eight hits and struck out eight over seven scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory in Saturday’s 2-1, 20-inning win over the Mets.
“It was amazing,” he said. “It was an amazing game.”
That performance might provide a much-needed lift for Slowey, who is 0-3 with an 8.87 ERA in his last five starts while serving up eight homers.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in five starts against the Brewers but has not faced them since 2010.
Jean Segura had his third two-hit effort in five games Tuesday, but Milwaukee (26-38) was held to five hits. The Brewers entered that game having averaged 11.5 hits and 6.0 runs during a four-game winning streak.
Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 4.08) hopes his third start of the season goes better than the first two, having allowed a combined eight runs and four homers in 10 1-3 innings. He gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Friday.
“He’s got good stuff and he did give us length (Friday),” manager Ron Roenicke said.
This will be the right-hander’s first appearance against the Marlins.
Figaro will not have to face Placido Polanco who is not expected to return until Friday after leaving Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Brewers with back stiffness. He’s also dealing with a virus.
The Brewers hope star Ryan Braun is not headed to the disabled list after missing the first two games of this series with a thumb injury. He’s batted .354 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in his last 25 games against the Marlins.