Elieser Hernandez really bounced back on Saturday night’s matchup against the Saint Louis Cardinals.
The right-handed pitcher threw four really good innings, not allowing any runs, and striking out five, including Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, in his third start of the Spring Training.
Hernandez had faced the Cardinals five days ago and allowed three earned runs in 2.2 IP.
The Venezuelan pitchers is battling for one of the five rotation spots.
#5RSN Elieser Hernandez had his best outing of the Spring Training so far, with four scoreless innings, and five strikeouts. Here's how the third inning ended, with a great play by Dickerson, and Hernandez thanking him for it.@5ReasonsSports #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/8NINHWUj4U
— Alejandro Villegas (@alejandrovg32) March 14, 2021
In his first outing, Hernandez pitched two innings and allowed one run against the Nationals at West Palm Beach.
This was the first of his three outings in which he didn’t allow runs, and should be pitching again on Thursday’s afternoon face-off with the Nationals.
Elieser Hernandez with four scoreless innings. He turned to his changeup, a spring project of his, seven times. Here's a breakdown of the location and result. Strikeout of Justin Williams, 101.5 mph exit velo single by Paul Goldschmidt. #Marlins pic.twitter.com/V2Mip43nXL
— Christina De Nicola (@CDeNicola13) March 14, 2021
The depth of the Marlins pitching talent might push Hernandez or some other young talents to the long reliever role, and Hernandez has proved he can perform in both roles.
Miami will not play on Sunday, and will resume activities on Monday, facing the Houston Astros in West Palm, with Sixto Sanchez making his Spring debut on the mound.
By Alejandro Villegas | @Alejandrovg32 on Twitter