Another pitchers’ duel for Marlins vs. Padres?

MLB: Miami Marlins at Arizona DiamondbacksMay 24, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Braxton Garrett (29) reacts after victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Pitching dominated the headlines in the first two games of the series between the San Diego Padres and the visiting Miami Marlins.

The series finale on Wednesday afternoon should be no different.

Left-hander Braxton Garrett will start for the Marlins, five days after a four-hit shutout against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Garrett (1-0, 5.30 ERA) needed just 95 pitches to complete the shutout, joining Dontrelle Willis as the only left-handers in franchise history to throw a complete game in fewer than 100 pitches.

“For him to play a complete game this year shows where he is and how much better he’s gotten since maybe the first day I met him in spring training last year,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said.

Garrett, the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, was making his third start after missing the first six weeks of the season with a shoulder impingement followed by a dead-arm spell. His ERA after the first two games was 10.24 ERA.

“I expected to see an upward trend,” said Garrett, 26. “The lines in my (first) two (starts) were obviously not great, but I felt like there was a lot of good going on halfway through the match. those games, so I’m trying to put it all together.”

Garrett threw 71 of 95 pitches for strikes against the Diamondbacks, and 77.4 percent of his first throws were in the zone.

“He’s a dog,” Marlins third baseman Jake Burger said. “Every time he has a ball in his hands, we feel really good about it.”

Garrett is 1-0 in three career starts against San Diego, with a 4.60 ERA.

The Padres got seven shutout innings from knuckleballer Matt Waldron in a 4-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night. Jeremiah Estrada also struck out the ninth inning, giving him 13 consecutive strikeouts over his past three outings, an expansion-era MLB record.

“You’re talking about a major, historic achievement here,” San Diego manager Mike Shildt said. “We should celebrate.”

In the 2-1 win over the Marlins in the series opener on Monday, the Padres got five solid innings from starter Michael King, followed by two shutout innings from Adrian Morejon before Robert Suarez pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Morejon and Suarez should be available for the series finale behind scheduled starter Yu Darvish. The veteran right-hander (4-2, 3.04 ERA) snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak in his most recent start on Friday against the New York Yankees and then produced his worst outing of the season, allowing seven runs and nine hits, four of them home runs, in an 8-0 loss.

“Shoot, this guy has thrown the ball as well as anyone in the league in the last month,” Shildt said. “But a good line-up, and they clearly had a good idea of ​​what they were looking for.”

Darvish is 3-2 in seven career starts against the Marlins, with a 5.59 ERA.

–Field-level media

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