Marlins LHP Justin Nicolino pitched seven strong innings in his MLB debut Saturday, and teammate Derek Dietrich led the Miami offense with a pair of home runs that ensured his fellow former Midwest Leaguer got the win.
Nicolino gave up four hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He struck out two batters.
Nicolino outpitched Cincinnati Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani, his roommate when they were in Double-A. They were Lansing Lugnuts teammates in 2012 and were traded together from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Marlins the following offseason. DeSclafani was sent to Cincinnati in the Mat Latos trade last December.
DeSclafani gave up three runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batsman. He struck out three and gave up one of Dietrich’s homers. Saturday’s game was the first multi-homer one in the big leagues for Dietrich, who played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2011.
Dee Gordon had a hit and a stolen base (his 23rd of the season) for the Marlins.
Nicolino went 10-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 21 walks in 124.1 IP for the 2012 Lugnuts. He also pitched in three games for the 2011 Lugnuts. He was named the Topps Midwest League Player of the Year in 2012.
DeSclafani went 11-3 with a 3.37 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 25 walks in 123 IP for the 2012 Lugnuts.
Latos, for whom DeSclafani was traded last offseason, pitched for Fort Wayne in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 he went 0-3 with a 3.28 ERA, 23 strikeouts and eight walks in 24.2 IP for the Wizards. In 2009 he went 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA, 27 strikeouts and three walks in 25.1 IP for the TinCaps.
Dietrich batted .277 with 22 HR and 81 RBI in 127 games with the 2011 Hot Rods.
Gordon batted .301 with 3 HR, 35 RBI and 73 SB in 131 games with the 2009 Great Lakes Loons, earning him the Midwest League Prospect of the Year award. He also was named co-MVP of the league. He is the half-brother of current Cedar Rapids Kernels SS Nick Gordon, a top Minnesota Twins prospect.