The left-hander made two starts for the Marlins. He was brilliant in his MLB debut, tossing seven scoreless innings in a win over the Reds on June 20. Unfortunately, he struggled in his second start, allowing five runs in four innings during a loss to the Dodgers on June 26.
Staked to an early 1-0 lead, Nicolino promptly served up a two-run home run to Scott Van Slyke in the second inning, and that was just the beginning. In the fourth inning, Nicolino loaded the bases by way of a walk, hit-by-pitch and single. He then gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Jimmy Rollins and pitcher Brett Anderson to put the game out of reach.
This was a far cry from the seven shutout innings Nicolino twirled in his big-league debut on Saturday. His ERA rose to 4.09 after Friday's outing.
Nicolino, a former second-round draft pick, was in control for a good portion of the night and did not seem rattled, as he earned his first Major League victory.
"Everyone wants to come up in their debut and throw up zeroes," Nicolino said, per MLB.com. "To go out there and do what I did tonight, against that team, it means a lot to me."
Interestingly, he was opposing Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds. The two pitchers were originally drafted by the Blue Jays and then dealt to the Marlins in 2012.
He was making a spot start for Tom Koehler, who was scratched with a neck and back injury. It is not yet known if Nicolino will get another start, or if he will head back to Triple-A following Saturday's game.
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Nicolino has been solid in 13 starts despite having allowed 85 hits in 78 1/3 innings. He is 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA.
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