After being swept by the Nationals to open the season, the Marlins finally broke into the win column Friday with a win over the Mets. The victory marked the first of its kind for the club after its roster underwent a total makeover in the offseason.
The win was especially meaningful for Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who knows his mostly inexperienced team will battle through growing pains at times this season.
"I think with young players, you've got to remember that there is an adjustment period," he said. "There is no pressure in Spring Training. In the big leagues, you're playing in front of 45,000, and every mistake is magnified. Every at-bat is magnified. Every situation is huge. There is going to be a growing process where guys need to get comfortable. Guys need to go out there, and we'll stay positive, and keep throwing them out there. We know what these guys are capable of and what they can do. It might take a little bit of time, but we've got to stay with them, stay positive, and keep teaching them."
Redmond hopes his club will be able to build off Friday's victory when the Marlins take on the Mets again Saturday, with a chance to secure their first series win of the season.
Taking the mound for Miami will be Ricky Nolasco, who pitched well in his 2013 debut on Opening Day against the Nats but took the hard-luck loss when his offense could not produce any support. The right-hander finished his outing by allowing two runs over six innings.
For the Mets, it will be Jon Niese, who defeated the Padres his last time out by tossing 6 2/3 innings and surrendering two runs. The last time the lefty faced the Marlins was last September, when he gave up three runs in a 7-3 Mets victory.
Marlins: Skipworth recalled, Kotchman to DL
After placing first baseman Casey Kotchman on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left hamstring strain, the Marlins recalled Kyle Skipworth from Triple-A New Orleans.
The sixth overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Skipworth will make his first stint in the big leagues.
"Unexpected would be the word for it," he said. "Towards the end of camp there was, 'It could happen, it couldn't happen.' Things like that are out of your control."
A left-handed hitter, Skipworth saw considerable time in Spring Training, appearing in 17 games and getting 25 at-bats.
"What's a better way to do it, a big league callup in the Big Apple?" said Skipworth, a native of Riverside, Calif. "Maybe the only better place would have been doing it at home in Southern Cal. I'll take this. I'll take anywhere, actually."
Mets: Cowgill sits in favor of Valdespin
Continuing to seek outfield answers, Mets manager Terry Collins gave Jordany Valdespin his first start of the season Friday, leading him off and slotting him in center field. Though Collins indicated earlier this week that Collin Cowgill, who hit a grand slam on Opening Day, would play nearly every day in center field, Cowgill received the day off.
"He brings the same things that Collin Cowgill does," Collins said of Valdespin. "They make a bad pitch, it's 1-0. He gets on the bases, he scores runs, he can steal bases. If you have him in your lineup, that's probably where he needs to be."
Valdespin took advantage of the opportunity Friday, collecting two hits in the game.
• The Mets have hit at least one home run in each of their first four games for the first time sine 2006.
• Florida's Adeiny Hechavarria, an aggressive free-swinger, was moved to seventh in the lineup Friday. He had been batting eighth.
• With Niese on the mound for New York, Miguel Olivo is likely to catch for Miami, but he could also be an option to play first base
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.