Marlins pitching coach Mark Wiley’s words of encouragement (or whatever they were) might have saved the seventh tonight. Ricky Nolasco, who pitched his best game siince the 2006 season, looked wild when he started the inning by walking Justin Upton and sailing the first pitch high to Eric Byrnes. That’s when Wiley went to the mound with some words.
We don't know what the words were -- or if they were suitable for print -- but they got Nolasco's attention.
It worked. Nine of Nolasco’s next 10 pitches were strikes. He struck out Byrnes on a 1-2 changeup, got ahead of Mark Reynolds 0-2 before getting a pop-out and finished the inning by striking out Chris Snyder on three pitches.