8/21/2013 9:25 P.M. ET
Jennings stands by pitch selection vs. Puig
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- After rethinking and reviewing on video, Dan Jennings has no regrets about the pitch or the location. What he'd like to reverse is the result.
Jennings surrendered the game-changing home run to Yasiel Puig to lead off the eighth inning on Tuesday night.
Puig, who didn't start the game, took a low, 90-mph fastball, and deposited it just far enough to clear the wall in left-center at Marlins Park. The drive snapped a tie, and the Dodgers went on to a 6-4 win over Miami.
"In a tie ballgame, as a pitcher, you're trying to keep the ball and keep it in the ballpark," Jennings said. "I threw a pitch that was down in the bottom of the zone. I still stand by the pitch."
The Miami lefty had not allowed a home run all season. Puig's blast snapped Jennings' 30-inning streak.
Puig is a notoriously aggressive hitter. He's known for swinging at first pitches. When he puts them in play, he is extremely dangerous.
The Dodgers rookie outfielder is batting .630 with five homers when he puts the first pitch in play, entering Wednesday night.
"It's a tough situation," Jennings said. "I know he did it [Tuesday] and he did it the day before. He swings at first pitches. I understand that. You learn from your mistakes."
The fact that Puig didn't start the game and he delivered on the first pitch he saw added to the drama.
"When you talk about low-ball hitters in the game, there are not a ton of them," Jennings said. "But some of the best hitters are. You think, 'Where do you try to throw a low-ball hitter?' You still try to keep the ball down.
"I still stand by the pitch. I feel I threw the ball well. I was one pitch away from having a great outing. Maybe we go extras. Who knows?"
Jennings was asked to go more than one inning on Tuesday because the bullpen is a bit thin.
Chad Qualls was unavailable due to a tight back. He did some throwing on flat ground on Wednesday. A.J. Ramos had warmed up in the bullpen and was ready to take the mound in the eighth inning, had Miami scored in the bottom of the seventh.
The frustrating part for Jennings is he threw what he felt was a quality pitch, but he was not rewarded.
"I've gone back over it, I looked at it," the reliever said. "I like the pitch. That happens. That's why this game is so hard sometimes. You make good pitches, and they get hit. I tip my hat to him a little bit. That was a heck of a swing."
Hechavarria having uncharacteristic month at short
MIAMI -- Making spectacular plays look routine has been commonplace for Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
Because the 24-year-old has been a dynamic difference maker in the field for so long, it's unusual to see him charged with an error, let alone two in the same game.
But that's what happened in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers, the first time Hechavarria has been charged with more than one error in a game.
"Guys are going to make errors," manager Mike Redmond said. "We watch him make so many plays that we don't expect him to make errors. That's not realistic. He's going to make errors."
Many in the Marlins' organization feel Hechavarria defensively is as good as any shortstop in the National League. He now has 13 errors on the season. Six of them have been in August.
"We get so used to him making all these great plays, but there is the human side of it," Redmond said. "Once in a while you're going to get a bad hop, or you're going to come up on a ball, and make a few errors. That's just a part of it. We're just not used to seeing it."
'Project LoMo' winners to be announced Saturday
MIAMI -- On the field, Logan Morrison is respected for his all-out hustle. Off the field, the Marlins first baseman also remains vigilant in his dedication to helping others.
Active in numerous charitable causes, Morrison is set to announce the five "Project LoMo" winners.
The five children will be introduced at a news conference Saturday afternoon at Marlins Park, prior to the Marlins facing the Rockies.
Children from across the country have made their submissions of what they're doing to enhance their communities.
"We're looking to get kids active in their community and make their community a better place," Morrison said. "Whether it is starting a recycling program or raising money for a cause for poverty, or whatever it may be."
For weeks, children have e-mailed their submissions and videos to the Project LoMo contest.
The five winners will also take part in the tossing out of the ceremonial first pitches.
• Left-hander Justin Nicolino, ranked by MLB.com as the Marlins' fourth-best prospect, has been named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year. Nicolino, now at Double-A Jacksonville, opened the season with Class A Jupiter, and he was 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 18 starts in the Florida State League.
• Placido Polanco, on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, will return to the clubhouse on Thursday, where he will ride a stationary bike and be evaluated further. Polanco was struck on the left side of the helmet on Friday by a pitch against the Giants. He has spent the past few days resting at his home.
• Qualls was unavailable on Tuesday night because of some tightness in his back. He did some throwing on Wednesday and is being evaluated day to day.
• Hall of Fame Spanish-language radio voice Felo Ramirez was interacting with fans on Wednesday night for the first time on Twitter. He could be reached using the hashtag #feloenvivo.
• Although he is several months away from being declared a free agent, the Marlins have interest in Cuban defector Jose Dariel Abreu, whose asking price could be in the $60 million range.