5/10/2014 8:41 P.M. ET
Yelich reconnecting with family on road trip
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Before Thursday, the only view Christian Yelich had of Petco Park was from the outside looking in.
The 22-year-old Marlins left fielder, who is from Thousand Oaks, Calif., spent time in the San Diego area, visiting with friends. He'd see Petco Park, but never had been inside until the four-game set with the Padres.
Yelich is one of four Marlins from California. The others are Giancarlo Stanton, Casey McGehee and Reed Johnson.
Growing up in the Los Angeles area, Yelich spent a great deal of time at Dodger Stadium.
Miami's West Coast road trip started in San Diego, and moves on to Dodger Stadium for three games Monday through Wednesday. The swing winds up in San Francisco for four games beginning next Thursday.
"Obviously, it's pretty cool," said Yelich, Miami's No. 1 pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. "I haven't played in any of these stadiums, even being from here. I had a Dodger pre-Draft workout. That's the only one I'd been to."
Yelich's mother and about 10 family members and friends were on hand at Petco Park.
When the Marlins travel to Los Angeles, he anticipates more than 100 of his family and friends to be at the games.
"I'm not leaving tickets for that many," Yelich said. "But it's cool to play in front of friends and family. That's part of it. Anybody that's ever known you is going to be a part of it."
Fernandez affected by upset stomach in rough start
SAN DIEGO -- Chalk up Friday as an off night for Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.
Fernandez was tagged for six runs (five earned) with five strikeouts in five-plus innings in Miami's 10-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
As it turns out, there was a reason why Fernandez was a bit off. He was dealing with an upset stomach.
In the top of the first inning, as San Diego's Tyson Ross was pitching, Fernandez threw up in a trash can in the tunnel leading into the visiting dugout.
"I wasn't feeling well," Fernandez said on Saturday afternoon.
Not making any excuses for his performance on the mound, Fernandez did note that something he ate for lunch didn't agree with him. Before every road start, he has a steak, but this meal upset his stomach.
"It probably was something I ate," Fernandez said.
In the first inning, his body was shaky. Still, he managed to retire the side in order.
"By the second inning, I was like, 'I'm back at it again,' " Fernandez said.
Pitch location was an issue for Fernandez, and Jedd Gyorko, especially, made the right-hander pay. Gyorko belted two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning.
On the rough night, Fernandez's velocity was down. He did reach 97 mph, but his fastball was mostly in the 91-93 range.
Physically, Fernandez insists his arm is fine, and he is set to start at the Dodgers on Wednesday.
"In the bullpen, he wasn't exactly himself," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He said his stomach was bothering him. That's what I kind of chalked it up as. The biggest thing was just location. He was missing his fastball, slider."
Common goal helps Marlins remain consistent
SAN DIEGO -- At the rate they were going, it was inevitable the Marlins were due for an offensive letdown. It happened on Friday night in a lopsided 10-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
The objective now for the Marlins is not to let scoring droughts become habit forming.
Aside from Marcell Ozuna's home run, Miami didn't manage much at the plate.
Before getting blown out in the second of four games at Petco Park, the Marlins had won nine of 10, including a season-high five straight. In that span, they outscored their opponents 52-27.
The Marlins were averaging 9.6 hits a game, and surrendering 6.8 hits.
What the club has been successful doing the first six weeks of the season is being able to turn the page and move forward.
"We're sticking to that plan, and not putting too much pressure on ourselves," first baseman Garrett Jones said. "Just giving it all on the field. We all have that similar goal, and that's win, win, win at all cost. And to put individual stats and individual numbers aside and find a way to win that day.
"We're definitely coming together. We have good chemistry, which helps. It was a quick transition with the new guys coming in. Everybody meshes well. We all have one goal in mind, and that's to win ballgames and continue to have fun out there."