BREAKING: No warmup? No problem for Doval in 4-out save

MIAMI — It had been more than a week since Camilo Doval made his last pitching appearance, but he didn’t expect to be pressed into action as quickly as he was in the Giants’ 4-3 win over the Marlins in Monday night’s series opener at loanDepot park.

The All-Star closer hadn’t thrown a single warmup pitch in the bullpen when he found out he’d be entering the game to face pinch-hitter Nick Gordon with the potential tying run on first and two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Camilo Doval gets four-out save without warmup pitches

Manager Bob Melvin had wanted to bring in Doval for that precise situation, but his request wasn’t relayed properly due to a “communication mess up” with assistant pitching coach J.P. Martinez, who was filling in with bullpen coach Garvin Alston away from the team for personal reasons.

Martinez had been preparing Taylor Rogers to face the left-handed-hitting Gordon, but the veteran southpaw made it only halfway to the mound before he was forced to turn around and jog back to the bullpen once Melvin signaled that he wanted to bring in Doval instead.

Despite the confusion, Doval managed to quickly get loose and lock in after rushing to the mound. He coaxed a groundout from Gordon to end the eighth and then returned to the mound in the ninth and worked a scoreless inning to convert the four-out save, his second of the season.

Camilo Doval gets four-out save without warmup pitches

“I still don’t know what happened,” Doval said in Spanish. “But I’m always ready when they need me. When the phone rings and my name is called, I transform.”

Marlins manager Skip Schumaker wasn’t happy with the way the chaotic scene unfolded and argued that Doval should have been charged with a pitch clock violation as he took longer than usual to get out to the mound.

Camilo Doval gets four-out save without warmup pitches

“Guys make mistakes in calling different arms,” said Schumaker, who was later ejected for continuing to argue. “I’ve got no problem with the mistake or whatever it was. I don’t care about that. I care about what happened after that. At the very minimum, it should have been 1-0.”

“Skip wanted a pitch violation, but there was no violation because [Doval] got checked out in [the warning track], and when he came in, he stopped throwing at 50 seconds,” home-plate umpire Laz Díaz told a pool reporter after the game.

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