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May 21, 2009 11:39 PM

Game #41 and #42: Marlins vs Diamondbacks

Land Shark Stadium - 5:05 PM - Chris Volstad vs Doug Davis

Game 1 - BOX

There was another rain delay on Wednesday only this time water wasn't falling from the sky. Instead it came in the human form of Doug Davis. Thankfully it only lasted 4.1 innings. The Marlins got to the D-Backs' pen early, touching Davis for six runs in 4.1 innings on their way to an 8-6 win.

Jeremy Hermida: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB - Singled in the 1st then ran on Emilio Bonifacio running to third getting, himself into scoring position and scored on a Cody Ross double. Herm is heating up. At this point, he was 7 for his last 16.

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-5, R,  K - Singled in the 1st then, despite hesitating out of the box, was still able to beat out a bunt single in the 3rd. That was when his smarts went on vacation for the rest of the night. He got picked off, struck out in his next AB, then celebrated Dan Uggla's homer by storming out of the dugout, raising his arms and screaming. Although no one will say anything because the Marlins are five games under .500 and comebacks have been hard for them to come by, this is a terrible habit, not to mention he did it in the 5th inning of the first game of a double header.

Chris Volstad: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 K - Tied his career high in Ks in the 5th inning, getting Chris Young to K but he also built on his career high in homers allowed in the same inning as he gave up the lead on a walk, neglect of Mark Reynolds who stole second and third, an RBI single, and a two run homer. When the marlins have a 2+ lead in the first 5 innings this year, starters are well below .500.

Dan Uggla: 1-4, R, 4 RBI, BB, K - Picked a good time to hit his first homer since April 25, drilling a three run shot in a tie game. He also homered in the 13th inning of the second game and walked in both games, including three times in the second game. Although his other numbers don't reflect it After posting a porous 11/22 BB/K in April, Uggla has found his plate discipline again this month, posting a 12/13 BB/K. He's currently riding a five game hit streak and has reached safely in eight of his last ten. Over that span, he's raised his OBP from .304 to .329.

Dan Meyer: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB - Was off. Way off. If not for getting a very big break on a call at first, his only out, he would've given up the lead before being pulled. He couldn't even give Fredi Gonzalez two outs, let alone a full inning. As much as it hurt, Meyer was very due for this. Coming into tonight, he hadn't given up a run since April 25. Over that span of nine appearances, he only allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out 16.

Land Shark Stadium - Hayden Penn vs Bryan Augenstein

Game 2 - BOX

Hayden Penn became the latest starter to limbo in and out of the fifth starter's spot, giving up four runs in just 2.2 innings. The Florida bullpen save Burke Badenhop who will likely be a member of the rotation in a few days, followed in suit, giving up five runs in the remaining 10.1 innings as the Marlins dropped the back end of Wednesday's double header to the Diamondbacks, 11-9. In their last four games, the Marlins' pen has an 11.70 ERA.

Hayden Penn: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K - Came in with a porous .332/.415/.593/1.008 line against in his career as a starter plus he hadn't done it at this level in over two years. Hopefully he can go back to being effective out of the pen after losing his confidence.

Cody Ross: 1-6, 2 R, RBI, BB, K - After a John Baker single and an Dan Uggla walk, he smacked his tenth double, driving in a run. In his past six games, he's hitting over .300 with RISP and has raised his OPS over 100 points.

Jeremy Hermida: 3-6, R, 2 RBI, K - Put the Marlins ahead in the 4th with a two run shot, his fourth and first since his two homer game on April 15. I told you he's heating up. Unfortunately, by the end of a long night, his temper heated up as well. He was tossed after he threw his bat in response to a strikeout in the 11th.

Burke Badenhop: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K - Not only did he pitch a season high 3.2 innings only allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 3, if he cleans up this well in his personal life, he's beating women off with a stick. He should get his shot at starting the next time the Fish need a fifth starter.

Renyel Pinto: 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K - However, all hopper's work was for nothing as this guy came in and gave up a three run homer. Pinto has now given up a run and blown a save in each of his last two outings. It looks like this year he's going to come back down to Earth a bit sooner than he did last year.

Dan Meyer: 1 IP, H, ER, BB, K - After he almost costs him the first game, what does Fredi do? Puts him into the second game over Kiko Calero (he's in danger of throwing his arm off but in extra innings, you pull out all the stops) in the 14th to give up another homer. The Marlins got the run back, sparing him the loss, his second huge break of the night.

Leo Nunez: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB - This guy wouldn't be nearly as fortunate nor did he deserve to be. However, much like Meyer, he was due for this as he also hadn't given up a run since April 25.  

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