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May 26, 2009 10:36 PM

Game #47: Marlins @ Phillies

Citizens Bank Park - 7:05 PM - Chris Volstad vs Jamie Moyer


Fredi Gonzalez got a look at what life without Emilio Bonifacio was like on Sunday night and he saw that it was good. Wes Helms did ten times more than Bonifacio has done in any one game since his first week of the season, hitting a three run homer, an RBI single, knocking in four runs, and scoring two runs in the Marlins' 5-3 defeat of the Phillies.

Chris Volstad: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K - Got bailed on an error but there was nothing anyone else could've done about the walk and the homer that had the distance of two homers. After he walked Jamie Moyer in the 2nd and ran his pitch count through a pair of innings over 60, it looked as though Volstad was going to break his streak of 6+ inning outings. However, although he wasn't lights out in his next 3 innings, he got some timely outs, some luck, and some good defense. As a result, despite giving up another homer to Howard, after having to throw 39 in his first 2 innings, he only had to throw 38 pitches in the 3rd 4th and 5th, allowing him to run the aforementioned streak to eight and his QS streak to eight. The fact that Volstad is giving up so many home runs is a bit alarming but as long as he keeps turning in outings like this, you really can't complain.

Wes Helms: 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, K - Made the most of a second chance after looking at strike three by hitting a three run homer. he also scored the insurance run in the 6th and added an rbi single in the 7th, which made him have something to do with every run the marlins scored. although cbp was virtually made for helms' hitting style and although it wouldn't be him but gload starting every day, there is no way Fredi Gonzalez could justify playing a .296 OBP in the leadoff spot over either of them, who are a combined 10 for their last 21 (.477).

Chris Coghlan: 2-5 - On and off the field, this guy has done everything right in his past three games. He's been running the bases well as he did yesterday when he made a hard take out slide at second, breaking up a double play. Unfortunately, he ended the season of Akinori Iwamura, who planted himself right in front of the bag. Even though he did nothing wrong, Coghlan apologized to Iwamura on the field and even went to the Rays' clubhouse after the game to check on him. Beyond that, Coghlan is starting to recognize pitches a lot better recently as evident by him being able to make solid contact vs a guy like the offspeedster Moyer. In his last six games, he's upped his OBP from .243 to .300. However, he also made a great diving catch in left tonight. Normally that would be placed on the long list of good things but not when it provides Fredi with an excuse (allbeit a very weak one) to leave him out there and leave Bonifacio at third base for another two weeks. If the only negative thing he's doing is a positive on a team that isn't dysfuctional, he's in great shape.

Leo Nunez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, K - Yesterday, Carlos Tosca, likely acting on Fredi's orders, went to Nunez after Dan Meyer pitched 1/3 of an inning. He gave up a run and blew a save. In his two previous outings before that, Nunez had given up four runs and collected two losses in 1.1 IP. Tonight, Fredi went to Nunez again after Meyer got just one out with lefties Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard, who had already homered twice due up. Nunez was much sharper tonight and managed to get out of the inning unscathed but a struggling righty vs two lefties that average .295 and .303 vs righties is inexcusable.

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