Marlins Today

June 3, 2009 12:34 AM

Game #52: Marlins vs Brewers

Land Shark Stadium - 7:05 PM - Andrew Miller vs Jeff Suppan


After Cristhian Martinez kept them in the game, the Marlins loaded the bases against an old friend in the 6th and plated five runs off of him on their way to a 7-4 win over the Brewers in the first game of a three game set.

Andrew Miller: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K - After a clean first, he loaded the bases with just one out. He then walked in a run for the second and third time this year, making him second in the league in that right, tied with the second guy he walked, Jeff Suppan, and gave up an RBI base hit. He was able to get bill hall to strike out after going 3-1 to him and Ryan Braun to ground out on just one pitch but the three run inning was his worst single frame since April 15. Miller's struggles continued into the 3rd as he gave up a leadoff single and a walk. The brewers helped him out running themselves out of the inning and keeping him in the game. When you give up hits at a .302 clip and batters OPS .911 off you after you get behind in the count early and the strike zone is the size of a fingernail and when you're a pick-at-the-corners type guy who isn't getting the corners at all, its hard to capitalize on things like that. However, even though he was unable to collect his fourth straight quality start, he pitched into the 5th and didn't give up another earned run. This wasn't a good start by any means but given the circumstances, it could've been much worse.

Jorge Cantu: 2-4, 2 RBI - Broke out of his slump in the 1st with an RBI single, knocking in Hanley Ramirez. He then singled in his next AB, leading off the 3rd marking just his second multi-hit game in his last 12.

Hanley Ramirez: 3-5, 2 R, RBI - After getting the 1st started with his seventeenth double, the still hampered Hanley rounded third only to find Jason Kendall waiting for him right in front of the plate. There was no play whatsoever at the plate. Hanley had to side-step Kendall and pull up a bit. Later in the game, on Chris Coghlan's RBI, Kendall did not block the plate. A classless purpose move.

Jeremy Hermida: 2-5, RBI, K - Saw 5+ pitches in four of his five ABs. Over his past eight games, he's seeing an average of five pitches per AB which has undoubtedly contributed to him hitting .298 over that span.

John Baker: 1-5 - Hitting .167 in the seven hole compared to the .311 he hit in the two hole. Emilio Bonifacio is currently in the two hole hitting just .250 in 12 ABs. Gotta have that speed up there.

Emilio Bonifacio: 0-4, R, BB, K - After Julio loaded the bases via a hit batsman and a walk, Bonifacio came in, swung at the first pitch, then swung at anything close. He swung at ball four four times and dove out of the way of a ball that should have hit him before grounding into what would have been a double play if not for an error by Prince Fielder. Bonifacio himself also made his eighth error in the game. Right now, this guy is about as close to worthless as you can get.

Cristhian Martinez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K - Let an unearned run come in by giving up a hit to the first batter he faced but after that, did a fantastic job mopping up for Miller, throwing 18 strikes and only eight balls despite the aforementioned tiny strike zone. After the Casey McGehee RBI, he only gave up one more hit and pitched around Bonifacio's error. For his efforts, he was sent back to the minors after the game to make room for Anibal Sanchez, who will start Tuesday's game. Not easy after a great showing but Martinez's bags were probably packed even before the game. 

Matt Lindstrom: 1 IP, H, 2 K - Liked the way that looked so he threw 11 strikes and only one ball to get his eleventh save. I don't like many things Fredi Gonzalez has done recently but I do like the way he is managing Lindstrom. When Lindstrom is off, you can tell by the way he pitches to his first hitter. And as he has proven, when he is off, he is really off. That is why Gonzalez has wasted no time in getting someone else ready when Lindstrom puts his first hitter on. Closer or not, this is the way he should be managed.

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