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June 5, 2009 1:38 AM

Game #54: Marlins vs Brewers

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Sean West vs Braden Looper

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The offense did all it could to battle back after a tough start by Sean West but the eight run hole the bullpen got them in to was just too steep a hill to climb. Florida lost, 9-6 dropping the third game of a four game series to the Brewers.

Sean West: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K - Struggled through the worst outing of his career, going just 4.1 innings, having to throw 90 pitches, and giving up 3 runs. Even though he's a rookie who had had two great outings so therefore, he was due, it came on a night where most of the Marlins' pen was unavailable.

Hayden Penn: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 4 R (1 ER), 4 BB - ... which forced Fredi Gonzalez to go to this guy in a two run game. After Emilio Bonifacio bailed him out by making a good throw to the plate, Penn walked Bill Hall and Jason Kendall, a combined 112/38 K/BB, with the bases loaded. Penn was DFA'd after the game. It would've been pretty sad seeing Penn leave the mound almost in tears, knowing he wasted another chance to make it as a major leauger but after how Cristhian Martinez was treated, its hard to have sympathy for anyone else. On Monday, Martinez was sent after throwing 1.2 fantastic innings and collecting his first major league win over Penn who hadn't thrown since May 23 and who had given up seven runs in his last 4.1 innings. As a result, Martinez can't be called back up for another week and may not be called back up at all if Ricky Nolasco is ready by then or if the guy the Marlins called up to fill the void, Tim Wood, performs well. That could be a very distinct possibility as in his first year in AAA, Wood has been spectacular, holding down a 0.55 ERA in 16.2 innings.

Brain Sanches: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K - Fredi also had to leave this guy in to hit with the bases loaded. What he didn't have to do was let him swing away and run the risk of a double play but the result wound up being the same as a bunt. Sanches reached on a swinging bunt for his first major league RBI. On the mound, things weren't as full of sunshine. Sanches maintained his 0.00 era but inheriting runners for the first time, he allowed all of them to score.

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-4, R, RBI, BB - Couldn't stand the thought of having done something right on defense for too long and threw the third out of the inning away, leading to three more runs. It was his ninth error of the year and his second in his last three games. He did keep the next inning, the big inning, going with an RBI single but the way Looper was pitching, Stillwell Gotlander could've hit off him. It was just his second RBI in his last 11 games.

Jeremy Hermida: 0-3, BB - Worked an amazing 10 pitch AB to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Dan Uggla who had homered six times in his last 14 games and was 3-4 in bases loaded situations. All things considered, this was one of Hermida's best ABs of the season. In his last fifteen games, Hermida is OBPing .353.

Dan Uggla: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, K - Unfortunately, the homer came an AB too late. He K'd on three pitches in the 6th then hit his 11th in the 8th. Uggla started that 6th inning rally though so you can't really be mad at him. On may 25, Uggla was hitting .200. Since then, he's upped his average to .219 by hitting .321 in his last eight games. If he can reach .250 by the end of June, that would be a huge accomplishment. To do so, he needs to hit .333 for the rest of the month. So far in june, he's hitting .400.

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