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June 6, 2009 2:05 AM

Game #55: Marlins vs Brewers

Land Shark Stadium - 7:05 PM - Josh Johnson vs Dave Bush

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It was a good day to be a Johnson on Thursday. On the same night that Randy Johnson collected his 300th career victory, Josh Johnson hit his first career homer in the midst of a seven inning gem as the marlins beat the Brewers, 4-3 to take three out of four games from them.

Josh Johnson: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K - Masterful in his 7.2 innings of work, getting ahead 63% of the time, giving up just five hits, and coming within one of his career high in Ks which sent his K/BB to 64/18. Randy's outing assured him of a place in Cooperstown. Josh's got him closer to contention for his first Cy Young. His ERA currently sits at 2.63, eighth best in the league and he has thrown more innings than anyone in the top seven. He also has a 1.06 whip, third best in the league. If JJ had wins instead of no decisions the three times he went seven innings and gave up three runs or less but had nothing to show for it, he'd be very close to Johan Santana, the leading Cy Young contender.

Dan Meyer: 0.0 IP, H, ER - Fredi Gonzalez will be second-guessed for taking jj out with two outs in the 7th but even though Meyer gave up a two run homer, the first runs he's given up since May 20th, the move was correct. You cannot leave a righty in to face Prince Fielder, who has hit a homer 14% of the time he's faced the Marlins this year and is OPSing .940 vs righties.

Matt Lindstrom: 1 IP, H, K - Has put runners on base in all of his last six save ops. However, Lindstrom has thanked Fredi for his faith to leave him in the closer role by converting all of them successfully. A question mark at the start of the year, Lindstrom is shoring up the closer situation more and more with every outing.

Anibal Sanchez: DLed after the game. His wife is a doctor and he's not stupid so I don't think it's because he hasn't been up front about his health yet this is the third time this year and fifth time in the past two years he has been to the DL. I had my doubts about Sanchez being as good as his 2006 was to begin with and now that he's been through two major surgeries, I have two times as much doubt. Moreover, this is just a prime example of how hard labrum surgery itself is hard to come back from let alone both labrum and Tommy John surgery. Sanchez is under contract with the Marlins until at least 2011 so the best thing for them to do would be to throw him on a limited basis out of the pen to see if they could somehow ease his arm back into form and if it doesn't happen by next season, face facts and either put him in the pen full time or trade him to a starter desperate team (the Rangers were interested in him last year). It's just depressing that this guy's career is going the way of Carl Pavano after he threw a no-hitter in his fourteenth career start. On the other side, this injury is good news for two guys: Cristhian Martinez, who didn't deserve to be sent down in the first place but gets to come back up a bit earlier than expected and Sean West, who will get to stay in the rotation despite the return of Ricky Nolasco.

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