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June 10, 2009 2:10 AM

Game #59: Marlins vs Giants

Land Shark Stadium - 7:05 PM - Sean West vs Randy Johnson

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Against his childhood idol, Sean West dazzled and picked up his first win of his major league career as the Marlins defeated the Giants, 4-0, splitting a four game series.

Brett Carroll: 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI - It took him 84 games but Carroll finally hit his first major league homer. Good things come to those who wait. He hit it off of Randy Johnson, who just won his 300th game and will go into the hall of fame in a couple years. He also hit in in a scoreless game with two men on base and he he hit right to a very classy fan (ironically, it was the same guy that caught Griffey's 600th homer) that had no problem giving him the ball. To contrast, Chris Coghlan hit his in his fourth game, a loss and he hit it to Happy Youngster, who had all sorts of demands including a Hanley Ramirez game used bat. Carroll also tripled and singled in the game, coming within a double of the first ever Marlins' cycle. Who knows where it's come from but Carroll, known for his glove but definitely not for his bat, has actually run into some success at the plate lately. In his last 20 ABs, he's hitting .300. That on top of playing his usual spectacular defense is more than enough to warrant him starting in right, moving Coghlan to third, and moving Emilio Bonifacio to the bench but that would make too much sense.

Sean West: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K - Took a no hitter into the 7th. Until that point, his longest AB lasted seven pitches, he wasn't on the mound more than six minutes in any inning as his longest frame lasted 21 pitches, and he threw 15/19 first pitch strikes. He labored there a little bit, giving up his first two hits on 22 pitches but he returned right back to form in the 8th, getting his last three outs, two of which were strikeouts, on just 15 pitches. West is now averaging six innings per start, has never failed to strike out more than he's walked, and is holding opponents to a lowly .194 batting average thus he has put to rest any belief that he wasn't ready for this at just 21-years-old with only 42.2 innings above single A under his belt. Last month, the last two spots in the rotation were a revolving door but thanks to West, they now have 4/5 of a rotation that is pitching like future Cy Young candidates.

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