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June 11, 2009 6:46 PM

Game #61: Marlins vs Cardinals

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Chris Volstad vs Adam Wainright

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Chris Volstad struggled on Wednesday night, giving up more than four runs and not striking out a hitter for the first time in his career. However, it wasn't until Fredi Gonzalez mismanaged the bullpen even more that the Marlins fell out of an eventual 13-4 game.

Brian Sanches: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER - Even though he only needed to get one out, he had to get it with two men in scoring position in the form of Skip Schumaker who is hitting .292 in that situation and who had already driven in a run with a double. It was the first out he's gotten with inherited runners on base this year. This prompted Fredi to pull him after he threw just five pitches. Who did he pull him for? Not Kiko Calero, the best pitcher in the pen and a guy that hasn't given up a run in nearly a month and who obviously wasn't getting the night off as evident by him warming in the pen later in the game but the mopup reliever, Cristhian Martinez who has thrown in five games in his major league career. He gave up four runs.

Chris Coghlan: 2-4, R, BB, K - Ran his hit streak to six games. Over that span, he's hitting .369 and has upped his OPS from .619 to .699. in the lead-off spot, he's hitting .286.

Hanley Ramirez: 1-5, R, RBI, 2 K - Struck out looking with the bases loaded, ending the 6th. Taking nothing away from him because he makes up for it by being spectacular in almost every other sense of the word, Hanley has never been great with the bases loaded, OPSing just .706 in 30 ABs.

Jeremy Hermida: 3-5, R, 2 RBI - First time he's hit homers in back-to-back games since July 26, 2008. He's off to a .300/.400/.900 start this month. Eight games into last June, he was hitting .167. In his last 18 home games, he's hitting .347. It's safe to say he's on fire.

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