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June 13, 2009 7:18 PM

Game #63: Marlins @ Blue Jays

Rogers Centre - 7:10 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Roy Halladay


Against the second best hitting team in baseball, Ricky Nolasco returned to his 2008 form, striking out nine in six innings, paving the way for Cody Ross' third grand slam to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Marlins to a 7-3 victory in the first game of a three game set.

Jeremy Hermida: 2-4, R, BB, K - Playing like he really wants to go to St. Louis, he continued to build on his career record of consecutive multi-hit games, reaching at least twice for his fourth straight game. With a .324/.376/.472 line, Hermida's last 30 days rank fourth best amongst NL outfielders. Over that span, he's upped his average from .241 to .277.

Ricky Nolasco: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K - Now this was an improvement. Last year, in low leverage situations, he had a 6.08 K:BB and a .235 BAA. After getting the lead tonight in the 1st, he struck out twelve but only got credit for nine and walked one because of a terrible umpire. Hopefully this was the turn of the corner.

John Baker: 0-3, R, BB, K - Wearing the modern style mask rather than his normal face cage, he was back in the lineup. If this were anything but an eye injury, I'd be cursing Fredi Gonzalez for not PHing him yesterday even though he was clearly ready to. However, there could have easily been more difficulty in his sight yesterday than there was tonight so I'll give Fredi the benefit of the doubt. Regardless, it's great to see him back.

Chris Coghlan: 4-5, 2 R, K - His career night ran his June average up to .333. Coghlan likes this interleague stuff. He's hitting .500 against AL teams.

Cody Ross: 1-4, R, 4 RBI, K - Third grand slam, this time a no doubter, to the deepest part of Rogers Centre. He has a 1.290 ops with the bases loaded and his 37 RBIs are second on the team. A few days ago, it looked as though his latest hot streak was coming to an end but since then he's gone 6 for 15 with at least one hit in each of his last four games. Even with that short dry spell, he's hitting .310 in his last 58 ABs. By all means, Cody, stay hot.

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