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June 16, 2009 10:55 PM

Game #65: Marlins @ Blue Jays

Rogers Centre - 1:05 PM - Josh Johnson vs Brian Tallet


Josh Johnson's third career complete game was backed by an offensive onslaught on Sunday afternoon as Ronny Paulino homered twice and Brett Carroll knocked in two runs, leading the Fish to an 11-3 win and a three game sweep of the Blue Jays.

Ross Gload - Out of the lineup for Emilio Bonifacio. The explanation? A lefty was on the mound. Gload is hitting .364 against lefties this year and .313 with a .739 OPS for his career, just nine points off what he OPSes against righties. Bonifacio is OPSing .656 against lefties and was 3 for his last 16, 7 for his last 29 with 8 Ks against them coming in. The only reason Bonifacio was hitting .319 vs lefties for the season is because he faced eight of them in his pipe dream first week as a Marlin.

Cody Ross: 2-5, 2 R - Doubled down the left field line in the first, setting up Wes Helms' RBI. It was his third XBH in his last three games. He's been part of a run scoring inning in seven of his last nine games.

Josh Johnson: 9 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K - Not as his best early as he only had one 1-2-3 inning in his first four, a time in the game in which he holds a .229 BAA. Only threw non-fastballs 11% of the time, using the heater almost exclusively. Hitters picked up on it, knocking two homers out of Rogers Centre in the 4th. Coming in, Johnson had only given up four homers all year. He then got through his next five innings on just 56 pitches, at one point setting down 10 in a row, and collecting his second complete game. He threw non-fastballs 32% of the time over that span. God knows why he was leaning so heavily on the fastball early, especially against a team with an 84% contact percentage. He may have gotten a bad scouting report somewhere along the line. The good news is he was able to adjust and turn his start completely around. That's what makes this guy special. With Johan Santana struggling, giving up 9 runs in just three innings in his start against the Yankees, Johnson's chances of making the All-Star team are very good.

Chris Coghlan: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 BB - Doubled in the 6th, marking the third straight game he's had with an XBH. He also walked twice, driving in another run. He's already jumped up to second in OBP amongst starters, right behind Hanley Ramirez.

Ronny Paulino: 4-5, 3 R, 3 RBI - With what Hermida, Gload, and Ross have been doing this month, it's been easy to forget about this guy who had a hit in each of his last six starts and a .292 june average coming into today. He shouted a huge "remember me?" by collecting four hits, two of which were homers, one of which came off a righty which he was only hitting at a .222 clip.

Jeremy Hermida: 0-4, K - His streak of multi-hit games ended today but I doubt Hermida is sweating it. He is now 10th out of 24 NL corner outfielders in OPS and 36th in the entire national league. He's hitting .300/.417/.480/.897 with RISP and .317/.417/.585/1.002 in late and close situations. 10 of the Marlins' last 12 games have been decided by four runs or less. Over that span, Hermida has seven RBIs.

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