Marlins Today

June 17, 2009 11:08 PM

Game #66: Marlins @ Red Sox

Fenway Park - 7:10 PM - Chris Volstad vs Tim Wakefield


Chris Volstad was rudely greeted in his first visit to Fenway Park as the Red Sox touched him up for eight runs in just 3.2 innings on their way to an 8-2 win of the Marlins in the first game of a three game interleague series.

Chris Volstad: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K -

"Everything with me is normal except when I pitch (in Fenway Park). When I pitch here it's a little different. There is a little more anxiety to go along with the nostalgia because this is the park I grew up with as a kid. This is the park I dreamed of playing Major League Baseball in and no other ballpark has that feeling for me. There are a lot more family and friends here than in my normal starts and I want to pitch well here."

- Tom Glavine in the Boston Herald (July 9, 2001)

If that's how a future Hall of Famer felt every time he pitched at Fenway, imagine how this 21-year-old felt making his first start there. After three rocky innings, Volstad lost control in the 4th. He had to pitch to seven guys to get two outs. Overall, he had to throw at least five pitches to 10 of his 21 batters faced. It was shortest outing since he only lasted three innings against the Phillies last September. Unfortunately, this start came after he struggled for the first time this year, giving up six runs to the Cardinals. After making it through at least the 6th in nine straight, he's now failed to get through it in two straight. Things don't get much easier in his next start as he has to face the sixth best offense in the league, the Yankees. His next start after that will come against another AL East team, the Rays who are the fifth best offense in the league. Therefore, it wouldn't surprise me to see Volstad struggle through his next two starts as well. However, I don't think it has much to do with his talent and everything to do with his opponents' talents.

Burke Badenhop: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K - Found it nearly as hard to get that third out in the 4th. Came in and promptly gave up a three run homer. Had to throw 5+ pitches to 6 of his first 12 hitters. Settled down in his third inning of work though, the 7th, throwing the first 1-2-3 inning of the night and the first under 20 pitches. He also threw an uneventful 8th, completely sparing the pen yet again. They've now had three straight days off.

Chris Coghlan: 2-4, 2 RBI, K - Fantastic eight pitch AB to plate a run in the 3rd after striking out on three knuckleballs in his first AB. He then drove in another run in his third trip. How's that for learning on the fly? It was Coghlan's third multi-hit performance in his last six games. 

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-3, 2 R - May have had a homer taken away. If review isn't for situations like this, what is it for? If the umpires have to agree with each other to go to the booth, apparently it is still an umpire's discretion call and nothing has changed. The system obviously needs to be modified so that managers decide when the umps should take a second look at something. It wouldn't be hard or take a lot of imagination to create. Something very similar to the NFL's coach's challenge policy would work just fine. 

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