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June 18, 2009 11:09 PM

Game #67: Marlins @ Red Sox

Fenway Park - 7:10 PM - Andrew Miller vs Brad Penny


The Marlins went 0-15 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday night, doing their part to ruin a good start by Andrew Miller. The other part was done by an egregious umpire. Florida lost, 6-1 dropping the series to the Red Sox.

Andrew Miller: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K - Against a team that hits an even .190 with two strikes compared with .364 with one strike, Miller had strike two taken away from him at least eight times. The umpire also allowed a runner to get into scoring position with two outs, a situation in which Miller owns a 10.69 ERA, in the 3rd despite John Baker getting his foot stepped on. Miller then had strike two taken away on two of the three hits in the Red Sox' two run 4th inning. Needless to say, he pitched much better than his line suggested. At least he had finishing strong to officially show for it. At 86 pitches entering the 5th, he made it into the 6th and left after pitch number 100. It was the fifth time in his last six starts that he's made it into at least the 6th. Over that span, he has a 3.90 ERA.

Brian Sanches: 1.2 IP, H, ER, 2 K - Proved it wasn't just a conspiracy against Andrew. After strike two was called ball two, Jacoby Ellsbury homered finally ruining his 0.00 era. it had to happen some time. At least it was in a 5-1 game.

Kiko Calero: 0.2 IP, H, ER, 3 BB - Gone to in a four run game only to struggle the most we've seen him struggle all year, loading the bases, giving up a run, and failing to make it through the inning. Calero is the team's best reliever. The last two times he's pitched have been in a four run game. Other than the umpire, who was still squeezing to say the least at this point in the game, the wildness factor can probably be attributed to Calero not throwing nearly as frequently this month as he did in May. He threw in 17 games that month. This month, he's only thrown in six. The most days he had off in a row in May was two. In June, he's had three days off twice.

Hanley Ramirez: 0-3, R, 2 BB - Walked in the 1st, just his third walk of June and again later, marking his first two walk game since May 4. Despite it, he still only has five walks this month, which is one less than the six he had in his career worst month in terms of walks in his rookie season.

Jorge Cantu: 1-4 - After a treacherous may, he's getting back in the saddle again. Hit the ball hard enough to force Ellsbury to make his first career error, plating Hanley from first in the 1st, getting to Penny early in what is statistically his best inning. Cantu hit the ball well in his next two ABs as well but right at guys. After only hitting .189 in his last ten May games, he's off to a .308 start in June. He has six hits in his last six games.

Emilio Bonifacio: 0-4, K - Wasted a chance to tie the game with two runners in scoring position and one out, tapping out to Jason Varitek. With men on base, he's hitting a robust .237. He's 2 for his last 12 in the situation.

Ross Gload: 1-5, K - Has done a lot of things right lately but hitting with runners on has not been one of them. .220/.298/.280/.578.

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