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June 19, 2009 11:53 PM

Game #68: Marlins @ Red Sox

Fenway Park - 7:10 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Jon Lester


Against Jon Lester, who coming in, was riding the best three start streak in MLB history since 1900, the Marlins homered twice in the 2nd to take an early 2-1 lead. Ricky Nolasco clung to it by not allowing another hit over his last three innings of work, allowing his team to avoid being swept by the Red Sox in a rain shortened game.

Chris Coghlan: 1-3 - Worked the count full in his first ab, the seventh time in his last four games he's worked at least one full count. Singled on the sixth pitch of the AB, to make himself 11 for his last 22. Amongst guys with at least 50 ABs, at .345, Coghlan has been the Marlins' best hitter this month.

Hanley Ramirez: 1-3, K - Is doing the exact opposite of Coghlan. Has swung at pitches out of the zone 39% of the time in his last three series. his stats are starting to reflect his lack of patience as he is a very un-Hanley like 10 for his last 39 (.256).

Ricky Nolasco: 5 IP, H, ER, 0 BB, 5 K - After he gave up a homer in the 1st, he set down his next ten in a row and 12 of his last 14 without giving up another hit to notch a one hit complete game. he's thrown about the same percentage of overall strikes in his last three starts that he did in his first nine (64% to 65%). the difference has been his deceptiveness. He's throwing curveballs for strikes 10% more of the time now than he was at the beginning of the year.

Dan Uggla: 1-2, R, RBI - Proved that anything Kevin Youkilis can do, he can do as well, homering to the exact same part of the park. The homer broke a 15 game homerless draught and an 11 game RBI-less draught. Despite his struggles with to come through with big hits though, Uggla's June has been by far his best month as he's getting on base at a .382 clip compared to a .317 one in April and May.

Ronny Paulino: 2-2, R, RBI - Hit the length of two homers in the 2nd, marking his third in his last two starts and his seventh RBI of the month. In June, he's hitting .379/.419/.621/1.040. John Baker is hitting just .167 this month with strikeouts in all but one game (11/3 K/BB) and hasn't homered since May 24, leading one to think he's still feeling the effects of a stitched up right eye. Since Paulino has had as much success vs righties as he has had vs lefties this month, he should get at least a few more starts while Baker recouperates all the way and should his hot streak continue, could still be starting even when Baker is back at 100%.

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