Marlins Today

June 24, 2009 11:36 PM

Game #72: Marlins vs Orioles

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Andrew Miller vs Koji Uehara


Coming into Tuesday night's game, since 2005, the Marlins had had a lot of success against Asian import pitchers, hitting .275 with an 11-5 record against them. That success only halfway continued against Koji Uehara as the Fish touched him for seven hits but only one run. More of those would eventually come though. The Marlins ripped the Baltimore bullpen which has been very good of late, for six runs, the last of which came in the bottom of the 12th inning, erasing an undoing by their own bullpen and getting themselves back to .500 for the first time since May 13.

Andrew Miller: 7 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K - Gave up a double on the second pitch, an extra base on the third pitch, and a sac fly RBI on the fifth pitch. didn't like the way that felt so he went on to setting down his next ten in order and 19 of his last 21 without giving up another hit. Watch that ERA shrink. In his last eight starts, it's gone from 5.94 to 4.17. Over that span, he's only had one 4+ run outing. If Miller is indeed going to be a big factor in the Marlins' success this year, things are looking very good right now.

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-5, 2 R, BB, K - Even when he has a decent night in the box score, it's a bad night surrounded by luck. Struck out on three pitches in his first AB, grounded into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded in his second, and what should've been a 6-4-3 double play in his third (fortunately Robert Andino is more of a failure than he is). He scored the winning run but should have been out by a mile. He singled in his fourth AB as a result of the swinging version of the only thing he's been able to do with some success: bunt. In between ABs, he walked on and off the field to audible boos. He wasn't sent on a steal any of the times he reached base. Gotta have that speed up there.

Hanley Ramirez: 2-5, R, 4 RBI, BB - Hit his second homer in as many games and his second grand slam of the year. He's had five ABs with the bases loaded.

Leo Nunez: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER - The setup man came into a five run game, threw three pitches, gave up a homer, a single, then left with an injury. It was the eleventh time in twenty games June games that he's been used. Meanwhile, Tim Wood has been up for three days in what is his second major league stint this year and has yet to make his major league debut and Renyel Pintio had only thrown twice since May 22. Fortunately, the injury isn't serious and Nunez said he should be able to go on Thursday but hopefully this is an eye opener for Fredi Gonzalez. When it's not a save situation, don't use this guy. Thankfully, that probably won't happen at all now as Nunez looks to step in to the closer's role.

Matt Lindstrom: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER - For the ninth time this year and for the third time this month, he once again allowed runs in a save situation. He got pot pulled for his sixth time this year. 14 of his 16 pitches were fastballs right down the heart of the plate. Both of the others were hanging curveballs. The reason he hadn't been using the curve? He hadn't been feeling the affects of a sprained right shoulder when he threw the fastball, just when he threw the curve. He was sent to the DL after the game. This surely has attributed to why he had a 7.56 ERA this month. Even before the injury, he hadn't been lights by any means (evident by his 1.9 WHIP) but given what the Marlins have to replace him with, it's still a loss. The good news is a break did Lindstrom well last year. Hopefully that's the case again this year. 

Brett Carroll: 0-1 - This man has no right arm. He just has a gun attached at the shoulder. Threw out Ty Wigginton with (name) headed to third for a huge second out in the top of the 11th, allowing Burke Badenhop to escape the inning unscathed and allowing the Marlins to walk off in the 12th. On top of hitting .280 (including .348 vs LHP), he's on the plus side of defensive +/-. In what was probably his last chance to make it as a pro, it's great to see this guy playing well.

Jorge Cantu: 2-6, RBI - The walkoff hit belonged to this man. It was the fifth of his career. In high leverage situations, he's hitting .295.

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