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June 26, 2009 11:40 PM

Game #74: Marlins vs Orioles

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Sean West vs Rich Hill

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On Thursday night, every Marlin had a hit, seven had at least two hits, and two had three hits as they demolished the Orioles 11-2 completing the sweep, winning their fifth straight game, and getting to within one game of first place in the NL East.

Dan Uggla: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI - Hill set down his first seven Marlins on just 13 pitches before this guy singled in an attempt to get the offense going. After the offense went 7 for their next 15, he homered in his next AB. Know that groove I was talking about yesterday? He may have found it as he is now 11 for his last 37 (.297) and is hitting .226, the best he has been hitting since April 26.

Cody Ross: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI - Knocked in Uggla for the third and fourth time in two nights. He then singled in his last AB. Ross will be unhappy to see this series end as he went 8-13 with a homer and four RBIs in it. The RBIs moved him into a tie for second with Jorge Cantu for the team lead. He also moved his batting average and slugging percentage up to seasonal highs .283 and .512.

Hanley Ramirez: 3-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 K - If Ross is going to miss the Orioles, this guy is going to be sending them tear stained letters (fortunately for him, he is capable of doing this against anyone). Hanley knocked Chris Coghlan in with a single, running his average with RISP, which already led the major leagues before tonight, up to .419 and up to .429 in the 8th when he added his third grand slam in six ABs with the bases loaded this year (.669 BA), his second of this series, in the 8th. Its not even the All-Star break and he and Ross have already tied the record for most grand slams in a season by a Marlin.

Sean West: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K - Was effective but he had to throw way too many pitches. He had to thrown 49 pitches through three innings, 76 through five innings, and didn't have any 1-2-3 innings the entire night. With a little help from his defense, West was able to get through six innings but if he plans on getting any further into outings or even this far on a regular basis, he really needs to cut down on pitch count. He's currently throwing an average of 17 pitches per frame.

Chris Coghlan: 1-5, 2 R, 3 K - Worked an 8 pitch AB before roping a double down the right field line, his eight XBH of June. Alternatively, this guy's pitch count is just right. The last nine times he's gotten a hit, the AB has consisted of an average of 5.4 pitches.

Jorge Cantu: 3-5, RBI - After missing a homer by a few feet, he lined one into the same corner Hanley did a batter earlier, scoring him from second to take sole possession of second place in RBIs back. He also singled in his next two ABs.

Brett Carroll: 2-3, R, BB - Two more hits, one vs a righty, one vs a lefty to run his seasonal average up over .300. In starts this year, he's hitting .414 with a 1.089 OPS.

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