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June 28, 2009 12:03 AM

Game #75: Marlins @ Rays

Tropicana Field - 7:30 PM - Josh Johnson vs James Shields

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Hanley Ramirez did what he had already done four three over this five game win streak, homered to left. However, it wasn't enough to extend it to six games as the Rays knocked Josh Johnson out of the game after just six innings, touched the bullpen for four runs, and went on to win, 7-3 in the first game of the Citrus Series.

Chris Coghlan: 1-4, R - Lead off the game with his eighth XBH this month. It was also the eighth time he's lead off a game with a hit. In the leadoff spot, he's hitting an even .300 with a .381 OBP.

Hanley Ramirez: 3-5, R, 2 RBI - Plated Coghlan two batters later and homered with two outs in the 7th. Good players thrive in clutch situations. Hanley is now hitting .347/.431/.644/1.075  with eight homers with two outs. Since breaking a 100+ AB streak without a homer last Sunday, he's hit four in his last 21 trips.

John Baker: 0-5, 2 K - The world must've exploded today because Fredi Gonzalez's lineup actually made sense. Baker hit second. However, he still went 0fer with two ks. For now, I'll give baker the benefit of the doubt in saying that it may take him a few games to get re-acclimated to the two hole but if he doesn't, the Marlins may be in the market for a starting catcher at the break. This month, Baker is hitting just .191 with a pathetic .468 OPS and a 16/3 K/BB.

Ross Gload: 1-4, RBI, BB - This guy was also hitting fifth, a spot where he hits .321/.354/.495/.849 out of and against Shields who he came in hitting at a .455 clip. He doubled in the Marlins' second run in the 5th. In his last six starts, Gload is 10 for 27 (.370).

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-4, 2 K - ... and this guy was at the bottom of the order. He actually performed decently too, collecting two solid base knocks. Fredi, as if you needed one, this was a sign.

Josh Johnson: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K - If Johnson is going to give up a run, its going to be in the first three innings. So when he gave up an RBI to (name) in the 1st and one to Evan Longoria in the 3rd, there was no need to panic. However, when he was still allowing baserunners in the 4th, 5th and 6th, a time in the game where he holds down a .171 BAA, you could tell this wasn't going to be the best of starts. However, not the best of starts for Johnson still means a quality start. Despite allowing guys to reach in each of his last four innings, he only allowed one more run on a wild pitch that Baker should have been able to block and avoid the loss. This was his last start of June, a month in which he averaged 7.2 innings per start and didn't give up any more than three runs in any one of them. He has not lost since May 19 and hasn't had a non-quality start since April 18.

Renyel Pinto: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K - The last time he was left in for more than an inning, he gave up two runs to... (dun dun dun...) the Rays. Tonight, he walked two in the 8th before getting yanked. 12 of Pinto's 20 pitches in the 8th were balls.

Brian Sanches: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB - After getting behind 3-0 to Dioner Navarro, Fredi ordered an intentional ball, handing the Rays another runner. Navarro has an 8.25 k/bb, the worst on the Rays' roster. He was walked to get to BJ Upton, a 1.16 K/BB, second best amongst Rays starters. Sanches gave up a bases clearing double, allowing both of Pinto's runners to score. He has allowed every one of his inherited runners to score this year.

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