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Marlins Today


June 28, 2009 6:40 PM

Game #76: Marlins @ Rays

Tropicana Field - 7:10 PM - Chris Volstad vs Scott Kazmir

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After touching Scott Kazmir up for two runs in the first three innings, the Marlins' offense struggled against the Rays' bullpen, going 2 for their last 15, allowing Tampa Bay to come back, tie the game, and eventually win in walk off fashion as they took the 2009 Citrus Series. Against relief pitchers this year, the Marlins are OPSing just .684.

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-3, R, BB, 3 SB - Walked, stole second and third, and scored on a sac fly. Almost any other MLB player doesn't even get to third in that situation, let alone score (run expectancy with a runner on first and one out is 0.573). He stole a third base after singling in the 3rd. It was just his eighth chance for a steal this month. Before tonight, he had only been sent five times. He's been on base 26 times.

Brett Carroll: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 K - Hit his second career homer and second of the month in the 3rd. This guy's June has been insane. He's upped his average from .182 to .298 and his OPS from .477 to .829 with most of that success coming when he starts. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hermida is 2 for his last 24 and is hitting just .203 vs LHP. The platoon should now be in full effect.

Chris Volstad: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K - Had a very strange night. Struck out four in his first two innings, faced the minimum in two of his first four innings but had to throw 72 pitches. The second run he gave up was the result of horrible luck which included two infield singles. That inning consisted of 25 pitches. It wasn't a bad night, he just never could have that one quick inning that allowed him to get deep in the game as he had to throw an average of five pitches to each hitter. He exited after six. He'll take two straight quality starts against the AL east after giving up 16 runs in his three starts previous but he still surrendered at least six baserunners per start as hitters still touched him up at a .327 clip this month and he has an 17/11 K/BB. He's only lasted longer than six innings once in his last five starts.

Leo Nunez: 1 IP, H, BB, 2 K - Threw for the first time since suffering an ankle injury and had all of his power behind his fastball. he should enter the closer's role tomorrow.

Burke Badenhop: 0.2 IP, H, ER - Struggled, giving up a single and with the runner on second, threw a wild pitch before giving up the game winning sac fly. However, he's still on pace to have a career best month which consisted of at least 10 IP. It was just the third run he's given up in June and he still holds down a 1.69 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a .237 BAA.  

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