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June 30, 2009 12:00 AM

Game #77: Marlins @ Rays

Tropicana Field - 1:30 PM - Andrew Miller vs Scott Kazmir

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As Andrew Miller struggled through his 6.1 innings, Scott Kazmir shined through his, stifling the Marlins and holding them to just one run as the Rays completed the sweep and pushed the Fish back down below the .500 mark.

Andrew Miller: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K - Struggled with his control early, throwing just 19 of his first 35 pitches for strikes and giving up three runs. never really settled in as he gave up seven more baserunners and allowed five of them to get into scoring position. Two of them got there because he didn't pay attention to guys who had singled and theoretically gave them stolen bases, proven by the fact that one of them was Carlos Pena. Mark Wiley needs to take these boys to school on the art of the pitchout and the pickoff move. In their last eight games, the Marlins have picked off a total of four times and pitched out a total of zero times. They've allowed ten stolen bases. Miller allowed a total of five runs marking just his second non-quality start since May 16. His June wasn't great on paper as he posted a 4.37 ERA, 10 points over league average. However, considering it was his first month in which he had five starts this year, considering he had more quality starts than non-quality starts, he had a 2.5 K/BB, he lasted an average of seven innings per start, and had to face two of offenses that rank amongst the top five in the league, Andrew and I will both take it.

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-3, R, BB - Stole his fourth base of this series and second in two games After walking in the 3rd and scored on a Jorge Cantu base hit. If he didn't get to second, the Marlins don't score. If he didn't steal second and third last night, the game isn't tied in the 9th. Bonifacio performed well in interleague play with most of his success coming from the bottom of the lineup. He went 12 for 46, hitting above his seasonal average of .250 by hitting .260 with four walks and four steals.

Jorge Cantu: 1-4, R, K - Worked a fantastic 10 pitch AB ending in a single to get the 9th started. It was a sight to see seeing as how Cantu has only walked once and struck out 11 times this month. The improved patience has undoubtedly contributed to him getting back into the swing of things by going 12 for his last 32 after a 5 for 29 cold spell.

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