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June 21, 2009 10:04 PM

Game #70: Marlins vs Yankees

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Josh Johnson vs A.J. Burnett

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In front of 47,000, Josh Johnson spun a gem on Saturday night, giving up just three hits and one run, preserving an early two run advantage and getting the win over AJ Burnett and the Yankees in the second game of a three game series.

Dan Uggla: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 K - Hit his second homer in three games in the 2nd, marking his second straight four plus homer month. Through his struggles, the one stat that has remained constantly decent has been his SLG as it has rarely dipped below league average (.413). However, he's below league average in every other stat category. He also struck out twice in the game, running his four game K/BB to 6/1. Before that, Uggla had finally been on pace to post a good OBP figure this month. He's now on pace to strike out more than 20 times for a third straight month.

Josh Johnson: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K - In first five innings he threw an average of 13 pitches per inning and didn't have to throw more than 16 in any one after the 1st. The only blemish on his record was an AJ Burnett bloop that fell after Burnett threw his bat at a curveball. That remained the Yankees' only "hit" until the 7th when New York finally got to him but only after the inning was extended by Dan Uggla misplaying a double play ball. Thanks to Uggla, Johnson had to throw 13 extra pitches and did not get an opportunity to go for his second straight complete game, something a Marlins' starter hasn't done since 2006. Nonetheless, Johnson more than did his job in upholding the lead. In high leverage situations this year, he has a .224/.246/.343/.590 against line. Sign this guy to a long term deal. Now.

Jorge Cantu: 0-4, 2 K - Drove a run home in the 6th after a Johnny Damon gaffe in left, marking the second straight series he's driven in Hanley Ramirez on an error by an outfielder. As a result of the error, Cantu is officially 2 for his last 11 but don't let the stats fool you. He's been having some great swings and after a rough May, looks to be getting back to his April form.

Leo Nunez: 0.2 IP, H, BB - Was once again gone to over Kiko Calero in a high leverage situation in the 8th. Six of the last eleven times Calero has pitched, it has been in a 4+ run situation. He performed another high wire act tonight, throwing seven of his first nine pitches for balls but then rolling a huge double play ball before handing the inning over to Dan Meyer who got the last out. It was a forgone conclusion that when the season started, Nunez was going to have a career year in innings pitched as long as he stayed healthy. However, nothing said he had to throw 70+ innings. Furthermore, this month, Nunez has a 1.67 WHIP. Calero has a 1.26 WHIP. However, we all know how much sense Fredi Gonzalez has liked to make this year: none.

Jeremy Hermida: 0-2, BB, K - Has really cooled off of late, going 0 for his last 16. Over that span, his OPS has dropped from .805 to .761.

Matt Lindstrom: 1 IP, H - Uggla made up for the missed double play that ended Johnson's night by successfully turning one that got him the win on a 100 mph fastball thrown by this guy. Lindstrom has been on of late, with a win and two saves in his last four outings.

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