Marlins Today

July 30, 2009 12:09 AM

Game #100: Marlins vs Braves

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Jair Jurrjens


On Monday night, for the first time ever, I missed Fredi Gonzalez. with Gonzalez suspended for one game, Carlos Tosca threw together the worst managed game we've seen all season long. However, thanks to the only good call he made all night, a no-brainer in the bottom of the 9th, he was able to lead the Marlins to a victory. Ross Gload hit a pinch hit walk off two run homer to give the Fish a come-from-behind win in the first game of a potentially huge three game series against Atlanta.

Ricky Nolasco: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K - Had a roller coaster night. Started out well as he only had to throw 26 pitches in his first two very efficient innings which included a 10 pitch 1st before struggling in the 3rd. In that inning, he more than doubled his pitch count, throwing 27 pitches, allowing the leadoff man to get on and come around to score on a sac bunt and two consecutive singles. He made some good pitches to limit the damage to just a single tally, striking out Chipper Jones and Brian McCann who have hit him at .526 and .318 clips in his career. He put two more baserunners, including another leadoff man, on in the 4th. Nolasco's night went back in the right direction in the 5th as he struck out two and recorded his second 10 pitch inning but it went right back down again in the 6th as he gave up a game tying lead-off homer. He put another guy on with one out in his last inning, the 7th, but got helped out by his defense turning a nice 3-6-3 DP to end his night on a good note. It was hardly the best of starts for Nolasco but considering it came against a team that has hit him at a .312 clip while holding him to a 1-4 record, he'll take it, especially after his last three starts, all in a way disappointments. 

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-3, R, K - Went 2 for his first 2. Amazing what happens when you take a few pitches. He had a six pitch first AB and got ahead 2-0 in his second one before singling.

Brett Carroll: 0-1, K - Pinch hit over Gaby Sanchez in the 7th. He has a .083/.185/.250/.435 career line as a PH. He struck out on three pitches.

Renyel Pinto: IP, 2 K - After blowing the game in a high leverage situation his last time out, he was put into a tie game in the 7th. Two of the three hitters due up have better lines vs LHP. The only one that didn't was Nate McLouth who is only slightly worse vs lefties.

Leo Nunez: IP, H, ER - Coming into tonight, Garret Anderson was 3-4 with a homer against this guy. That didn't stop Tosca from going to him in the 9th with Anderson leading off. Anderson hit the go ahead homer.

Ross Gload: 1-1, R, 2 RBI - Covered up all of Tosca's idiocy with a walk-off homer. It broke him out of a bit of a pinch hitting slump as he was just 3 for his last 13 in PH appearances.

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