Marlins Today

July 31, 2009 8:10 AM

Game #102: Marlins vs Braves

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Rick VandenHurk vs Javier Vazquez


On Wednesday, it was the Marlins who walked off in extras but on Thursday, the Braves got their turn to go ahead in extra innings and wind up winning 6-3. Brian McCann's 11th inning homer wasted another good start by Rick VandenHurk in which he struck out a career high nine, a three run Florida comeback, and a chance to sweep the Braves out of Miami.

Rick VandenHurk: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K - After a clean 1st, he put the leadoff man on in the 2nd via a double after an 0-2 count, allowed him to get to third on a Garret Anderson sac fly, hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch on another 0-2 count. to this point, RVH had really struggled in that situation. In his three starts since his return, he had an OPSa over 1.1 and only one K. He allowed both of those runs to come across on a Casey Kotchman double off the top of the center field wall. He finally got sick of giving up hits after 0-2 counts in the 3rd and responded by getting two strikeouts and a flyout after getting ahead 0-2 to each hitter and kept it up in the 3rd, striking out two after getting ahead 0-2 to each of them. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of his 24 hitters. His first three starts have all been fantastic. The only thing he has done that I haven't liked is completely throw his huge curveball out of his pitching repitoir. He doesn't need it as a primary pitch anymore but I'd like to see him use it as an El Duque-esque eephus pitch two or three times a game. Just as long as he doesn't do what Hernandez did to A-Rod.

Ronny Paulino: 2-4, RBI - Getting a rare start against a righty because the marlins want to save John Baker for the cubs series, Paulino, a .222 hitter vs righties this year, singled in both of his first two ABs and had two of the Marlins' three hits until that point. It was a strange way to do it but the hits broke him out of a 5-26 (.192) start to July. Paulino hasn't hit often as of late but when he has, they have come in bunches. Six of his last seven games with a tally have been multi-hit games.

Cody Ross: 1-4, R, RBI, K - Solo shot in the 8th to get the Marlins within one. Just call him Mr. Clutch. In late and close situations, Ross has a .300/.382/.583/.966 line with 17 RBI.

Jorge Cantu: 2-5, RBI, K - Tied the game on a bases loaded infield single in the 8th. He has an RBI in five of his last seven games. over that span, he's hit .307.

Luis Ayala: IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K - After giving up the game despite pitching well in his last outing, he may or may not have been sent down to make room for Matt Lindstrom. After pitching poorly and giving up the game for a second straight time, it's a sure thing. Let us know how the crawfish are, Luis.   

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