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July 1, 2009 12:45 AM

Game #78: Marlins vs Nationals

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Scott Olsen


The Marlins' struggles as a whole vs lefties continued (they're now hitting just .252/.318/.406/.725 vs them as a team) but Ricky Nolasco was able to stick to a two run tie, giving his offense the time it needed to get into the pen and with a two run 8th, which included a clutch sac fly by Emilio Bonifacio, he picked up his third straight win in the first game of a three game set against Washington.

Ricky Nolasco: 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K - Tossed a clean first before giving up a first homer to Ryan Zimmerman and what would've been a second homer to Josh Willingham in any other park. The Nationals would rightfully and justifiably so get the run though on a fielder's choice and an infield base hit. This prolonged the Marlins' rotation's struggles in the first three innings as they now own a 5.12 ERA in them. After that though, he only had to throw more than 14 pitches in an inning once, set down his last 13 in a row, and got through eight innings. Noly didn't do much in June. He just held his ERA under 2 and his WHIP under 1 and posted a 33/5 K/BB which trumped his 2008 June by two ERA points, over one WHIP point, six strikeouts and two walks.

Brett Carroll: 1-3, R, K - One of two guys who hasn't struggled against lefties. He continued to mash them in the 3rd when he doubled off the wall and came around to score on a Bonifacio double. He is now hitting .333 against southpaws. The platoon should now be in full affect.

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-3, R, RBI - The other guy who has had no problem with southpaws proven by the fact that he's now hitting .305 against them. Got the best contact on a ball we've seen him get all year, hitting a ball off the teal monster, knocking in a run with a triple. It was the result of an eight pitch ab. For his efforts, he got a game winning/go ahead RBI chance set up for him with a runner at third in the 8th. After five pitches, he delivered a sac fly. In his last six games, he's seen more than three pitches in an AB 50% of the time and is 8 for 21 (.380), this coming after a 5-31 (.161) streak in which he only saw more than three pitches in an AB 35% of the time. Since June 23, he's also posted a .75 BB/K. In his previous 13 games before that, he posted a 0.20 K/BB. I think i'll keep this newest version of him.

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