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July 1, 2009 8:40 PM

Game #79: Marlins vs Nationals

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Sean West vs Craig Stammen

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Sean West labored through his 4.1 innings on Tuesday night, giving up five runs to the lowly Nationals and putting the Marlins in an early four run hole but thanks to back-to-back three run innings in which Hanley Ramirez knocked in three runs, the Fish rallied just in time, taking the lead in the 7th and eventually winning a rain shortened game, 7-5.

Sean West: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K - Had an A typical start to his night for a Marlins starter, struggling in his first three innings, allowing a run and letting a runner get into scoring position in two of them but unlike the rotation has been able to do until now (judging by their .318 OBPa and 2.23 K/BB in them) settle down in the three innings after that as he gave up a leadoff walk, a single, and a one out two RBI single to the opposing pitcher in his tenth MLB AB. He was pulled in the 5th after a one out double by Ryan Zimmerman, a two run homer by Adam Dunn and after giving up his third walk of the night. He lasted just 4.1 innings. It was the third time this month he was unable to make it out of the 5th. West has shown tons of promise since his callup but with the Marlins now just a game and a half out of first, if his struggles continue into July, he will likely be replaced by Rick VandenHurk who has been performing very well in AAA. Before his last start, his first bad one of the year, he had a BAA under .200, a .17 BB/K, and a 1.84 ERA.

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-4, R, K, SB - Ran his hit streak to eight games in the bottom of the 1st and came around to score. The last 12 times he's been on base, he's scored nine times.

Hanley Ramirez: 3-4, R, 4 RBI - Got the marlins back to within one in the 6th and with the bases loaded and two outs, tied it and put them ahead in the 8th. He now has an RBI in nine straight and he ranks fifth in the league in them. Since June 12, he's hitting .409. What more can I say? The guy is just simply amazing.

Jeremy Hermida: 0-3, K - Was replaced by Brett Carroll with a righty warm, ready to go, and probably coming into the game regardless in the 7th. It was one thing to lose playing time in a platoon but now Carroll is starting to take playing time and ABs away from Hermida when he starts. A free agent next year, the same year that Cameron Maybin and possibly John Raynor are due up, at just 2 for his last 33, Hermida will likely be shopped at the break.

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