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July 3, 2009 10:44 PM

Game #80: Marlins vs Nationals

Land Shark Stadium - 7:30 PM - Josh Johnson vs Jordan Zimmerman

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Josh Johnson was knocked out of the game early on Wednesday night but the rest of the Marlins, including Cody Ross who homered and knocked in two runs, were able to pick him up and sweep the Nationals to move themselves into a prime position to move into a tie for first place.

Josh Johnson: 3.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 BB, 3 K - Picked a good day to not be at his best which still only meant one earned run because even if he was, he only would've lasted five innings anyways because of rain. Furthermore, it was more so him being victimized than it was him being off as during his 3.1 innings, the weather was the result of Mother Nature not being able to make up her mind. It was raining (more like misting) just enough to get you wet but the sun was still out enough to make you sweat. Couple that with the fact that Johnson has always been better at night than in the day, especially this year seeing as how his ERA is 1.68 points better and his WHIP is .33 points better under moonlight, and you get this kind of outing. No need to fret. Everything is under control.

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-4, R - We're finding out what Beinfest and Gonzalez meant when they said "he does something to help you win every game". In the Marlins' last six wins, he has gone 9-28 with four RBIs and five steals. He has also played much better defensively lately, not erroring since June 24, a span of eight games. His previous season long errorless streak before this was seven games.

Cody Ross: 2-4, R, 2 RBI - Broke out of a 1-15 slump by homering in the 7th and knocking Ross Gload in in the 8th. Last year, Ross was labeled the streakiest man on earth, regularly having spells similar to that 1-15 in between spells where he'd hit two to four homers. This year, he's dropped his planetary title, and can now simply be labeled streaky. It doesn't sound like much but that 1-15 was the first time he's failed to collect at least five hits in five games.

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