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July 5, 2009 12:15 AM

Game #81: Marlins vs Pirates

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Chris Volstad vs Charlie Morton

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The Marlins attempted to cover up Chris Volstad's early game struggles on Friday night but Chris Leroux allowed three runs in the 7th, undoing any hope they had and eventually dropping the Fish out of first place not even 24 hours after they got there.

Chris Volstad: 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB, K - His first half could be summed up in just three innings as all of his struggles from this year compounded early. Missing up in the zone 40% of the time, he gave up two homers and allowed another steal, the umpteenth steal that has occurred against him this year. Coming into this year, his seasonal high between the minors and the majors in homers allowed was three. This season, he has given up at least one homer in five of his last six starts.

John Baker: 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, K - Doubled for a second straight game in the 7th, plating Cody Ross and hit a two run homer in the 9th, his first since May 24. Could this finally be the beginning of the end of his 4-37 slump?

Tim Wood: 3 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, K - Worked three very clean relief innings, surrendering just one hit and one walk to stop the bleeding. In his 6.2 innings since his latest arrival, wood has only allowed four hits in 6.2 innings to secure a job in a thin bullpen.

Chris Leroux: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, K - Had to throw 31 pitches to get three outs. In between them, he opened the wound back up again. With every one of his pitches staying straight, he gave up a lead-off walk, a single, and two RBI doubles. Leroux has allowed runs to come across in all four of his appearances. When Luis Ayala, who the Marlins acquired on Thursday, is ready to come up from his minor league conditioning assignment, this guy will probably be the odd man out.

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