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July 10, 2009 2:08 AM

Game #86: Marlins @ Giants

AT&T Park - 3:30 PM - Chris Volstad vs Ryan Sadowski

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Bouncing back from a pair of starts in which he had a 12.00 ERA, Chris Volstad tossed the first complete game of his career. He was backed by Emilio Bonifacio and Jorge Cantu, who combined for four hits, three runs, and two RBIs as the Marlins avoided being swept by the Giants with a 7-0 win.

Chris Volstad: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K - Why was he so much better tonight in his longest start and first CG of his career than he was in his last two starts which included the shortest start of his career?

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In his last two starts, the vertical location of his pitches was above 2.5 feet about 46% of time.

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Tonight, the vertical location of his pitches was above 2.5 feet about 22% of time.

Keeping the ball down much more consistently, Volstad struck out the most he has this year since may 25, a span of seven starts and didn't walk any for the first time since May 15, a span of ten starts. the Giants, who swung at virtually everything close thrown at them this entire series and, seeing as how they are dead last in the league in walks and the only team not over 200 walks, apparently all year long, undoubtedly helped him in that regard and in regard to his pitch count as his longest inning lasted only 16 pitches and he posted 13 Qs. More than him overpowering them, it was much moreso a nibble-fest. by However, Volstad will more than take this and run with it into the break.

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, K - Two more hits, both doubles. It was his first two XBH game since May 30. There's something about even numbered days Boni seems to like. His last four multi-hit efforts have come on even numbered days, including the three he has already in July. This month, he's off to a .357/.367/.536/.902 start.

Dan Uggla: 1-3, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K - Ran into a three run homer in the 9th after walking twice earlier. It was his first homer since June 25, a span of 42 ABs. Even though it was his first two walk effort since June 1, it wasn't that surprising seeing as how he has posted a 1.42 K/BB since that date, .56 better than league average. However, it has been his severe lack of base hits that has watered his OBP down. over that span, it is .341. That's still over the league average for 2Bs, .337 but when you think of how good it could be if he were hitting the ball, it's disappointing. Overall, in terms of hits, Uggla's July is off to about the same kind of disappointing start that his may got off to. In his first seven games then, he went 3 for his first 25 (120). This month, he's gone 5 for his first 24 (.208).

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