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July 12, 2009 10:49 PM

Game #89: Marlins @ Diamondbacks

Chase Field - 8:10 PM - Sean West vs John Garland


Sean West struggled again on Saturday night, giving up five runs in less than five innings for the fourth time this year as the Marlins dropped a second straight game to the Diamondbacks. After the game, West was sent back to AA.

Sean West: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, K - In what was his last chance to prove he belongs, he gave up five runs for a third straight start and for the fourth time in his last five starts. Despite flashing good stuff at some points, including a fastball that averaged 93 mph, he never should've been called up in the first place. There really is only one option to replace west: Rick VandenHurk. Not only is VandenHurk one of just two options the marlins have on the 40 man to call up to start but he's been lighting it up in AAA, holding PCL (Pitcher Crushing League) hitters to a lowly .192 BAA. He is on the bereavement list right now as he is tending to the death of his grandmother but that's not a problem because the Marlins don't need a fifth starter until next Monday. He should have his affairs in order by then. For now, Luis Ayala has been called up to fill West's roster spot. If Ayala performs well, he could earn an extended stay in the pen with Brendan Donelley going down to make room for RVH.

Chris Coghlan: 0-4 - With a lefty starting on Sunday, he will go into the break hitting just .188 in his last 15 games. He's been on base via a hit in all but four of those games but all of them are one hit efforts. Seeing the best stuff out of anyone in the lineup, he's also starting to walk a lot less than he was in late May and early June. After posting a 11/16 K/BB from May 26 through June 17, Coghlan has an 18/6 K/BB since then with at least one strikeout in 11 of 20 games. over that span, his OPS has dropped nearly 100 points. If these struggles continue into the second half, Emilio Bonifacio may soon re-inherit the leadoff spot.

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