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July 22, 2009 8:13 PM

Game #95: Marlins @ Padres

PETCO Park - 10:05 PM - Chris Volstad vs Chad Gaudin


Chris Volstad continued to struggle on Tuesday night but he was good enough to hold the worst offense in the league to just two early runs and let his offense go to work for him. behind RBI singles by Jorge Cantu and John Baker, the Marlins went on to win 3-2, taking the first two of a three game series at PETCO Park.

Chris Volstad: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K - Because he was facing San Diego, his line looked a lot better than he really pitched. Struggled with control early as he threw eight of his first 12 pitches for balls. Two of the four strikes went for a hard hit line drive but fortunately right at Cantu and not so fortunately, an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez which put the Marlins in an early 1-0 hole. His struggles continued into the 2nd as he gave up another lead-off walk on six pitches. Following it, every pitch he threw to both Kyle Blanks and Eliezer Alfonso was a ball. He only threw four clear cut strikes in the inning, all of which were right down the middle, three of which were to the opposing pitcher, and one of which went for a single. He finally began an inning with something other than a walk in the 3rd but not before getting behind 2-0. The walk would come two batters later when he gave Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had only walked four times all year, on four pitches. Volstad would throw just eight first pitch strikes, get behind to 19 of his 28 hitters, and give up four walks. If he wasn't facing the Padres in PETCO, he would have been gone way before the 6th and would have given up more than four hits and one run. For the fifth time in his last eight outings, Volstad was able to turn a bad start into something decent but that doesn't mean he doesn't have things he needs to work on.

Chris Coghlan: 2-4, R - Singled in the 3rd and stole second, just his first steal since June 12. Getting on and scoring runs hasn't been a problem for Coghlan. However, plating them has. In his third AB in the 4th, he took a 2-0 fastball, swung at the next pitch, a slider out of the zone, and eventually flew out on a 3-2 payoff pitch. It wasn't a bad AB for a lead-off hitter as it lasted seven pitches but Coghlan needs to learn how to re-adjust when he has men on base. After a fantastic start to his career with men on, he has just four RBIs in his last 14 games.

Jorge Cantu: 2-5, RBI - Drove in Coghlan, the go ahead run, with a single, which broke a bit of an RBI-less streak, four games. Before that, he had RBIs in five of six games. Last month, he only had ten RBIs. He already has seven in July. When he's not driving in runs, Cantu is setting the guys behind him up to do so more easily. He also got Emilio Bonfacio to third in the 5th to set up a first and third, one out situation. This month, 63% of the runners that are in scoring position when Cantu hits have scored.

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-5, R - Made the last out with two on and two out in the 6th. On the flip side of what Cantu is doing, only 21% of the runners that are in scoring position when he hits have scored.

Dan Meyer: 0.2 IP, K - Faced two left handed hitters and got pulled. In his last three outings, all he's faced have been lefties before getting yanked. He has a .141 BAA vs RHB and a .213 BAA vs LHB.

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