Marlins Today

July 26, 2009 1:26 AM

Game #97: Marlins @ Dodgers

Dodger Stadium - 10:10 PM - Josh Johnson vs Clayton Kershaw


It was a good night to be a Marlins pinch hitter on Friday night in Los Angeles as Chris Coghlan and Jeremy Hermida came off the bench and knocked in runs in the 7th and 8th to propel the Fish to a 6-3 win over the Dodgers in the first game of a three game series.

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-6, 2 R, K - Ruined an RISP chance by grounding out in his second AB. He is worst on the team at a lot of things. Amongst those is high leverage situations. His .193/.294/.211/.505 is the worst line in high leverage situations on the team not counting pitchers. Fortunately, he's far from the worst in the speed department and he finally got a chance to show it. After singling, he scored from first on Wes Helms' double in the 5th and after singling again in the 6th, he was moved to third on a base hit and scored an easy run when Orlando Hudson threw the ball into the dugout. Bonifacio's solid June continues. Unfortunately for him, solid means a .665 OPS.

Wes Helms: 3-6, RBI, 2 K - With Ronny Paulino struggling vs LHP coming in (1 for his last 18), Helms got a start in the two hole despite only having a career .280 OBP in it. He thanked Fredi Gonzalez for his confidence by collecting three hits and knocking in a run. He would have had four hits if not for the gold glove of Hudson making a great over the shoulder grab on the outfield grass. Helms is hitting .333/.335/.400/.755 this month. He's also only made one fielding error in 31 innings this year. If the guy playing third base wasn't named Emilio Bonifacio, I could see Helms and his $2 million contract stealing a few more starts away. 

Josh Johnson: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 K - Allowed his first run when Brett Carroll allowed James Loney to get to third on a bad play off the wall in RF and Paulino let a ball get by him because he tried to backhand instead of slide over. Justifiably so, he got that run back himself. After he singled, he got moved to third by a Bonifacio bloop single he scored on a wild pitch. The rest of his night on the mound, though, would be a lot less sunny. After putting the first two batters on base and getting Manny Ramirez to ground out, he ran the count to 3-1 against Andre Ethier. With first base open, instead of staying away, he put a pitch right in Ethier's wheelhouse which he stroked down the right field line for a game tying double. However, despite that mistake, Johnson still managed to collect the quality start, his tenth in his last eleven outings with the only non-QS being a rained shortened outing. Since his return from the DL last season, he's a mind boggling 16-3 with a 3.01 ERA.

Jeremy Hermida: 1-2, RBI, K - After all the cat and mouse between Fredi and Joe Torre was through, this guy roped a base hit into right, plating the go ahead run. It was his third straight game with an RBI but the better news was that it came against a lefty. Hermida has hit them at just a .188 clip this year.

Ronny Paulino: 2-4, BB, K - Couldn't do any wrong tonight. First, his aforementioned slump vs LHP ended as he collected two hits against Kershaw then he walked against a right handed pitcher, just his sixteenth walk vs righties in two years time. Even when he made a mistake, it came out good in the end. after his walk, he got thrown out on a very bad decision to try to take third for the final out of the inning but it allowed Johnson to pitch another inning and it set up...

Chris Coghlan:1-1, R, RBI -  ... this guy's pinch hit homer to lead off the 8th, the first pinch hit of his career. Coghlan has seven hits and two homers in his last six games.

Dan Uggla: 0-4, K - Last year, he was 16.6 runs above average against the fastball and 24.4 runs above average overall. In the 3rd, he ran the count to 3-1, knew it was coming, got it right down the middle... and popped out. This year, he's down to a career worst 10.6 runs above average against the fastball. Overall, he's posted just a 3.6 runs above average. He's hitting just .219 with RISP and just .196 with RISP and two outs. He's begging the front office for a change of scenery before his contract expires and with Gaby Sanchez up to fill a spot at either first or third, he could get it in return for a decent prospect haul based on the fact that he just made $5 million in arbitration.

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