Marlins Today

August 5, 2009 12:18 AM

Game #105: Marlins vs Cubs

Land Shark Stadium - 5:05 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Ryan Dempster


Ryan Dempster's domination of the Marlins continued on Sunday afternoon as he lowered his career ERA to an even 2 against them but fortunately, Kevin Gregg continued being Kevin Gregg. He threw two pitches to two hitters and gave up two homers, the second of which was a Cody Ross walk-off shot in the bottom of the 9th to hand the fish their fourth straight series victory.

Ricky Nolasco: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, BB, 8 K - Was able to stayed composed after giving up a one out triple in the 1st and a two out double in the 2nd but not after being victimized by a horrible full count call with one out in the 3rd. He gave up consecutive singles and an RBI. given that it was a terrible call, you've got to be able to stay within yourself. If he can do so with a guy on third and one out, why can't he do so with a guy on first and one out? Nolasco made up for it though as he went on to set down his last twelve in a row and pitched through the 7th to keep his team in it and to give a huge pick-me-up to the bullpen that had worked 13.2 innings in their last three games. A third straight quality start for Ricky after two terrible ones. On second thought, maybe he doesn't have much of a problem staying composed after all.

Dan Uggla: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, K - Starting to walk again. Uggla had just three walks in his last 11 July games but already has three in August. He also made great contact all series long but he didn't have any hits to show for it. However, I'm sure he'll gladly trade those atom balls for what he did in the 9th, hitting a game tying homer, his 19th of the season. It took a while but it looks like it's all starting to come back together. 

Nick Johnson: 0-3, BB - More like Nick Walkson. Got into two ball counts in three of his five ABs and has gotten into them in seven of his first 10 PAs as a Marlin. We haven't seen this kind of patience since Gary Sheffield.

Cody Ross: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI - Clutch personified. Broke an 0-11 by hitting a game tying solo shot in the 7th and the game winning homer in the 9th. The homers were just his ninth and tenth hits in his last 13 games and 53 ABs, which comes out to a .188 average over that span but seven of those hits came in huge situations, innings in which the Marlins either tie the game or take the lead. In high leverage situations, he's hitting .268/.318/.524/.843, which is 15% better than he does in a neutral environment. He also had two huge sliding catches today that saved likely runs.

Matt Lindstrom: IP, H - Didn't exactly get eased back into a clutch role but was lights out nonetheless. He was missing a few MPH off of his fastball but if anything, that helped him, preventing him from overthrowing. He threw 10 strikes to just 3 balls. Throwing a much more healthy diet of sliders than we've ever seen him throw, Lindstrom tossed a fairly clean 8th. The slider is a great pitch for him. If he can stay away from the same fast is good mindset that Fredi has, he shouldn't have much trouble staying effective. 

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