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August 6, 2009 12:18 AM

Game #106: Marlins @ Nationals

Nationals Park - 7:05 PM - Josh Johnson vs J.D. Martin

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After one of their best wins of the season on Sunday, the Marlins suffered one of their worst losses of the season on Tuesday night in Washington DC, giving up 6 runs in the 8th, blowing a four run lead and dropping the opener of a three game series to the Nationals.

Jeremy Hermida: 1-5, RBI, 2 K - Struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded and one out in the 1st, grounded out with two on and two out in the 3rd and struck out in the same situation in the 5th before finally coming through in it on his third chance in the 7th, knocking in Nick Johnson from third off a lefty of all things which he came in hitting at just a .194 clip. Hermida hasn't necessarily been a ray of sunshine this year but in his last 11 games, he's hitting .333 with six RBIs. Over that span, he has hit safely in all but one game.

Nick Johnson: 2-4, R, RBI, BB - Gave his team a run on an RBI single following a Chris Coghlan triple in the 1st, his second RBI in three games but cost the Marlins a run two batters later, nearly getting caught between third and home on a Jorge Cantu blooper. Unlike Hermida, Johnson has been a ray of sunshine at the plate since arriving, especially since he replaced the hailstorm-like Emilio Bonifacio in the two hole but he's been a bit of a liability on the basepaths, getting caught stealing twice before his mistake tonight.

Dan Uggla: 1-1, 4 BB - Singled and walked a career high four times. Uggla has been on base in 22 of his last 59 PAs (.373 OBP).

Josh Johnson: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 9 K - Had a bit of a lengthy 1st, giving up two hits and a long fly ball on 21 pitches. the 1st has been a bit of an adventure for JJ recently as he's allowed 9 hits in his last eight opening frames. However, he's only allowed one run in that octet and discounting tonight's decision, is 6-1 over that span. Not a bad trade off. Following the two hit first, Johnson came back to set down his next 20 in order. At just 82 pitches entering the 8th, it looked like Johnson was on his way to his third complete game. However, those hopes and all of his previous dominance was voided by a four run game tying Washington 8th. After loading the bases on a trio of singles with no outs, Ronnie Belliard knocked in two with a double and, after Johnson's removal, came around to score the tying run on a Cristian Guzman single. All the runs were charged to JJ. The no decision was a heartbreaking one for Johnson. It was his first non-quality start in a full game this year.

Cody Ross: 1-4, R, RBI, K - Another homer in a high leverage situation in the 4th. Amongst NL outfielders who have at least 50 ABs in them, Cody ranks fourth in the NL east behind guys like Adam Dunn, Raul Ibanez, and Shane Victorino. In the entire NL, he ranks ninth behind guys like Justin Upton, Randy Winn, and Ryan Braun. Not bad company.

Dan Meyer: 0.1 IP, H, ER - Bottom 8, bases loaded, no outs, relief pitcher needed, two righties and a lefty due up. This guy has a .160 BAA against RHBs and a .140/.200/.200/.400 in high leverage situations. Fredi Gonzalez goes to Renyel Pinto, a team worst .257/.426/.343/.768 line against in high leverage situations for one batter. After an RBI groundout, he goes to Kiko Calero, a .165 BAA vs two righties. After a single and a popout, Fredi finally went to Meyer, throwing him right into the fire against a lefty which hit him better. And it wasn't just any lefty. It was Adam Dunn, the Nationals' best hitter and the only guy on the team that had a hit against Meyer coming into the game. Meyer couldn't have been inserted in much worse a spot. He gave up the game deciding two run homer. In his last 11 games, Meyer has faced a grand total of one right handed bat and has only had one of his outings last a full inning. Either Gonzalez hates Meyer, who was one of the best two way relievers in the league in the first half, with an unbridled passion or he is just that obsessed with having a LOOGY in his bullpen. If the latter is the case, sign an Arthur Rhodes type free agent and let him go nuts.

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