Marlins Today

August 6, 2009 8:14 PM

Game #107: Marlins @ Nationals

Nationals Park - 7:10 PM - Rick VandenHurk vs John Lannan


When trailing or when tied in their last 10 games, the Marlins have hit a team .287 with a .350 OBP. That success continued on Wednesday night as they posted double digit hits while in the hole. However, they fell a run short of covering up a four inning, five run start by Rick VandenHurk and lost a series to the Nationals for the first time since September of 2006.

Rick VandenHurk: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K - Didn't look good command wise from the start and against a team that was hitting .287 in their last five coming in, that's not a good omen. After giving up back-to-back homers in the Nationals' 1st, a .304/.374/.442/.816 inning for them, he began loading the bases in what wound up being a 30 pitch 2nd by hitting Nyjer Morgan on a 0-2 count and allowing a steal before giving up a run. He put Morgan on again with two outs in the 4th and allowed him to come around to score again on a Cristian Guzman triple. This is the VandenHurk we've all come to know. Before his last two starts, he had a 1.5 hr/9, nearly half a homer above league average, even though 77% of his starts came in parks that have a ~100 batting park factor. Considering the Marlins have nobody worthy of a callup in the minors and that they're already without a fifth starter, VandenHurk is going to be a huge factor in their playoff hopes so he'll need to rebound quickly. However, after tonight's showing against the twelfth best hitting team in the league, I don't like his chances. Two of his next three starts come against the seventh and eleventh best hitting teams in the league.

Dan Uggla: 2-3, R, 3 RBI, BB - Answered right back with a homer of his own in the 2nd, walked in the 3rd to load the bases, and knocked in two to get the Marlins within one with an RBI single in the 7th. The homer was his 20th of the season which makes him the first player in franchise history to hit as many in each of his first three seasons. His .793 OPS is as high as it's been since June 10 and his .232 average is as high as it's been all year. In his last nine games, he's hitting .333 and OBPing .500.

Chris Coghlan: 2-5, R - Singled to lead off the 5th and came around to score the Marlins' second run. He also led of the 7th with a base hit. Coghlan's August is off to a 9-19 start with each of his four games being multi-hit performances.

Nick Johnson: 1-4, R, BB - Walked and singled. In his last 18 games, he's OBPing .429. As a Marlin, he has walked in every game and has a .556 OBP.

Renyel Pinto: 0.2 IP, H, BB, K - Walked the leadoff hitter and gave up a single, putting runners at the corners. He got the second out thanks to a great play by Jorge Cantu before being pulled. In his last eight games, all high leverage situations, pinto has a 2.17 whip. Convinced yet, Fredi?

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