Marlins Today

August 9, 2009 12:20 AM

Game #109: Marlins @ Phillies

Citizens Bank Park - 7:10 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Joe Blanton


Ricky Nolasco dominated on Friday night, going seven quality innings for a third straight outing and leading the Marlins to a huge 3-2 victory over the divisional leading Phillies.

Nick Johnson: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K - Who says he doesn't have power anymore? Hit his first homer as a Marlin in the 1st. He also added a single later on and walked twice. His .419 OBP is fifth in the league. As a Marlin, he's reached safely in every game.

Dan Uggla: 1-4, RBI, K - Drove in Hanley with an RBI double in the 1st, his eighth RBI in his last 13 games. Uggla is now hitting .235 and OBPing .352, both seasonal highs. Uggla has always been a better first half player but along with his first half slump, he's throwing that reputation out the window. Since the All-Star break, he's OPSing .953.

Ricky Nolasco: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K - After a perfect 1st, he put runners at the corners but only on the basis of pure Philly luck, a bloop single and a playable ground ball to short. He proved it by not allowing a run to score. even though he only had three batters worth of rest, he got back to doing that perfect inning thing in the 3rd and although he only had 11 batters of rest, only went one of the minimum through 6. That streak ended in the 7th when he gave up his first two runs on more Citizens Bank Park luck, a routine fly out anywhere else that barely got over the left field wall 329 away from home plate. After the "homer", he set down his next three in order, making it through seven quality innings for a second straight outing. Since his recall, he has a 2.52 ERA with all but two of his 11 starts being of the three runs or less variety. The win got his record back up above .500 and the two runs got his ERA back under 5 for the first time this year.

Chris Coghlan: 2-5, K - Another night, another multi-hit effort. Even when he strikes out lately, it's turned out well. In the 9th, he struck out on a wild pitch but reached first on a drop third strike. He's been on base more than once in nine of his last eleven games.

Renyel Pinto: IP, 2 BB, K - Put into a one run game at CBP. on top of his terrible high leverage splits which I've documented very well over the past few weeks, he had a career 9.00 ERA at citizen's bank park. One of the hitters he faced was Jayson Werth, who OPSes .264 points better vs lefties. Pinto put him and the next hitter, Utley, on with his tenth and eleventh walks in his last twelve innings to bring Howard to the plate with one out before he somehow got out of the inning without allowing a run. The bottom line is Pinto can be effective when the stars are aligned (he's had good ERAs for the bulk of his career and his numbers in high leverage situations fluctuate) but unless you're an astronomer, which Fredi Gonzalez isn't, you never know when that's going to be. Thus using him over much closer to sure things like Dan Meyer or Kiko Calero with a game on the line isn't giving your team the best chance to win thus Gonzalez is not doing his job to the best of his abilities.

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