Marlins Today

August 11, 2009 2:20 AM

Game #111: Marlins @ Phillies

Citizens Bank Park - 3:35 PM - Josh Johnson vs Jamie Moyer


A good start by Josh Johnson was backed by a huge day by Chris Coghlan. Both together along with a huge six run 6th inning allowed the Marlins to easily sweep the world champs and get back to within four games of the division lead.

Josh Johnson: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 K - Wasn't sharp at the start, needing the help of a Jeremy Hermida leaping catch at the wall to get out of the 1st. a cheap run scored on the play, coming in before Hermida could make the catch. Johnson settled in after that and was his usual self as he got 15 of his next 16. For a second straight outing, he looked like he was on his way to his third complete game as he only had to throw 64 pitches through five. However, in the 6th, he allowed a one out single and with two outs allowed the runner got to third. A good sliding play by Emilio Bonifacio on a Chase Utley grounder saved Johnson a run but a bad throw to first forced him to throw to an extra batter and ran his pitch count up past 80, ruining any chance of the CG. With those hopes dashed and his spot in the order coming up in the next inning, Johnson's day ended there. How do you measure this outing? Only three complete games have been thrown by away pitchers in Citizens Bank Park's five year history. Two of them were rain shortened games and one was an eight inning loss. Without the bad inning, Johnson could have been the first visiting pitcher to throw a nine inning complete game there.

Wes Helms: 2-6, R, 3 RBI - Gave the Marlins the lead with an RBI blooper. It marked the sixth time in his last seven starts that he's hit safely. Over that span, he's gone 9-21 with six RBIs.

Cody Ross: 3-6, R, RBI - What would a high leverage situation be without this guy getting an RBI? He made it 3-1 with an RBI single of his own. His .24 clutch rating is fifth best amongst NL center fielders.

Chris Coghlan: 4-6, 2 R, 2 RBI - Set a Marlins record for most games with multiple hits with his eighth straight in the 6th. Just for fun, he added another single that, with the help of an error, cleared the bases in the 7th to break the game open. The all-time record was set at 13 games in 1923 by Rogers Hornsby. The record would really support his argument for Rookie of the Year but even if he doesn't get it, the streak, wherever it ends, will have at least put his name back into contention. The .500/.537/.711/1.247 stretch has brought his seasonal line from .252/.337/.370/.707 up to .285/.362/.415/.778, allowed him to surpass Dexter Fowler and sneak up on Andrew McCutcheon, his only every day competition, and get within striking distance of platooners Casey McGehee and Jake Fox.

Hanley Ramirez: Singled twice and in the 7th, drilled his 32nd double to center, driving in two runs. After a 3-17 dry spell, Hanley has gone 11 for his last 25.

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