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August 15, 2009 1:14 AM

Game #115: Marlins vs Astros

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Sean West vs Mike Hampton

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We now know why Marlins' starters who had been dominant going into their last starts struggled in them: they injected all their dominance into Sean West. The offense rewarded him by being it's usual recent self, recording double digit hits for a tenth straight game and the Marlins took the series from the Astros with a 9-2 win.

Sean West: 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 K - Gave up less than a hit per inning until he got into the most trouble he'd get in all night, putting three men in scoring position but limiting the damage to just a sole run and getting out of it with the lead intact. He gave the Marlins six innings and if his spot didn't come up in the bottom of it, could've gone 7, proving that he belongs and extending Anibal Sanchez's stay in the minors. If West struggled tonight, with Sanchez pitching very well in the minors, he was likely New Orleans bound. West did give up some hard hit balls and get some bailouts from his defense, namely on a great Cody Ross grab that otherwise would've plated two runs but as a flyball pitcher, you have to expect some extra base hits. West is slowly but surely starting to show signs of improvement. He hasn't given up any homers in his last three starts and didn't walk anybody tonight. As long as he continues to do so, I don't have a problem with him sticking around as a back of the rotation starter. However, as mentioned, his improvement has been gradual. As the Marlins stare at a playoff run, if he follows this good start up with two or three sub five inning starts as he has been prone to do this year, he may need to go back down.

Jorge Cantu: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI - Two run homer in the 1st and added a single in the 6th. After only recording three hits in his first seven August games, Cantu is starting to get back in stride. He's working on a five game hit streak with RBIs in three of them.

Emilio Bonifacio: 2-4, R, RBI - Hit the ball on the ground in all four of his ABs and drove in a run. He also stole his 20th base. On top of that, he continued to play a respectable center field. Since going to the bench, Bonifacio has three hits and two walks in seven ABs and hasn't made any errors. When he has started over that span, he's gotten on base at least once in every game.

Chris Leroux: IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB - Was called up today and got the 9th. He has no business in the majors as he proved by giving up a lead-off double, an RBI single, and two walks and almost making Fredi dip deeper into the pen before finally ending the game. If he stays up, he'll be limited to mop up duties until Burke Badenhop is eligible to come off the DL.

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