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August 23, 2009 6:53 PM

Game #124: Marlins @ Braves

Turner Field - 7:30 PM - Chris Volstad vs Tommy Hanson


After Anibal Sanchez did it on Friday, Saturday night was the Braves' turn to flirt with a no-hitter. Tommy Hanson took one into the 5th and eventually went 7 before the bullpen finished things, making a four run 1st inning against Chris Volstad stand up as the Braves took the second game of a three game series, 4-3.

Chris Volstad: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K - Started giving up homers early in the 1st inning, giving up one to the first hitter he faced, Omar Infante and didn't stop. In between a walk and an Adam LaRoche RBI single, he gave up another two run shot to Yunel Escobar. When Volstad has given up a homer within the first three innings, he goes on to give up an average of five runs so the way he was able to settle in, get 10 of his last 12, and stay under that mark was encouraging. However, the disturbance of this long ball habit volstad has picked up more than overrides that. Volstad is a ground ball pitcher that is at his best when he keeps the ball down. However, in his last three starts, only 13% of his pitches have wound up in the bottom most quarter of the strikezone. Because of this, he's given up as many hits as he's gotten ground ball outs. Perhaps his fabulous rookie year got him overconfident, made him think any pitch he throws is going to do the job, and as a result is suffering through a sophomore slump. Thanks the nine runs of support he had been getting in the second half, his outings haven't been hurting the team as he hadn't lost since his first start back from the All-Star break. Today, in a big game, as he got a regular number of run support, that started. If this continues down the stretch and the Marlins miss out on the playoffs, Volstad will likely shoulder a lot of the blame.

Jeremy Hermida: 2-3, R, K - Broke up a no hitter with a single back up the middle and kickstarted a three run inning then later on doubled to left. Is Hermida's great month just another one of his patented hot streaks before he goes cold again? He's given us no reason to believe it's not. But with every day that he keeps swinging a great bat, there's fresh hope.

Renyel Pinto: 0.2 IP, BB, K - Came in with men on first and second, got Kelly Johnson to ground into a force out putting runners at the corners, pitched around Chipper Jones, and after getting behind 3-1 to LaRoche, saved his best two pitches for last, getting him to K to end the inning on a fastball/changeup combo. Maybe he's finally getting the hang of this high leverage thing.

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