Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The Marlins were in a tough spot last night, trailing 4-2 in the 6th inning, that is until the Brewers made a pitching change and taking the mound was the illustrious Jorge Julio. Of course we all know Julio from his brief stint as a Marlin in 2007. Let's just say that his time here was so bad that he doesn't warrant his own Marlins Diaspora post, even in jest. He appeared in ten games and racked up an ERA of 12.541 while blowing many saves/games. Back to last night, I think we could all see what was coming, especially after the first couple of hitters.
Cody Ross: Single
Brett Hayes: HBP on first pitch
Chris Coghlan: Walk
Emilio Bonifacio: Reached via error by Prince Fielder
Hanley Ramirez: Infield single
Jorge Cantu: HBP on first pitch
Final tally for Julio, 6 batters faced, 20 pitches thrown, 0 outs recorded, 5 runs allowed. That's great. Now if things stay true to form, this should propel the Fish to a sweep of this four game set (I'd accept three out of four though).
Bonus Thought: Thanks to Leo Nunez and Matt Lindstrom for refraining from Alfonseca-save performances.
1He also amassed an astonishing 3.107 WHIP for that time.
12:17 Update: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that those were Jorge Julio's final pitches for the Brewers as he has been released. The winner for money quote of the article is the following,
"I'm guessing the Brewers like the fact that Burns throws strikes, something Julio had trouble doing."Yes, throwing strikes is a key component of being a successful pitcher.