Monday, July 13, 2009
Overview: It was another below average road trip to the west for the Marlins, as they dropped two of three in San Francisco and split a four game set in Arizona to finish the week 3-4.
Positives: A strong outing (complete game shutout) from Chris Volstad helped avoid being swept by the Giants. The team also tied the franchise record for largest comeback victory on Thursday, trailing the Diamondbacks 7-0 but rallying for a 14-7 win. In that game posted there first ever double digit run scoring inning (10 in the 8th).
Negatives: The rest of the starting pitching was not good. Sean West had a bad outing and has bent sent back to the minors. Also the club's offense was absent on a few nights including being shut out twice. Dan Haren I can understand, Barry Zito though can't happen.
Highlight of the Week: It has to be the biggest inning in team history, with a special nod to the decisive blow, the Brett Carroll home run that took us from 7-5 down to 8-7 ahead.
Line of the Week: Another great pitching line, this time from someone other than Josh Johnson. It is the aformentioned Chris Volstad performance.
W, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Looking Ahead: Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson are headed to St. Louis for the All-Star game on Tuesday while the rest of the team relaxes before a rather crucial four game set against the Phillies in Miami, beginning on Thursday.