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The Scoreless Streak Ends! But, Um, So Do Our Post-Season Hopes.

bats alive.jpgIt took a starting pitcher to end the Marlins’ streak of scoreless innings at 22, but the bats finally came out of hibernation Tuesday night at Turner Field.  

In the second inning Josh Johnson said, “enough of this scoreless business,” and did what the Fish have struggled to do the last few games: he hit with a runner in scoring position. (!) 
Johnson drove in his 10th run of the season, doubling off of Braves starter Tim Hudson, and opened the proverbial floodgates for the Marlins. Dan Uggla, who also doubled and scored a run in the second, followed with a solo shot in the fourth inning, and Cameron Maybin added a 2-run homer in the fifth to give the Marlins a 4-1 lead. (OK, so the floodgates were more cracked slightly than fully opened. But we’ll take it.)
Still not 100% recovered from the flu, Josh worked five solid innings for the Fish. He had to work his way out of some trouble, but JJ allowed just one run on three hits to the Braves, and struck out five. With the start, JJ also surpassed 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career, and left the game with a 4-1 lead, in line for the win.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brian Sanches erased the decision for Josh when he gave up a three-run shot to Matt Diaz that tied up the game.  
The good news is that Jorge Cantu decided to continue the all-new trend of driving in runs rather than leaving them on base, and reclaimed the lead for the Marlins in the seventh when he hit an RBI single to score [the clear choice for NL Rookie of the Year] Chris Coghlan. Cogs was 3-for-4 in the game with a pair of doubles, a pair of runs, and his 46th hit in the month of September, which established a new team record. 
Leo Nunez capped off the game with his 25th save of the season, and the Marlins took game two of the series. 
And now for the bad news. The Rockies declined to be of any help to the Fish, and selfishly came back to win their game against the Brewers in extra innings, thus eliminating the Marlins from Wild Card contention.

“Do you think there’s a chance your mom won’t love you anymore when she sees how badly you’re getting beaten right now?”

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I’m not sure exactly what it was. His 7.77 ERA? The fact that Fredi would feel more comfortable having a Mermaid pitch in a pressure situation than him? I guess it could have been those three bases-loaded walks he issued Wednesday night, including one to pitcher Braden Looper. Or, you know, the fact that he doesn’t seem to have the ability to record outs– something that a large percentage of teams prefer for a pitcher to do.

Whatever it was, consider the camel’s back broken. After the inning from hell last night against the Brew Crew, Hayden Penn has been DFA’d. Peace out, Penn. Good luck.

RHP Aniburke Sanchenhop

aniburke sanchenhop rhp.jpgIs it me, or does it seem as though the Marlins’ bats enjoy going into a collective coma whenever we get a quality performance from a starter (see: Friday and Sunday vs. Mets)? And when a starter decides to have a dismal performance on the mound *cough* Miller&Sanchez *cough*, the wood springs to life like an ADHD-afflicted six-year-old who has just ingested several bottles of 5-hour energy. 

OK, maybe that doesn’t happen every time, but it feels like it. Last night was a case in point, as Ani Sanchez could barely manage three innings, and the Fish scored 10 runs. Dan Uggla connected on his 100th home run, making MLB history as the fastest second baseman to reach that milestone. Cody Ross blasted his second grand salami of the season. Even Brettley Carroll got in on the action, going 2-for-4 and capitalizing on a rare opportunity to start in RF.
Then again, half of the runs scored in last night’s game came after the second starter of the night took the mound. Burke Badenhop tossed five scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk to the Brew Crew. The Hopper and his terrific start–er, relief appearance were definitely one of the highlights in a game chock full of them. After his performance last night, I heard several references to Burke as the “unsung hero” of the pitching staff. Um, clearly you haven’t been reading HLD&S, people. We’ve been singing at the top of our lungs for quite some time. Call it Hopper: The Musical. Our throats hurt. 
If Badenhop will be called on to put in the equivalent of a quality start whenever Sanchez or Miller pitches, I guess I no longer need to worry about campaigning for his spot in the rotation (although it might be fun to see Sanchy sent to the ‘pen to “battle through” a couple innings after the Hopper takes care of business through five or six). From here on out I don’t think we should look at it as long relief. Let’s just call it “starter by committee.” 
Fun fact: No one on the Marlins pitching staff has more wins this season than Burke Badenhop. True story.