1. Josh Johnson was solid: This could have been one of the best games Josh Johnson has pitched all year long in a loss. Although he picked up his 10th loss of the season, Johnson lasted seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked four. Johnson’s pitching showed that he has gotten back to form although he’s picked up double-digit losses.
2. John Buck homers: Catcher John Buck has batted a measly .188 this season and could have his job taken away from him by backup Rob Brantly, who was acquired in the Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante trade to the Detroit Tigers. In the fourth inning, Buck put the Marlins up by two with his ninth home run of the season. It was Buck’s only hit.
3. Road trip continues Monday: The Marlins will continue on their West Coast road trip Monday when they begin a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mark Buehrle (10-11, 3.74 ERA) will be facing Joe Saunders (6-9, 3.70 ERA) in game one. The Marlins currently are sitting at 55-67 and are bringing up the rear in the National League East. A disappointing season to say the least.
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