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Steve Sparks(2-3, 4.98) against Brad Penny(4-2, 2.17)

 

On television:

Marlins station: FOX

 

On radio:

Marlins station: Sports radio/WQAM 560 AM; WQBA 1140 AM Spanish

 

On Webcast:

Mr Awesome, KJC, and Co...

 

Jimmah's prediction: Penny goes atleast 7, and the offense is supplied by Choi and Lowell. Fish win.

 

 

STEVE SPARKS CAREER VS. MARLINS

 

 

Pitcher

G

GS

CG

ShO

IP

H

R

 

ER

HR

BB

K

W

L

Hd

S

BS

 

ERA

 

 

Steve Sparks

1

1

0

0

6.1

11

 

4

4

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

 

0

5.68

 

 

 

MARLINS BATTERS CAREER VS. STEVE SPARKS

 

Batter

PA

AB

H

 

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

TB

 

DP

SLG

OBP

OPS

AVG

 

 

Luis Castillo

4

4

 

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

0

.500

.500

1.000

.500

 

 

Mike Lowell

4

 

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

2

0

.500

.250

.750

.250

 

 

Jeff Conine

 

12

9

2

0

0

1

3

0

0

 

2

2

5

0

.556

.333

.889

.222

 

 

 

Damion Easley

16

15

3

0

0

0

2

 

0

0

0

1

3

1

.200

.188

.388

 

.200

 

 

Wil Cordero

12

10

2

0

0

0

 

1

0

0

1

3

2

0

.200

.250

 

.450

.200

 

 

Admin Sutton

8

7

1

0

0

 

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

.143

 

.250

.393

.143

 

 

Mike Redmond

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Juan Pierre

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Abraham Nunez

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Mike Mordecai

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Lenny Harris

 

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

 

Alex Gonzalez

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

 

.000

 

 

Hee Seop Choi

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

 

.000

.000

 

 

Ramon Castro

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

 

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Miguel Cabrera

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

 

BRAD PENNY CAREER VS. DIAMONDBACKS

 

Pitcher

G

 

GS

CG

ShO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

 

K

W

L

Hd

S

BS

ERA

 

 

Brad Penny

 

5

5

0

0

35.2

25

6

6

3

 

5

26

2

0

0

0

0

1.51

 

 

 

 

DIAMONDBACKS BATTERS CAREER VS. BRAD PENNY

 

Batter

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

 

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

TB

DP

SLG

 

OBP

OPS

AVG

 

 

Carlos Baerga

3

2

1

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

.500

.667

1.167

.500

 

 

Richie Sexson

9

9

4

 

1

0

1

3

0

0

0

3

8

 

0

.889

.444

1.333

.444

 

 

Brent Mayne

3

3

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

2

.333

.333

.667

.333

 

 

Greg Colbrunn

3

 

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

1

0

.333

.333

.667

.333

 

 

Roberto Alomar

 

11

9

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

1

1

3

1

.333

.400

.733

.333

 

 

 

Danny Bautista

9

9

2

0

1

0

0

 

0

0

0

1

4

0

.444

.222

.667

 

.222

 

 

Steve Finley

16

16

3

0

0

1

 

2

0

0

0

0

6

2

.375

.188

 

.563

.188

 

 

Luis Gonzalez

15

13

2

1

0

 

0

0

0

0

1

3

3

0

.231

 

.267

.497

.154

 

 

Chad Tracy

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Donnie Sadler

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Matt Kata

3

3

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Shea Hillenbrand

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

Robby Hammock

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

 

 

 

Scott Hairston

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

 

.000

 

 

Doug DeVore

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

 

.000

.000

 

 

Alex Cintron

3

3

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

 

.000

.000

.000

 

 

c/o espn.com

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Diamondbacks at Marlins

The Diamondbacks are trying to ride the back of Randy Johnson's perfect game to make up ground in the NL West. With the Dodgers slumping, Arizona hopes to take advantage, especially if the Big Unit's gem rubs off on the other hurlers.

 

The D-Backs have missed the presence of Richie Sexson's big bat (nine home runs in just 21 games) the last few weeks and need his home-run power if they're going to challenge for a division title.

 

 

Steve Finley has been on a tear for Arizona.

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

 

Ageless veteran Steve Finley has picked up the slack with a hot streak that has propelled him up among the home-run leaders with 13 and Luis Gonzalez, despite a painful shoulder that will eventually require surgery, remains dangerous with the bat, as his 12 homers attest. Young Chad Tracy has recently taken over from Shea Hillenbrand at third and is currently hitting .317 in 26 games. Tracy has been projected as a perennial .300 hitter as well as a Rookie of the Year candidate.

 

Knuckleballer Steve Sparks (2-3, 4.98 ERA) gets the call Saturday. The interesting thing about Sparks is that he throws a hard knuckleball. It comes over in the mid-70 mph range. By contrast, Tim Wakefield's knuckler arrives in the low 60s. When Sparks and his flutterball are on, he's hard to hit.

 

As for the Marlins, they still feel they can win despite the loss of some key players (Pudge Rodriguez, Derrek Lee, Braden Looper) from last year's championship team.

 

Miguel Cabrera (.278, 11, 28) is now a permanent fixture in the heart of the lineup, and Hee Seop Choi has done a solid job at first since coming over from the Cubs and is hitting for power (10 homers). All-Star Mike Lowell (.349, 13, 29) remains one of the steadiest in the game at third and has a powerful bat. And, of course, Juan Pierre (.333, 11 steals) sets the tone at the top of the lineup and creates havoc for opposing pitchers and managers.

 

The Marlins still have a core of fine young pitchers and Saturday's starter, Brad Penny (4-2, 2.17 ERA) has been the best of the bunch so far. Teammate Dontrelle Willis told me Penny is throwing better than anyone this year. He has a good power fastball a sharp breaking curve. When the starter goes deep into the game, the Marlins bring in closer Armando Benitez, who has resurrected his career with 16 saves and a sparkling, 0.37 ERA.

 

Saturday is just the start. It looks to be a great season and MLB on FOX is glad to be back.

 

 

Courtesy of FOXSports.com

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Yahoo! Sports Game Preview

On a pitching staff with several young stars, Brad Penny has been the Florida Marlins' most consistent starter over the season's first two months.

 

Penny will try to help the Marlins win their third straight when they meet the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of their four-game set.

 

Penny has won four of his past five decisions. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his eight outings this season.

 

The 25-year-old right-hander gave up one run and five hits over six innings Sunday in a 3-2 win over St. Louis.

 

The Marlins, who won 6-5 in Friday's series opener, improved to 2-2 with three games remaining on their homestand.

 

Mike Redmond drew a bases-loaded walk in the off Arizona reliever Brian Bruney in the 10th inning Friday to seal the win. Florida had trailed 3-0 after two innings.

 

``I was going to make him throw a strike,'' Redmond said. ``It was a rough start, but we battled back. We'll take the win.''

 

Armando Benitez, who walked three in a scoreless 10th, earned the victory.

 

``The last couple of days we've had men on base, things are happening,'' Florida manager Jack McKeon said. ``We're taking the base on balls, being selective at the plate.''

 

Richie Sexson went 1-for-5 with an RBI single for the Diamondbacks. Activated before the game, Sexson played for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury on April 28.

 

``I think it was a total success,'' Sexson said. ``I went out there and swung at something, waived through it. ... I'm confident everything is fine.''

 

The Diamondbacks have lost seven of nine.

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Mark Grace the announcer today?

 

Isn't he a D'Back announcer? Eh.....

 

P.S. - WHY THE HELL DOES PENNY ALWAYS GET STUCK WITH DAY GAMES?!

 

P.S.S. - Why is it whenever ESPN or Fox does a Marlins game in Miami they always talk about the weather like they've never been to Florida?

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