Nolasco Delivers Solid Outing As Fish Sweep Padres

Alex KerstetterContributor IJuly 22, 2009

Sand Diego—Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 and 1/3 scoreless innings on his way to recording his seventh win of the season in a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. Nolasco struck out 10 batters while only giving up three walks and two hits.

The Marlins offense came through with fvie runs off of Padres starter Josh Geer and the Padre bullpen.

Jeremy Hermida accounted for the first Marlins' run with a solo shot to right field in the top of the second.  Dan Uggla drove in Hanley Ramirez from third with a sharp single to center during the top of the sixth inning.

To begin the bottom of the seventh, Nolasco walked Adrian Gonzalez.  After striking out Kevin Kouzmanoff, he allowed a hit to Drew Macias and a walk to Kyle Blanks.

Brendan Donnelly was then called in from the bullpen to face Luis Rodriguez with the bases loaded.  Rodriguez then subsequnetly popped out to Ramirez at short. 

Donnelly then faced lefty Chase Headley who forced a 3-2 count before Donnelly delivered a strike on the inside half of the plate for the called third strike to end the inning. 

The Marlins added another run during the top of the eighth after Chris Coghlan crossed the plate as a result of a throwing error by shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Donnelly then got a double play in the bottom of the eighth off of the bat of Cabrera.  Renyel Pinto came in from the bullpen to relieve Donnelly and was successful in getting the final out of the inning via popout by Gonzalez.

Coghlan added two more runs with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth off of Heath Bell to extend the Marlins' advantage. 

Kiki Calero relieved Pinto during the bottom half and was sucessful in getting the frst two outs before he walked Blanks. Blanks then went to second on a fielders indifference.  Pinto then got a foul pop-up off the bat Rodriguez for the final out of the game.

The Marlins move on with their west coast trip to take on the NL-best Dodgers this Friday. They gained a game on the NL East leading Phillies bringing the total to six games back. They are 3.5 GB from Colorado in the wild card.