Nine walks. Repeat. NINE WALKS.
Andrew Miller didn't exactly hasten his return to the Marlins with Friday's 9-walk outing in New Orleans. In fact, the Marlins are already drawing up contingency plans for the fifth spot in the rotation when it becomes necessary -- either on July 31 or Aug. 1.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that if Miller isn't ready to assume the role -- and nine walks suggests that it is going to take more than a couple of starts in the minors for Miller to get his act together -- then the top options become Sean West or a "bullpen start" headed by Burke Badenhop.
Gonzalez said the word on Miller was that he was rushing his delivery. Miller, who lasted 4 2/3 innings,walked the first four batters and threw fewer than 50 percent of his pitches for strikes. He also struck out seven, but nine walks overshadows the K's.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. John Baker, c; 9. Rick VandenHurk, p.
Dodgers: 1. Rafael Furcal, ss; 2. Orlando Hudson, 2b; 3. Manny Ramirez, lf; 4. Andre Ethier, rf; 5. Casey Blake, 3b; 6. James Loney, 1b; 7. Russell Martin, c; 8. Matt Kemp, cf; 9. Hiroki Kuroda, p.