ARLINGTON, Texas -- About the only person on the Marlins roster not affected by the June swoon was starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
He came into Friday night's game against the Rangers boasting a 6-1 record, a 2.82 ERA (ninth-best in the National League) and a streak of 14 consecutive starts without a loss. The Rangers smeared that some, pounding Sanchez for seven earned runs on seven hits in his shortest and worst start of the season.
Sanchez's ERA is now 3.30. The seven earned runs were the most Sanchez had given up since losing 7-4 to the Phillies in the second game of a double-header last Sept. 6. Six of those runs Friday came on two out hits.
After getting by the first inning on 18 pitches, Sanchez started the second inning by walking Michael Young. But after striking out Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland, Taylor Teagarden drove an 0-1 fastball into the gap in right, scoring Young all the way from first.
Sanchez then started the third inning by walking Ian Kinsler. After a Josh Hamilton single put runners on the corners with two out, Adrian Beltre made it 2-0 with a line drive single to center. Cruz then delivered the big blow, hammering an 0-2 pitch deep into the seats in right-center field to make it 5-0. Beltre then ended Sanchez's night in the fourth with a bases-loaded, two-out double to right, making it 7-0.
Despite the rough start, I'm still thinking Sanchez earns the invite to the All-Star Game. After all, who else is really worthy?
> After the game the Marlins announced they were placing reliever Ryan Webb on the disabled list with tightness in his throwing shoulder and recalled Brad Hand from Double A Jacksonville to start Saturday.
Hand was optioned to Single A Jupiter on June 20th after going 0-3 with a 3.45 ERA in three starts for the Marlins. He gave up seven earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last start June 27 at Double A Jacksonville.
Webb said his shoulder pain is in a different spot from the last time his shoulder bothered him.
"It's a different spot in my shoulder," said Webb, who battled shoulder tightness earlier this month. "It's in the front this time. It hurts to throw a baseball. Any time that happens you shut it down. That's what I'm doing. I had an MRI after the first time I got sore. I haven't had one since."
> In classic Jack McKeon fashion, the 80-year old manager had a hard time pronouncing Rangers starter Alexi Ogando's name after Friday's game.
"I would sum it up that we were certainly over matched by that pitcher Orango, Durango or Oregano," McKeon said. "He had some good stuff man. We weren't about to touch him. I sat the in the dugout and thought we might witness a no-hitter. That's how good he was. When your down seven or eight runs against that guy, it's best to head to the closest restaurant to go get dinner."