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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Marlins Complete Sweep In Convincing Fashion


Kenshin Kawakami's second start in a Braves uniform didn't go as well as his first. The Japanese pitcher allowed five runs in six innings, including a three-run shot by the previously-slumping Cody Ross in the Braves' 6-2 loss to the Marlins.

Ross's home run to left field gave the Marlins an early 3-0 lead. It may have been averted if Kelly Johnson hadn't dropped a throw from Yunel Escobar in an attempt to start a double play. Jeff Francoeur had two-out RBI singles in the third and the fifth innings, but the Braves stranded two runners on base in four of the first five innings.

The Marlins added two runs in the fifth with Jeremy Hermida's triple to right-center and Ross's sacrifice fly, his fourth RBI of the game. Florida added a final run off of Jorge Campillo with a triple by Ross Gload and a one-out RBI single by Alfredo Amezaga. The Braves bullpen in total allowed nine runs in ten innings of work in the series. For the Marlins, Anibal Sanchez pitched six innings for the win.

After the game, Campillo was placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis. His replacement will be James Parr.

W - Anibal Sanchez (1-0)
L - Kenshin Kawakami (1-1)
HR - Cody Ross (1)


RF Cody Ross, Florida - 3-3, HR, R, SF, 4 RBI

2B Dan Uggla, Florida - 2-3, 2B, 2 R, BB

P Anibal Sanchez, Florida - 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Photo By John Bazemore

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