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Postseason pitching flashbacks

After more than five decades, Don Larsen finally has company, and baseball has another game for the ages.

beckett.jpgRoy Halladay placed himself in exclusive company on Wednesday by tossing the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history. Halladay and the Phillies blanked the Reds, 4-0, in Game 1 of their NationaL League Division Series.

Before Halladay’s historical performance, Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series stood as the lone no-hitter in MLB postseason history. Standing in the way of perfection for Halladay was a lone walk.

The Marlins can certainly feel the Reds’ pain. On May 29, they were shut down by Halladay, who tossed the 20th perfect game in MLB history that day.

In their history, the Marlins have gone to the postseason twice, and in each year captured the World Series title.

While no Marlin has ever tossed a no-hitter in the playoffs, there have been a few masterful pitching performances.

Florida’s most memorable complete game shutout in the playoffs was turned in by Josh Beckett, when he closed out the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Beckett allowed five hits in a 2-0 victory that day, on his way to winning MVP honors. But an argument can be made that it wasn’t Beckett’s best playoff performance of that season.

In the NL Championship Series against the Cubs, Florida was trailing 3-1 in games heading into Game 5 in Miami. Beckett tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11. That performance set the stage for the Marlins to return to Chicago, where they took care of the Cubs in Games 6 and 7 at Wrigley Field.

The Marlins have had four complete games in their playoff history. Livan Hernandez striking out 15 Braves in the 1997 NLCS also remains one of the top pitching performances ever by a Marlin.

Postseason Marlins’ complete games:

* Josh Beckett, 10/12/03: 2 hits, 0 runs, 11 strikeouts, vs Cubs, NLCS
* Josh Beckett, 10/25/02: 5 hits, 0 runs, 9 strikeouts, vs Yankees, WS
* Kevin Brown, 10/14/97: 11 hits, 4 runs, 8 strikeouts, vs Braves, NLCS
* Livan Hernandez, 10/12/97: 3 hits, 1 run, 15 strikeouts, vs Braves, NLCS

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Nationals Thursday lineups

Winners of three straight, the Marlins go for a sweep at Nationals Park on Thursday night.

Ricky Nolasco gets the nod for Florida, while Washington is going with Livan Hernandez.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Ian Desmond, SS

3) Adam Dunn, 1B

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Michael Morse, RF

6) Adam Kennedy, 2B

7) Ivan Rodriguez, C

8) Willie Harris, LF

9) Livan Hernandez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Coghlan confident numbers will rise

Eclipsing the “Mendoza Line” is only the first step for Chris Coghlan. By no means is it his last step.

For that matter, the level-headed Marlins outfielder isn’t paying much attention right now to the fact he now is batting better than .200. After going 3-for-4 at Washington on Sunday, Coghlan raised his average to .206. It was the first time he finished a game batting higher than .200 since April 10, which was the fourth game of the season.

cogzchris1.jpgAfter batting .321 as a rookie in 2009, Coghlan’s aim at the plate is much higher.

“Hitting .210 or .190 makes no difference to me,” Coghlan said. “I don’t feel any more pumped up or any more down on either one. It’s not where I’m going to be at the end of the year.”

History certainly tells us that Coghlan should finish up in the neighborhood of .300. At every level, he has hit for a high average.

In 1,115 Minor League at-bats, he was a career .298 hitter. The only time in his developmental pro years that he didn’t sniff .300 at a Minor League level was when he hit .200 in 34 games with Class A Jupiter. That same season, he batted .320 at low Class A Greensboro.

Of late, even though Coghlan didn’t have much success in terms of logging hits, he has hit the ball well for a while. On Saturday at Washington, he was robbed of an extra-base hit on a diving catch in right field by Washington’s Willie Harris.

On Sunday, he would have had a fourth hit, if not a quick glove reaction by Nationals’ pitcher Livan Hernandez, who deflected a grounder that went to second, and Coghlan was thrown out.

“I feel the same that I did the last couple of weeks, except some of the balls [on Sunday] went through,” Coghlan said. “You can’t measure your performance all the time on how many hits you get, otherwise you’re going to go crazy with the failures. You fail so many times. I don’t go up there thinking, ‘Oh, if I get two hits, good. If I don’t get two hits, [oh no]. If I did that, I’d go crazy over 600 at-bats.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hit change for Hermida

After further review, Jeremy Hermida has been credited with an RBI single. The reversal was announced on Friday for a play that happened on Tuesday.

In question was a sixth-inning at-bat by Hermida on Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field. Off reliever Bobby Parnell, Hermida hit a hot smash to third that bounced off the chest of New York’s David Wright.

A run scored on the play, and Wright was charged with an error. At the urging of the Marlins, MLB reviewed the play, and decided to overturn the call at the game.

So Hermida was credited with an RBI single. Wright had an error taken away, and the run Hermida drove in was credited to Mets starter Livan Hernandez. Parnell had a hit added to his pitching line.

– Joe Frisaro

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