Josh Johnson's Near No-No:
The Marlins ace lived up to the billing once again with 7.1 shutout innings on one hit, walking three and striking out nine. Johnson took a no-hitter into the eighth and received the first out in the inning before Freddie Freeman's double down the third-base line broke it up.
The big right-hander induced nine ground balls to two fly balls and two line drives. Pitch count became a factor in the later innings as he reached 105 at the end of his outing, but Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez was sticking with Johnson. Three walks helped lead to the high count, but none of the three reached second base.
Johnson threw his sinking fastball 50% of the time, averaging 93 MPH and touching 95. He kept it over the plate but down in the zone for the most part, resulting in the high number of grounders. But his slider was the most effective, receiving 12 swinging strikes on the 30 sliders thrown. As you can see from the zone graphic below, he spotted his slider better than any pitch, keeping it low and away to righties consistently. It's no wonder seven of his nine strikeouts came on the pitch.
(Courtesy of Brooks Baseball)
Stat of the Day:
Logan Morrison's home run was the first by any current Marlin off Tim Hudson.
Chipper Jones recorded his 1,500th RBI via a solo homer in the ninth. He is 51st all time, nine behind Mickey Mantle.
(FLA) Josh Johnson: .203 (pitching)
(FLA) Chris Coghlan: .145
(FLA) Josh Johnson: .074 (hitting)
(ATL) Tim Hudson: -.284
(FLA) Mike Stanton: -.058
(ATL) Martin Prado: -.041
The Game Changer:
Chris Coghlan's two-run single in the second inning put the Marlins ahead, 4-0, worth .089 WPA.
Courtesy of FanGraphs: