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Carlos Zambrano yields seven runs, leaves with stiff back

Jun 9, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

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Marlins righty Carlos Zambrano entered Saturday’s start against the Rays with a superb 2.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. By the time his 2 1/3 innings were done, his ERA was 3.55 and his WHIP was 1.18.

Big Z surrendered seven earned runs on five hits and three walks to Tampa Bay before exiting in the third inning with stiffness in his lower back.

Beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says Zambrano was wearing an ice pack in the clubhouse at Marlins Park before he took the mound, so perhaps the Fish should have seen this one coming. And it’s safe to wonder whether they’ll now be forced to place the 31-year-old starter on the 15-day disabled list.

Zambrano missed a little over two weeks last season with the Cubs because of back discomfort.

  1. natsattack - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    7 runs?
    He was probably too calm.

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      If he was, his calmness was matched only by the inexcusable nonchalance with the Feesh, now in the midst of a five game schneid, played the rest of the game, seeming, really, not to give a baby’s damn about fouling their diapers. A corpse full of maggots shows more life than they did tonight. Welcome to this June, just like last June. More tomorrow. I’m going to a Heat party.

  2. jlovenotjlo - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    “…with a superb 2.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. By the time his 2 1/3 innings were done, his ERA was 3.55 and his WHIP was 1.18.

    His WHIP is 1.18 now, so I assume it was lower before this tough outing?

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      That’s the way it usually works, isn’t it? Assuming the stat guys got their new numbers put up in time, I mean. Drew grew up in the age of Texas Instruments so I doubt if he ever learned to count on his fingers like us old guys.

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