One start after his 300th career win, Randy Johnson faced off against the Marlins on a balmy Monday night. Sean West was entering his 6th career start and was presented with a counterpart that he idolized as a child. To say the least, West was up for the challenge.
West went six no-hit innings and ended his night after eight scoreless innings, only allowing two hits when it was all said and done. The soon-to-be Hall of Famer Johnson finished the night after just five innings and allowed seven hits and three earned runs. It was impressive to see a rookie pitcher out-duel a legendary baseball player.
This could be Sean West's coming out party as he already had shown signs of potential in his previous starts. He will play a big role in the Marlins' final decision for the five-man starting rotation. The longer Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez are off the mound, the greater chance West has to be a solidified starter for the Marlins all season long.
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A flash of memory was temporarily struck for long-time Marlins fans as Edgar Rentaria stepped up to the plate in the 9th inning with two outs left in the game. Leo Nuñez threw him a pitch down the pipe and he shot right back down 2nd base in a moment that resembled the winning play in the 1997 World Series. The only thing wrong was that Renteria was wearing the wrong jersey and Craig Counsell didn't come jumping home in celebration of the Marlins first ever World Series Championship.