Ricky Nolasco Finds Money In His Glove

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slot.JPGThe Marlins' Ricky Nolasco has had a fine sophomore season, and hit a new peak last night with his complete game, 2 hit ruby against the Giants. Kid kept his pitch count to a measly 110 thanks to a mere 32 balls thrown. But platitudes from handsome bloggers aren't his only reward for the outing. No, Nolasco got that most traditional of prizes: Cold Hard Cash.

Ricky Nolasco won a pot of cash for his first career complete game - thanks to the Marlins' nearly two-year drought without a pitcher going the distance.

Nolasco pitched a two-hitter for his first shutout and drove in two runs with his first double, leading the Marlins past the San Francisco Giants 6-0 on Tuesday night.

His reward: the money that had been accumulating in Florida's complete-game pool started some time after Anibal Sanchez pitched the last such game on Sept. 16, 2006, a major league-record 301 games ago.

"We've been reminded of the streak all the time. You just can't think about it," Nolasco said. "You have to go out and give your team the best chance to win."

It's no secret that the Marlins trot out lots and lots of young pitchers, so it's probably not an entirely bad thing that they haven't had a guy throw a complete game in awhile. I'm not a believer in the vaunted "Pitcher Abuse Points" as a surefire doom forecast, but there's obvious common sense in not overworking a young arm.

Nolasco, specifically, came out of camp last year with a weak arm but has been building that strength all season. The guys at FishStripes had a bit of a conniption when he threw 135 pitches in a near complete game earlier in the season.

But as far as yesterday, Nolasco's 110 throw night can't be looked at as anything but a positive. He cruised and as he told me on the phone this morning,* "I'm just making that paper stack, bitch."

*I have never interviewed Ricky Nolasco

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Nolasco, specifically, came out of camp last year with a weak arm

He got Girardied.

Ted DiBiase was on hand, and had this to offer:

"Everybody has a price!"

Sadly, it was Jeffrey Loria running the pot so Nolasco took home $31.10 and a few small clumps of pocket lint.

CTC gets 19,000 T.A.P.'s (truthiness abuse points) for that Nolasco interview ruse.

Nolasco sounds like a NYC neighborhood that used to be full of crack dens but is now full of breastfeeding moms and restaurants with excellent charcuterie.

some time after Anibal Sanchez pitched the last such game on Sept. 16, 2006

some time after Anibal Sanchez pitched the last such game on Sept. 16, 2006

Sanchez has since spent his winning on a mounting pile of medical bills. And Chick-Fil-A.

The quote was so good, I posted it again for the italics-impaired.

Side note, Sanchez' CG was only 10 days fater his no-no, which means that until last night, the Marlins' pentuiltimate complete game was a no-hitter. That must be some sort of interesting fact that an intelligent person could analyze. Me, on the other hand, ummm, CHICKEN NUGGETS!!!!

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