Long reliever Gaudin working long hours

Long reliever Gaudin working long hours

Long reliever Gaudin working long hours
MIAMI -- As the losses have piled up for the Marlins, so too have Chad Gaudin's innings.

With Miami's starters struggling at times to go deep into games of late, Gaudin has seen his time on the mound increase. After appearing in nine games and pitching 17 2/3 innings during the first two months of the season, the right-handed reliever has made eight appearances out of the bullpen and tossed 18 innings in June.

"He's got more innings than our starters the last couple weeks," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen joked. "That's the way he is. This kid never complains, he goes out there and pitches."

Although the numbers aren't overly impressive in June -- a 7.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts compared to five walks -- Gaudin has saved the Marlins from overusing some of their other relievers and having to reach into the Minors for more bullpen help while the starting rotation has had its troubles.

"Recently they've had some struggles, but that's what I'm there for," Gaudin said. "I'm there to pick them up and keep the team close."

On Friday, Gaudin threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings after Anibal Sanchez was unable to get through the fourth inning against the Blue Jays. Gaudin struck out a pair and walked one, minimizing damage despite allowing two inherited runners to cross the plate in the fourth.

Due to his efforts this month, which include a pair of 4 2/3-inning outings, Gaudin has earned praise as somewhat of an unsung hero for the Marlins by Guillen.

"I'm here to get outs, regardless of when it is, where it is. That's my job," Gaudin said. "I pride myself in making myself available as much as possible."