Lidge returns to action
The Phillies won their first series since taking two out of three from the Mets in early June by beating the Blue Jays 5-4 in Toronto yesterday.Â Jamie Moyer(6-6) went five innings while giving up four earned runs, but giving up three earned runs in earning the win for the Phils.Â Brian Tallet(5-5) went slightly longer than Jamie Moyer, giving up the same number of earned runs but because of an unearned run, took the loss in this game.Â Brad Lidge worked a shaky ninth inning to get his first save since returning from the disabled list, his 14th of the year.Â The Phillies will take Monday off before heading to Atlanta to take on the Braves on Tuesday.
Rivera joins the elite 500 save club
During the nightcap for Sunday’s games, the Mets were hoping to manage one game in this edition of the Subway Series against the Yankees.Â Unfortunately, mental issues stopped them from doing that early in the game once again.Â Livan Hernandez(5-3) worked seven innings, while only giving up three runs in the first inning of a game in which Daniel Murphy, the young and unexperienced first basemen made another odd play.Â In the first inning, on a ground ball, he decided to throw to third to hope to get a tag down on Jeter rather than taking a sure out at first base which likely made a huge difference in the game.Â Chien-Ming Wang(1-6) got his first win of the year with just over five innings of two run ball, but was not the Wang of old yet.Â Mariano Rivera worked 1.1 innings and got an RBI to earn his first RBI of his career on a bases loaded walk and earn his 500th save of his amazing career.Â The Mets hope that returning to regular National League play this week will allow them to right their ship, check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more information.
Fredi is concerned
The Florida Marlins managed just four hits yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of their three game set and interleague play.Â After a successful week against the Yankees and Orioles, the Marlins could not manage a win versus the defending American League champions.Â David Price(2-2) worked 6.1 innings while only giving up two hits and one run, but five bases on balls to get the win, as Andrew Miller(2-4) gave up all five Rays runs in the same amount of time.Â J.P. Howell who had earned wins in the first two games of this series, got the last two outs of this game on strike outs for his fifth save of the season.Â The Marlins welcome the last place Nationals into Miami this week for a three game set.
Chipper and Garret go yard
Tommy Hanson continues to impress everyone and show that he is the phenom prospect he was supposed to be.Â Hanson(4-0) went six innings of two hit ball to get his fourth win in five starts this season for the Braves.Â The closer revolving door for the Braves let Mike Gonzalez get his ninth save of the year in a 2-1 Braves win with Rafael Soriano getting the hold today.Â The Braves were propelled to victory but two solo home runs by Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson and that’s all the pitching needed.Â Brad Penny(6-3) worked six strong innings only giving up the solo shots in taking the loss.Â The Braves will welcome in the Phillies tomorrow night, check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more information.
The Nats celebrate a win
The Nats were another NL East team which was looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of an AL East team yesterday.Â Like the Braves, the Nationals managed to get the win and avoid the series sweep by the Orioles.Â Adam Dunn hit yet another monster home run and John Lannan(5-5) pitched another solid game into the eighth inning to get the win for the Nationals.Â Mike MacDougal picked up his third save of the season while David Hernandez(1-2) went 5.2 innings pitched while giving up three runs in taking the loss for the O’s.Â The Nationals will travel to Miami and take on the Marlins this week, more will be available at CenterfieldGate.
Make sure to check back later for the NL East Series Preview for this week.