NL East Series Preview 7-30-09 through 8-3-09

Filed Under (Series Preview) by mrose on 31-07-2009

Tagged Under : Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Barry Zito, Ben Francisco, Carlos Zambrano, Centerfieldgate, Chad Billingsley, Chicago Cubs, Chris Volstad, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Colin Balester, Colorado Rockies, Craig Stammen, Danny Haren, Derek Lowe, Doug Davis, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Freddy Sanchez, Houston Astros, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Schmidt, Joe Blanton, John Garland, John Grabow, John Lannan, Jonathan Sanchez, Jose Ascanio, Josh Johnson, Kenshin Kawakami, Kevin HArt, Landshark stadium, Lastings Milledge, Livan Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Scherzer, Miami, Mike Pelfrey, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Oliver Perez, Paul Maholm, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Soriano, Randy Johnson, Randy Wolf, Rich Harden, Ricky Nolasco, Rodrigo Lopez, Ross Glaud, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Dempster, Ryan Sadowski, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The REal Dirty Mets, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tim Lincecum, Tom Gorzelanny, Tommy Hanson, Virgil Vasquez, Washington Nationals

Phillies Logo VS Giants Logo
The Philadelphia Phillies(58-41, 1st in NL East) made a big splash before the trade deadling, obtaining Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco from the Indians prior to the deadline.  Both should be meeting up with the team in San Francisco this weekend with Lee expected to debut on either Friday or Saturday night, which will shape the rest of the rotation.  The Phillies continue to win and took two of three from the Diamondbacks this week and now will face the wild card leading San Francisco Giants for four. Check out Phillies Phandom for more Philadelphia insight.

The San Francisco Giants(55-46, 2nd in NL West 7GB, 1st in WildCardl) were also players before the trade deadline.  The Giants acquired infielder Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates for a minor league player, and he didn’t have to travel far as the Pirates were just swept out of San Francisco, Sanchez will simply extend his stay.  They also got the news this week that Randy Johnson has a rotator cuff tear and will be out for an extended period of time.  They hope that they can extend their wild card lead, and take some games from the leagues hottest team at the same time.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Thursday @ 10:15PM EST – Giants 7 Phillies 2 (WP – Sanchez LP – Lopez)
Friday @ 10:15PM EST – Lee,PHI(7-9,3.14 ERA) vs. Sadowski,SF(2-3,4.81 ERA)
Saturday @ 9:05PM EST – Blanton,PHI(7-4,4.11 ERA) vs. Lincecum,SF(11-3,2.30 ERA)
Sunday @ 4:05PM EST – Hamels,PHI(7-5,4.42 ERA) vs. Zito,SF(6-10,4.54 ERA)
Cubs Logo
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Marlins Logo
The Florida Marlines(53-49, 2nd in East 6GB, 3GB of wildcard) welcomed in the Braves to LandShark stadium this week for a three game set.  The teams have no played eight games, with the Marlins winning five of the eight.  The Marlins had a late heroic game from surprisingly solid pinch hitter Ross Glaud on Tuesday, a hitting pitcher on Wednesday, but couldn’t keep the same heroics on Thursday for the sweep.  The Marlins are now winners of 7 out of 9, and hope to continue to march toward the wild card this weekend.  In their way will be the Central Division leading Chicago Cubs.  Check out FishGuts for more insight.

The Chicago Cubs(54-46, 1st in NL Central) had a fairly mediocre first half of the season, but since the All-Star break, they have really turned it on.  The Cubs have now won eleven of fourteen games while only losing one series to the red hot Phillies.  The Cubs have even made a trade with the division rival Pirates yesterday, acquiring reliever John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny while sending Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio and a minor leaguer back.  They lead the Central division by a half a game and will look to extend it this weekend in Miami.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Friday @ 7:10PM EST – Harden,CHI(7-5,4.55 ERA) vs. Volstad,FLA(8-9.4.44 ERA)
Saturday @ 7:10PM EST – Zambrano,CHI(7-4,3.36 ERA) vs. TBA,FLA
Sunday @ 2:05PM EST – Dempster,CHI(5-5,4.31 ERA) vs. Nolasco,FLA(7-7,5.24ERA)
Dodgers Logo vs_120x120 Braves Logo
The Atlanta Braves(52-50, 3rd in NL East 7GB, 4GB of wildcard) are still one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break, with nine wins against five losses since then, but they are off a tough series loss to division rival Florida Marlins this week.  They went into the weekday series tied for second and now are one game behind the Marlins for both the wildcard and division lead, after losing  a couple tough ones. One game, closer Soriano blew the save with a walk off home run for the Marlins and in the next, starter Kenshin Kawakami couldn’t keep Josh Johnson in the yard.  They welcome in the Dodgers to Altanta, so it gets no easier for them. Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more Braves news and info.

The Los Angeles Dodgers(63-39, 1st in NL West) had a very tough week, especially since we last talked about them in a series preview last weekend.  They went only 2-5 against the Marlins in LA and then the Cardinals on the road.  The Marlins were able to take two of three and the Cardinals crushed them in three of the four games.  The Dodgers salvaged the final game yesterday and luckily they have such a large lead that this stretch did not effect them.  They will hope to get back on a role this weekend in Atlanta.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Friday @ 7:30PM EST – Schmidt,LAD(1-1,7.88 ERA) vs. Hanson,ATL(5-1,2.95 ERA)
Saturday @ 4:00PM EST – Wolf,LAD(5-5,3.43) vs. Lowe,ATL(10-7,4.20 ERA)
Sunday @ 8:00PM EST – Billingsley,LAD(10-6,3.96 ERA) vs. Jurrjens,ATL(9-7,2.69 ERA)
D'Backs Logo vs_120x120 Mets Logo
The New York Mets(49-52, 4th in NL East 9.5GB, 6.5GB of wildcard) finally had a good week to report here.  The Mets went into Houston last weekend then finally returned home for the first time since the break to face the red hot Astros then Rockies.  The result?  The Mets won five of seven games, including all five of those being consecutive.  They lost the bookends of the seven games, but in between they had great pitching, timely hitting and showed life while coming back in a number of games.  They hope to continue their success with a four game wrap around set against the Arizona Diamondbacks from Friday to Monday. Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more Mets news.

The Arizona Diamondbacks(44-58, 4th in NL West 19GB) are now 6-7 since the break, and they only have won one series, against the lowly Pirates last weekend as they took three of four.  They are coming off a series loss to the Phillies where they could salvage the finale, but even their ace, Danny Haren couldn’t win that one.  The D’Backs did make a few trades earlier this month and have all but ended their season.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Friday @ 7:10PM EST – Davis,ARI(5-6,3.76 ERA) vs. Hernandez,NYM(7-5,4.87 ERA)
Saturday @ 7:10PM EST -Scherzer,ARI(6-6,3.61 ERA) vs. Perez,NYM(2-3, 7.42 ERA)
Sunday @ 1:10PM EST -Garland,ARI(5-10,4.42 ERA) vs. Pelfrey,NYM(8-6,4.72 ERA)
Monday @ 7:10PM EST – Haren,ARI(10-6,2.19 ERA) vs. TBA,NYM
Cardinals Logo vs_120x120 Pirates Logo
The Washington Nationals(32-70, 5th in NL East 27GB) are definitely on what they can consider a high.  The Nationals had won two straight series heading into Milwaukee this week, where they won the first two to put together a four game winning streak.  They did drop the final two, but all in all, it was one of the better weeks they have had in recent memory.  This weekend they will welcome in the youngest team in baseball after this week’s trades, the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Check out CenterfieldGate for more news, information and insight on the Nats.

The Pittsburgh Pirates(43-58, 6th in NL Central 11GB) are on a five game losing streak and this week completed trades to send more players away and rebuild.  Like the post world series Marlins teams, the Pirates have traded away ten players from the opening day roster in exchange for many minor leaguers.  You have to wonder what a Pirate fan must think.  They will hope their young team can beat out another young team in the Nationals, and will welcome Lastings Milledge to the major league club.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Friday @ 7:05PM EST -Lannan,WAS(7-7,3.25 ERA) vs. Ohlendorf,PIT(8-8,4.51 ERA)
Friday @ 7:05PM EST-Stammen,WAS(3-5,4.46 ERA) vs. Vasquez,PIT(1-5,6.21 ERA)
Sunday @ 1:35PM EST – Balester,PIT(1-1,4.00 ERA) vs. Maholm,PIT(6-5,4.70 ERA)

Be sure to check back to NLEC or the team affiliate blog frequently!

If interested in helping the NLEC, please contact mrose@nleastchatter.com

NL East Daily Recap from 7-30-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 31-07-2009

Tagged Under : Angel Berroa, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Centerfieldgate, Chase Utley, Clint Barmes, Cody Ross, Colorado Rockies, Craig Counsell, David Wright, Eugenio Velez, Fernando Tatis, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Jason Hammel, Javier Vazquez, JD Martin, Jeff Francouer, Johan Santana, Jonathan Sanchez, Jonathon Niese, Jorge Cantu, Jorge De La Rosa, Luis Ayala, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Nick Johnson, Nyjer Morgan, Pablo Sandoval, peter moylan, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Prince Fielder, Rafael Soriano, Rick VandenHurk, Rodrigo Lopez, Ronnie Paulino, Ryan Howard, Ryan Spillborghs, Ryan Zimmerman, San Francisco Giants, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Troy Tulowitzki, Washington Nationals, Yovani Gallardo

Sanchez pitches Giants past Phils

Sanchez pitches Giants past Phils

Jonathon Sanchez has been trying to find the same stuff he had when he threw a no hitter a few weeks back.  He didn’t find that exact stuff on Thursday against the Phillies, but he was solid.  Sanchez(4-9) went 5.2 innings only giving up two runs on three hits, and struck out seven.  Pablo Sandoval had a huge game for the Giants, single handedly supplying all of their runs.  Sandoval went 2-4 with four RBI and a run scored, including a solo home run.  Eugenio Velez went 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored as well, the Giants won by a score of 7-2.
The Phillies are now on a rare losing streak, even if it is only two games.  Rodrigo Lopez(3-1) is human afterall, as he only went four innings giving up eight hits and seven runs, although only three were earned.  Chase Utley provided a solo home run for the Phillies and Ryan Howard had an RBI double, providing all of the offense for the Phillies, check out Phillies Phandom for more info on the Phillies.
McCann hits the winning shot

McCann hits the winning shot

The Braves needed to at least salvage one game in this series to stay in reach of the wild card and the small possibility of the division.  By the eighth inning they were up 3-1 and looked on their way to that salvaged game.  It seems at that point was when the Braves skipper must have realized he left Vazquez in too long.  Vazquez went 7.1 innings but was charged with three runs in a no decision as he got a no decision.  Lucky for him, Brian McCann hit a three run home run in the 10th inning and that proved to be the difference as the Braves won the game 6-3.  Peter Moylan(3-2) worked the bottom of the ninth inning giving up a single hit to qualify for the win and Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the tenth for his 15th save of the year.  The Braves Baseball Blog has all the Braves info you need.

The Marlins were trying to make have another come from behind win, as they did late in Tuesday’s game but that didn’t happen.  Rick VandenHurk went six innings and only allowing two runs in his third start since being recalled.  After the game went to extra innings, former National and Met, Luis Ayala(0-1) gave up the home run mentioned above to McCann and took the loss.  Ronnie Paulino and Jorge Cantu had RBI’s for the Marlins and Cody Ross had a solo home run as well.  Check out FishGuts for more information on the Marlins.

Santana dominates

Santana dominates

Game 1

In the matinee of the doubleheader the Mets and Rockies played today, Johan Santana was on his game.  Santana(12-8) worked seven mainly pain free innings while only allowing four hits, a walk and striking out eight.  The Mets offense supported him with a five run second inning with a two run double by Angel Berroa of all people.  David Wright added two RBI for the Mets who won their fifth straight game in this one.

The Rockies on the other hand have virtually nothing to write about from this game.  Starter Jason Hammel(5-6) lasted only 1.1 innings and was charged with five runs on seven hits and taxed the Rockies bullpen early in the day.  No one in the Rockies lineup had more than one hit against Santana as well.

Barmes with the big blow

Barmes with the big blow

Game 2

In the nightcap, Colorado came in looking to avoid a four game sweep and dropping farther out of the wild card race.  Jorge De La Rosa(9-7) was up to the task, giving up only two runs while pitching into the seventh inning.  He even helped himself in the game as he led off the top of the seventh with a double.  He would score on a Clint Barmes home run later in the inning that proved to be the difference.  Ryan Spillborghs had an RBI single in the sixth which was the first run the Rockies had scored since the series opener on Monday.  Tulowitzki added an RBI triple in the eighth for insurance.

The New York Mets sent rookie Jonathon Niese to the hill for his second start since being recalled and he did pitch well.  Going into the sixth inning he was  pitching a shut out, but it unraveled from there.  Niese(1-1) went 6.1 innings giving up four runs and six hits in taking the Mets first loss since he began their winning streak on Saturday.  Jeff Francouer got a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning scoring David Wright and Fernando Tatis had a solo home run in the seventh for all their runs.  The Real Dirty Mets Blog will have all the Mets info on both games today.

Riggleman's first ejection as Nats Mgr!

Riggleman's first ejection as Nats Mgr!

The Brewers were trying during the Thursday finale of their series with the Nats to salvage a split.  They luckily sent ace, Yovani Gallardo to the hill to try to get that done, and he did just that.  Gallardo(10-7) went seven innings giving up three runs and eleven strike outs.  At one point, it looked bad for the Brewers after a three run homer, but playing small ball worked out for the team from Milwaukee.  Besides Craig Counsell and Prince Fielder home runs, the other four runs from small ball, sacrifice flies, baserunning and RBI ground outs.

The Nationals had one player produce offensively for them today, Ryan Zimmerman.  Zimmerman hit a three run home run in the fourth scoring Nyjer Morgan and Nick Johnson to provide all of the offense.  Rookie J.D. Martin(0-2) went six innings but gave up five runs on seven hits, including the two home runs as the Nats have now lost two in a row after three wins straight.  CenterfieldGate will have more on the Nats for you.

NL East Series Preview 7-30-09 to 8-2-09 Phillies only Edition

Filed Under (Series Preview) by mrose on 30-07-2009

Tagged Under : Arizona Diamondbacks, Barry Zito, Ben Francisco, Cleveland Indians, Cliff Lee, Freddy Sanchez, Jonathan Sanchez, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Randy Johnson, Rodrigo Lopez, Ryan Sadowski, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum

The Philadelphia Phillies are the only team starting a new series on Thursday night, so we will have a scaled down version just for them today, with a full version tomorrow afternoon. Enjoy!

Phillies Logo VS Giants Logo
The Philadelphia Phillies(58-41, 1st in NL East) made a big splash before the trade deadling, obtaining Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco from the Indians prior to the deadline. Both should be meeting up with the team in San Francisco this weekend with Lee expected to debut on either Friday or Saturday night, which will shape the rest of the rotation. The Phillies continue to win and took two of three from the Diamondbacks this week and now will face the wild card leading San Francisco Giants for four. Check out Phillies Phandom for more Philadelphia insight.

The San Francisco Giants(55-46, 2nd in NL West 7GB, 1st in WildCardl) were also players before the trade deadline. The Giants acquired infielder Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates for a minor league player, and he didn’t have to travel far as the Pirates were just swept out of San Francisco, Sanchez will simply extend his stay. They also got the news this week that Randy Johnson has a rotator cuff tear and will be out for an extended period of time. They hope that they can extend their wild card lead, and take some games from the leagues hottest team at the same time.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

NOTE: Cliff Lee WILL make his Phillies debut in the series, it just has not been announced whether he will slot in on Friday or Saturday.

Thursday @ 10:15PM EST – Lopez,PHI(3-0,3.09 ERA) vs. Sanchez,SF(3-9,4.92 ERA)
Friday @ 10:15PM EST – Blanton,PHI(7-4,4.11 ERA) vs. Sadowski,SF(2-3,4.81 ERA)
Saturday @9:05PM EST-Moyer,PHI(10-7,5.32 ERA) vs. Lincecum,SF(11-3,2.30 ERA)
Sunday @ 4:05PM EST – Hamels,PHI(7-5,4.42 ERA) vs. Zito,SF(6-10,4.54 ERA)

NL East Daily Recap from 7-29-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 30-07-2009

Tagged Under : Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Casey Kotchman, Casey McGehee, Christian Guzman, Citi Field, Cliff Lee, Colorado Rockies, D'Backs, Dan Uggla, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garret Anderson, Garrett Mock, Hanley Ramirez, J.A. Happ, J.J. Hardy, Josh Johnson, Justin Upton, Kenshin Kawakami, Leo Nunez, Manny Parra, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Nick Johnson, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Ryan Braun, Ryan Zimmerman, The Braves Baseball Blog, Trevor Hoffman, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Yusmeiro Petit

Happ watches Upton

Happ watches Upton

Justin Upton wanted to make sure that the Diamondbacks won at least one game out of three against the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the first inning, he hit a two run home run off of Phillies starter J.A. Happ and int the eighth inning, he added an RBI single for insurance.  He also had three of the Diamondbacks total seven hits on a night the D’backs won 4-0.  Yusmeiro Petit(1-5) got his first win of the season as he went six innings but only gave up four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

The Philadelphia Phillies team, fresh off trading for last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, came in this game with the ability to sweep.  J.A. Happ(7-2) took his second straight loss after seven straight winning decisions but pitched well.  He gave up only the two run home run to Upton ion the first and only three hits in total and two walks. in six innings.  Two Philly relievers gave up a run each and the Philly offense couldn’t get a run home, which is a rare occurrence.  Read more about this game and other Philly news at Phillies Phandom.

Johnson pitches, and hits!

Johnson pitches, and hits!

Josh Johnson decided to take the game last night against the Braves into his own hands, in every possible way last night.  Johnson deposited a Kawakami pitch in the fourth inning into center field for a three run home run which at the time gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead on way to a 6-3 win.  Hanley Ramirez contributed a RBI triple in the third and a solo home run in the fifth and Dan Uggla even got into the home run derby in the fifth as well.  Johnson(10-2) got his tenth victory of the year as he went six innings and gave up eight hits on three runs, all from home runs.  The Marlins sent four relievers to the mound to finish it off, with Leo Nunez getting his eighth save of the year working a scoreless ninth.  Check out FishGuts for more about the win and the Fish.

Kenshin Kawakami(5-8) had a terrible start, and the home run ball hit him harder than any other pitcher in the game, and it always hurts to give one up to the opposing pitcher.  Kawakami went 4.2 innings giving up seven hits and six runs, including the three home runs and even walked four.  The Braves offense did its best against one of the best pitchers in the NL as Casey Kotchman hit a solo shot and Garret Anderson hit a home run for the second consecutive night, of the two run variety.  The Braves Baseball Blog has all the Braves info you need.

rainoutIf you hadn’t heard, New York is now Seattle East, so as seems to be a normal occurance, the rain came and didn’t stop last night.  The Mets and Rox will play a day-night double header today at Citi Field.

McGehee gets a hold of one

McGehee gets a hold of one

The Brewers were looking to avoid being swept by the worst team in baseball (by record that is) last night in Milwaukee.  After the second inning though, it wasn’t looking good as they were already down 4-0.  The Brewers came back though starting in the third on a Ryan Braun triple that scored a run, and he later scored on a wild pitch.  After going down 5-3 in the sixth, they Brewers got three in the sixth and never looked back.  J.J. Hardy missed an RBI chance in the sixth as he grounded into a double play scoring a run, but got an RBI groundout in the eighth to pad the stats.  Casey McGehee had the biggest blast as he hit a pinch hit two run home run to give the Nats the lead in the sixth.  Manny Parra(5-8) went six innings but gave up five runs and five walks on nine hits to get a shaky win for the Brewers.  Trevor Hoffman came in and struck out two in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season.

The Nationals’ Garrett Mock left the game after the fifth in line for a victory if the bullpen could hold on.  Unfortunately for him, Tyler Clippard(1-1) who had been very solid of late, blew his first save of the year going 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on the home run to McGehee.  Christian Guzman and Nyjer Morgan continued their hot play though, each having two hits and a run scored and Guzman even added an RBI.  Ryan Zimmerman added two RBI as well as Nick Johnson getting an RBI for the night.  Check out CenterfieldGate for more Nats info.

Phillies Trade News: Cliff Lee traded to the Phillies

Filed Under (Phi player news, Phi Trade Rumors) by mrose on 29-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Ben Francisco, Carlos Carrasco, Cliff Lee, Florida Marlins, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp, Lou Marson, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

According to Ken Rosenthal and others, the Phillies have traded Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson to the Indians in exchange for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco.

The medical records are being reviewed, but all signs point to a completed trade

More on this as it comes available but check out Phillies Phandom for more!

Weigh in on your opinion and thoughts on this trade in the comment section!

NL East Daily Recap from 7-28-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 29-07-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Bill Clinton, Brad Lidge, Brian Schneider, Carlos Villanueva, Centerfieldgate, Chipper Jones, Christian Guzman, Cody Ross, Cole Hamels, Colin Balester, Colorado Rockies, Daniel Murphy, Danny Haren, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garret Anderson, Garrett Anderson, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Marquis, Jeff Francouer, Johan Santana, Leo Nunez, Luis Castillo, Mark Reynolds, martin prado, Mike Gonzalez, Mike Pelfrey, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, peter moylan, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Rafael Soriano, Ricky Nolasco, Ross Gload, Ryan Braun, Ryan Roberts, Shane Victorino, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tim Dillard, Washington Nationals

The Phils are all smiles

The Phils are all smiles

Why wouldn’t every single player on the Phillies be all smiles right now?  The Phillies can’t seem to lose, and last night they won yet another game, by the score of 4-3.  The Phillies also seem to be able to spread out the nightly heroes, last night could be considerd Shane Victorino.  Victorino went 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI including a solo home run.  After the help from Victorino, Hamels(7-5) went eight innings only allowing one run and four hits while striking out nine for the win.  Brad Lidge got a shaky 20th save as he worked the ninth but gave up a hit and two runs on a home run.  Check out Phillies Phandom for more as the Phils go for a series sweep today.

The Diamondbacks took an early lead in this game on a Ryan Roberts solo home run, but could get nothing more against ace Cole Hamels.  D’Backs ace Danny Haren(10-6) only got through five innings himself giving up three runs and two earned and walking three while having a very high pitch count.  Mark Reynolds tried to get them closer in the ninth as he provided the two run shot off Lidge, but that would be all.

Gload with his 1st career walk off

Gload with his 1st career walk off

The Marlins went into the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday night, with the chance to drop out of second place in the National League East to the Atlanta Braves.  Cody Ross walked and then Ross Gload who has been solid all year as a pinch hitter hit a two run shot to win the game 4-3.  The win keeps the Marlins hit and they have now won four of six against the Braves so far this season.  Ricky Nolasco pitched a solid game, going seven innings and giving up two runs and got a no decision.  Leo Nunez(3-3) gave up a run in the ninth on a solo home run and was in line for a loss, but Gload’s heroics saved him and gave him the victory.  Check out FishGuts for more on the win.

The Atlanta Braves Rafael Soriano(1-2) blew his second save of the season as he worked one third of an inning and gave up the two run home run to Gload.  Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong giving up the two runs and Gonzalez and Moylan gave up a hit each in perfect innings, Moylan had been in line for a victory.  Prado continued his hot play with an RBI single in the third and Chipper Jones and Garrett Anderson capped the scoring with home runs for the Braves.  The Braves Baseball Blog has more information on the win and the Bravos.

Big Pelf shuts the Rox down

Big Pelf shuts the Rox down

Tuesday night, the Mets were looking to win four games in a row, for what seems like the first time since the Clinton administration.  They sent Mike Pelfrey to the mound and although he worked in and out of trouble, the Mets managed a 4-0 shutout.  Pelfrey(8-6) worked 6.1 innings scattering seven hits and three walks but working out of two bases loaded jams on way to the win.  The Mets offense got solo runs in four different innings, the second, third , fourth and eighth.  Francouer, Castillo, and Murphy had RBI singles and Brian Schneider had a sacrifice fly for all the Mets offense.  Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more Mets info.

Jason Marquis(12-7) came into this game with the most wins in the National League and took the loss, obviously not adding to his total.  Marquis went six innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs and left after only 86 pitches as the Rockies tried to jump start the offense.  The Rockies will hope to get a win tonight against Mets ace Johan Santana.

Dunn hits a monster shot

Dunn hits a monster shot

Break up the Nationals! The Nats have now won four games in a row, and by commanding fashion, last night winning 8-3 over the Brewers.  Nyjer Morgan and Christian Guzman had three RBI’s each, with both having a home run and Adam Dunn added a solo shot of his own to go with three walks.  Colin Balester(1-1) got his first win this season and went six innings of two run ball and the win held up through the shaky Nats bullpen.  Check out CenterfieldGate for more info on the Nats and their win streak.

Braun homered for the second straight game, but that doesn’t help when the rest of the pitching and hitting doesn’t support you.  Carlos Villanueva(2-8) went four innings and gave up five runs and two home runs taking the loss.  Tim Dillard did not help the come back shots ashe worked four more innings but gave up three more runs, solidifying the Nats win.

Chatter Up! Inaugeral Edition – Braves @ Marlins 7-28-09 to 7-31-09

Filed Under (Chatter Up) by mrose on 28-07-2009

Tagged Under : Adrian Gonzalez, Alfonso Soriano, Andrew Miller, Anibal Sanchez, Atlanta Braves, Braves Baseball Blog, Burke Badenhop, Cameron Maybin, Chatter Up, Chipper Jones, Chris Volstad, Cody Ross, Colorado Rockies, Dan Uggla, Derek Lowe, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, Jair Jurrjens, Jeremy Hermida, Josh Johnson, Josh Willingham, Kenshin Kawakami, Larry Benfest, Matt Lindstrom, Nate McClouth, NL East Chatter, Philadelphia Phillies, Rick VandenHurk, Ricky Nolasco, Roy Halladay, Sean West, Tommy Hanson, Wild Card, Yunel Escobar

Braves Logo chatterup Marlins Logo
Welcome to the first edition of NLEC’s Chatter Up!  This will be a normal occurrence when two divisional teams play each other.  I (or others) will ask questions of the affiliate blogs and their writers for the teams which are going against each other during that series.  These questions can be in regards to the divisional rival or to the state of that team themselves.  I welcome guest questions for upcoming series via email at Series Preview for this week has more on the series, but lets get right to the questions.  As in a normal game, the road team will lead off, with the home team getting last licks.Matt R. of NLEC will address Matt Fournier of The Braves Baseball Blog, followed by addressing Wally Londo of FishGuts.
Matt R(NLEC): Lets start with the trade deadline.  What do you feel the Braves need to do this week to give them a shot at a playoff birth?  Given that answer, what WILL the Braves do, knowing the moves they already have made, and do you think the Braves could ever possibly regret the trades made so far?
Matt F(BB): If I’ve said it once I’ll say it again they need a big bat. While McLouth was good then still need some more pop in the lineup. An Adrian Gonazalez type player would be nice (probably not going to happen). It couldn’t hurt to look at another closer. Soriano has done well, but I don’t trust his health.
Matt R(NLEC):Comparatively, the Braves have an “old” starting staff when they trot out Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami compared to the Marlins.  I would imagine those three (Kawakami being unknown) will handle the innings as they pile on, but what do you expect from impressive rookie Tommy Hanson?   Will the Braves look to curve his innings, or go pedal to the metal hoping for a playoff birth?
Matt F(BBB): I think the sky is the limit for this kid. He already is 5-1 with 2.95 ERA and 37 K’s. As far as curving his innings I don’t think they’ll do much of that. I mean he was an MLB ready prospect so therefore they will use him to his fullest. That being said I don’t think they will overwork him. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it’s the only way I know how to explain it.
Matt R(NLEC): As it seems the way its going for all NL East Teams this year, the hot streaks sometimes give false hope.  Do you really believe this team is a playoff contender this year, or do you see them fading back come September and possibly playing spoiler?
Matt F(BBB): As far as the playoffs this year I’m highly optimistic, but I feel with the way the Phillies are playing and the way some other NL teams are playing that they should look towards next year. Hopefully I will be biting my tongue though. And for them falling back in September I don’t see it happening. I don’t see the pitching fading away, the only thing that worries me is the consistency of the offense. I think they will be able to sustain for the whole year.
Matt R(NLEC): So far this season the Marlins have taken 3 of 5 with 13 to be played in the final 2+ months, with it seemingly being a battle between the two teams for 2nd and for the possible wild card, what do the Braves need to do in this series to begin securing the that place?
Matt F(BBB): They must jump all over the Marlins weak pitching staff early and often. The pitching will be there for the Braves, so it is a must that they exploit the Marlins weak pitching staff.
Matt R(NLEC): What Marlins pitcher and hitter do you feel will be the biggest challenge this weekend?
Matt F(BBB): The pitcher that scares me the most is obviously the ace Josh Johnson. Great pitcher, who scares any team. And for the hitter it would have to be the great Hanley Ramirez.
Thanks Matt! Now, moving on to FishGuts and Wally
Matt R(NLEC): Lets start with the trade deadline.  What do you feel the Marlins need to do this week to give them a shot at a playoff birth?  Given that answer, what WILL the Marlins do, knowing their management and referencing the earlier FishGuts article, why would they think of trading Cody Ross?
Wally(FG): To really make a run at the playoffs, the Marlins need to add either an impact bat or starting pitcher. Roy Halladay is the pie in the sky dream, but that probably isn’t realistic, given the cost in money and prospects for a team that values those two things above all else.
Realistically, the team should at least add Josh Willingham kind of bat, though Larry Beinfest doesn’t seem like the type of guy who will trade back for a guy he gave up on in the offseason.
As for Cody, the only reason you trade him is if you are out of it, because he has more value than anyone else. However, he probably has more value to the Fish than in a trade, so I’d hope they don’t do it. He’s very good offensively and extremely underrated in the field.
Matt R(NLEC): Looking today, the Marlins extremely young and inexpensive pitching staff is 8th in the NL overall, which is very impressive.  Do you expect that throughout the remainder of the season this will take a dive, or do you feel though they are young, they can handle the innings as they pile up and the possible pressure of a post-season run?
Wally(FG): The pitching has actually been infuriating outside of Josh Johnson. Chris Volstad’s home run problems have been stupefying, and Ricky Nolasco, one of the best pitchers in baseball last year, hasn’t been able to put it together for more than a few starts.
If Volstad and Nolasco can get to where they were last year for the stretch run, adding a pitcher might be redundant, because Sean West, Andrew Miller, Rick Vandenhurk, Burke Badenhop and Anibal Sanchez in some kind of order should be able to sustain the back end of the rotation.
I’m an optimist at heart, so I think they’ll actually be better from here on out than they have been up to now.
Matt R(NLEC): As it seems the way its going for all NL East Teams this year, the hot streaks sometimes give false hope.  The Marlins started out the season 11-1, then looked horrible for a few months before their late resurgence.  Do you really believe this team is a playoff contender this year, or do you see them fading back come September and possibly playing spoiler as they do so well.
Wally(FG): There’s really no reason to think the Marlins aren’t at least as good as the Braves, Rockies, and any of the other wild card contenders, they just haven’t been able to get it together. I’m pretty much willing to concede the division, but 3.5 games is nothing in the Wild Card, and if they can put together a good month and a half, they can do it.
Realistically, there’s too many teams to beat out to say I’m confident, but you always have to believe as a fan. Dan Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad, and Matt Lindstrom have wildly underperformed, and we could see Cameron Maybin come up soon and catch fire with how he’s been at AAA.
Matt R(NLEC): So far this season the Marlins have taken 3 of 5 with 13 to be played in the final 2+ months, with it seemingly being a battle between the two teams for 2nd and for the possible wild card, what do the Marlins need to do in this series to begin securing the that place?
Wally(FG): Pitch.
The Braves can pitch, but they struggle scoring runs. If we can shut them down, we can score enough to take them down. Chipper and Yunel seem to be the only guys to worry about given their careers against us, so if you can take care of them, you effectively silence their bats.
I do think the Marlins are a more complete team than the Braves, and I think we’ll have a good shot to take at least 8 of the final 13 against them, and hopefully put them away for good.
Matt R(NLEC): What Braves pitcher and hitter do you feel will be the biggest challenge?
Wally(FG): Jurrjens is the guy we go against in the first game and he’s a guy who can give the Marlins, but I’m more worried about Kawakami. We scored 4 against him in 6 innings the first time we faced him, but he’s the type of guy we always seem to struggle against.
Chipper Jones might be getting up there in age, but he is the 2nd greatest switch hitter of all time, and he’s got a .939 career OPS against the Marlins so he’s always the guy you worry about.

I hope everyone enjoyed the first Chatter Up! segment, and as I mentioned, please feel free to email any recommend questions or comments about the segment to this forum topic and post a reply.

NL East Daily Recap from 7-27-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 28-07-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Arizona Diamondbacks, Centerfieldgate, Chad Tracy, Christian Guzman, Clint Barmes, Colorado Rockies, Corey Hart, Cory Sullivan, Craig Stammen, Daniel Murphy, Fernanto Tatis, Francisco Rodriguez, Franklin Morales, Jamie Moyer, Jason Bergmann, Jeff Francouer, Jeff Suppan, Jimmy Rollins, John Garland, Josh Willingham, Juan Rincon, Mark Reynolds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Paul Bako, Pedro Feliciano, pedro feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Washington Nationals

Moyer old, but solid, as usual

Moyer old, but solid, as usual

Early in the game, it looked like Moyer was going to be on the losing side of this game as seven different D’Backs had been on base by the third inning.  He continued to get out of trouble and in the fourth inning, Ryan Howard got the Phils off to a start by hitting a two run home run.  Moyer(10-7) went 6.2 innings while scattering six hits and four walks, but allowing no runs.  Rollins, Ibanez, Feliz and Bako added RBI’s for the Phillies as they went on to win 6-2 on Monday night, now with a seven game division lead.  Phillies Phandom has all your Phillies news.

The Diamondbacks obviously wasted many opportunities, as evidenced by the fact Moyer lasted as long as he did.  The D’Backs finally did get on the board in the eighth inning after a Mark Reynolds solo home run and an RBI single by Chad Tracy later in that inning.  John Garland(5-10) went five innings giving up six runs on five hits but only three of those runs were earned because of errors behind him.

Tatis' Granny is the winner!

Tatis' Granny is the winner!

Fernando Tatis and the Mets have been horrendous all season with the bases loaded, and Tatis it seems, hits into a double play in every opportunity he sees.   Last night, Fernando Tatis stepped to the plate pinch hitting for left fielder Cory Sullivan with the b ases loaded only one out and every Met fan was thinking “here comes another double play”.  Tatis surprised everyone and put a ball into the left centerfield seats to help send the Mets to a 7-3 win against the wild card leading Rockies on Monday night.  Down 2-0 and then 3-1, the Mets climbed back with a Jeff Francouer home run, a Daniel Murphy RBI single and a Cory Sullivan Sacrifice fly to be in a tie game in the eighth inning for Tatis’ hit.  Pedro Feliciano(3-3) worked one inning giving up a hit and striking out two for the win and Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth in a non save situation to secure the victory.  Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more Mets info.

The Rockies scored runs the same way they have been all season, getting three runs on two home runs.  In the second inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run home run to deep center field for a 2-0 lead.  After the Mets cut the lead in half, Clint Barmes hit a long home run down the left field line to extend the lead temporarily to 3-1.  Starter Ubaldo Jimenez worked seven innings giving up three runs and left the game to the bullpen, already with a no decision.  Juan Rincon walked three in the eighth inning(one intentionally) and only got one out on a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Murphy.  Rincon(2-2) took the loss as Franklin Morales came in with the bases loaded and gave up the grand slam to mentioned above.

This sight will haunt the Brewers

This sight will haunt the Brewers

The “Hammer”, Josh Willingham had a career game last night in Milwaukee, and one that you need to do a double take at the box score.  Willingham went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 8 RBI on two grand slams, in consecutive innings none the less.  This was on way to a 14-6 Nationals route of the Brew Crew on Monday night.  Zimmerman added a solo home run of his own and Christian Guzman and Adam Dunn had a pair of RBI each.  Starter Craig Stammen couldn’t get out of the fourth inning as he was charged with five runs and couldn’t qualify for the victory, even though once the Nats took the lead in the fifth, they never looked back.  Jason Bergmann(1-1) worked 1.1 innings of relief giving up one run and was credited with the relief win.  Make sure to check CenterfieldGate for more Nats info.

Brewers starter Jeff Suppan had allowed no runs through the first four innings and he was even given a 2-0 lead by his team.  This was before the fifth inning came about and he only lasted one out into the sixth.  Suppan’s(5-8) final line is ugly, 5.1 innings pitched, 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks, all of those runs coming in the fifth and sixth inning.  Corey Hart and Ryan Braun homered in the losing effort for the Brew-Crew.

NL East Series Preview 7-27-09 through 7-30-09

Filed Under (Series Preview) by mrose on 27-07-2009

Tagged Under : Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Citi Field, Cole Hamels, Colin Balester, Colorado Rockies, Craig Stamme, Danny Haren, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garrett Mock, Houston Astros, J.A. Happ, Jair Jurrjens, Jamie Moyer, Jason Hammel, Jason Marquis, Javier Vazquez, JD Martin, Jeff Suppan, Jimmy Rollins, Johan Santana, John Garland, Jon Niese, Jorge De La Rosa, Josh Johnson, Kenshin Kawakami, Los Angeles Dodgers, Manny Parra, Mike Pelfrey, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Oliver Perez, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rick VandenHurk, Ricky Nolasco, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Trade Deadline, Ubaldo Jimenez, Washington Nationals, Yovani Gallardo, Yusmeiro Petit

phillies Logo VS D'Backs Logo
The Philadelphia Phillies(56-40, 1st in NL East) have been in first for every single series Preview i’ve done and just keep getting better.  The Phillies faced a challenge last weekend with three games against the formerly first place Cardinals in the NL Central.  They got hit pretty hard on Friday night and Saturday the pitching wasn’t top notch, they they still managed to take the final two games in the series behind their hitting.   Their offense hit six home runs including a Rollins Grand Slam on Saturday and scored 23 runs in the final two games of the series.  They will travel to Arizona to begin a west coast swing on Monday and hope to continue extending their lead and wondering what new pieces may arrive by the Friday trade deadline.  Check out Phillies Phandom for more Philadelphia insight.

The Diamondbacks(43-56, 4th in NL West 19.5GB) finished off their week with two shutout victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Those games were won by a combined score of 16-0 after they had lost four of their previous six games.  They will now welcome in a much tougher opponent to their ballpark and hope to play the role of David as they are virtually out of all hopes of the playoffs.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Monday @ 9:40PM EST – Moyer,PHI(9-7,4.5.65 ERA) vs. Garland,ARI(5-9,4.41 ERA)
Tuesday @ 9:40PM EST – Hamels,PHI(6-5,4.66 ERA) vs. Haren,ARI(10-5,2.14 ERA)
Wednesday @ 9:40PM EST – Happ,PHI(7-1,2.97 ERA) vs. Petit,ARI(0-5,7.68 ERA)
Braves Logo vs_120x120 Marlins Logo
The Atlanta Braves(51-48, 2nd in NL East 6.5GB) are on a great run since the All-Star break as they have won 8 of their 11 games versus the Mets, Giants and Brewers.  They will continue a six game road trip on Tuesday night as they travel down to the divisional rival Marlins for a three game set in the heat.  Both teams have been playing well and this series will break a tie for second place in the division going into the weekend. Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more Braves information and insight.

The Florida Marlins(51-48, 2nd in NL East 6.5GB) are coming off a great rebound week after being swept by the division leading Phillies the previous weekend.  On a west coast trip versus the lowly Padres and the National League best Dodgers, the Marlins won five of six and mainly relied on their pitching to get through.  They now hope to continue this through a home stand starting with the Braves.  Check out FishGuts for more Marlins info.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Tuesday @ 7:10PM EST – Jurrjens,ATL(9-7,2.67 ERA) vs. Nolasco,FLA(7-7,5.42 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:10PM EST – Kawakami,ATL(5-7,4.04 ERA) vs. Johnson,FLA(9-2,2.80 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:10PM EST – Vazquez,ATL(8-7,2.98 ERA) vs. VandenHurk,FLA(1-0,2.45 ERA)
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The Mets(46-51, 4th in NL East 10.5GB) are finally coming into a series on a good note.  They walked into Houston this weekend after going 2-5 for the first seven games of a 10 game trip and had to face a hot Astros team.  They did lose the first game, on a oddly bad game from their ace, Johan Santana but then rebounded.  In the final two games they scored 18 runs and only gave up six in a rare offensive outburst.  They will have a tough task again this week as they start by facing the wildcard leading Colorado Rockies tonight for the first time at Citi Field and their first home game since the All-Star break. Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more Mets info.

The Colorado Rockies(54-44, 2nd in NL West 8GB leading Wildcard) are still absolutely on fire since their management change.  Last week they took two of three from the Diamondbacks and then from wildcard and division rival Giants to take a two game lead in the wildcard race.  The Colorado residents though will be in for a rude awakening at pitcher friendly Citi Field this week.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Monday @ 7:10PM EST – Jimenez,COL(7-9,3.85 ERA) vs. Perez,NYM(2-3,7.68 ERA)
Tuesday@7:10PM EST -Marquis,COL(12-6,3.49 ERA) vs. Pelfrey,NYM(7-6,4.99 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:10PM EST – Hammel,COL(5-5,4.28 ERA) vs. Santana,NYM(11-8,3.12 ERA)
Thursday @ 12:10PM EST – De La Rosa,COL(8-7,4.78 ERA) vs. Niese,NYM(1-0,4.08 ERA)
Nats Logo vs_120x120 Brewers Logo
The Washington Nationals(30-68, fifth in NL East 27GB) are playing about as well as they have all season.  After being swept by the Chicago Cubs last weekend and losing the first game of the series to the Mets, they finished the week 4-2 with series wins versus the Padres and the Mets, but did lose a makeup game to the Cardinals in between.  They will now travel to Milwaukee where the Brewers will be waiting after losing two out of three to the Braves this past weekend.  They Nationals will hope that their young pitching can hold up and give them a few more chances to win, but you do wonder if the team will still be complete by Friday, with ‘ the trade deadline looming.  Check out CenterfieldGate for more Nats information.

The Milwaukee Brewers(49-49, third in NL Central 3GB) missed a great chance to make up some ground in the division this weekend.  The Cardinals fell out of first place after being thumped by the Phillies, and with that the Brewers stayed three games back and allowed the Cubs to get into first place as they lost two ouf of three to the Atlanta Braves.  Lucky for them that no one in the Central division is anywhere near running away with it, and they hope to get back on the winning track against the major league worst Washington Nationals.

The probable pitchers are shown below:

Monday @ 8:05PM EST – Stammen,WAS(3-5,4.14 ERA) vs. Suppan,WAS(5-7,4.71 ERA)
Tuesday @ 8:05PM EST – Balester,WAS(0-1,6.00 ERA) vs. TBA,MIL(-,-.–)
Wednesday @ 8:05PM EST – Mock,WAS(0-4,7.06 ERA) vs. Parra,MIL(4-8,6.42 ERA)
Thursday @ 2:05PM EST – Martin,WAS(0-1,7.50 ERA) vs. Gallardo,MIL(9-7,3.09 ERA)

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NL East Daily Recap from 7-26-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 27-07-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Andre Ethier, Angel Pagan, Atlanta Braves, Austin Kearns, Brad Lidge, Braden Looper, Brian McCann, Brian Moehler, Burke Badenhop, Carlos Lee, Casey Kotchman, Centerfieldgate, Chad Gaudin, Chase Utley, Chris Volstad, Citi Field, Colorado Rockies, Corey Hart, Derek Lowe, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Fredi Gonzalez, Geoff Blum, Greg burke, Hanley Ramirez, Houston Astros, Hunter Pence, James Loney, Jason Schmidt, Jeremy Reed, Jimmy Rollins, joe beimel, Joe Blanton, John Lannan, Josh Willingham, Julio Lugo, Kaz Matsui, Kelly Johnson, Kyle Banks, Livan Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers, Luis Castillo, Luke Gregerson, Mark DeRosa, martin prado, matt diaz, matt holliday, Miguel Tejada, Mike MacDougal, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Raul Ibanez, Russell Martin, Ryan Howard, San Diego Padres, Sean Green, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Todd Wellemeyer, Washington Natioanls, Willie Harris, Yunel Escobar

Blanton with another strong game

Blanton with another strong game

The Philadelphia Phillies were looking to have another successful series and take two out of three games from the formerly Central division leading St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.  They ended up routing them for the second straight day, led by home runs from Utley, Howard, Rollins and Ibanez, all of the two run variety on way to a 9-2 victory.  Starter Joe Blanton(7-4) went eight innings, having yet another strong start giving up seven hits, two runs and six strike outs as Brad Lidge worked the ninth in a non save situation.  Check out Phillies Phandom for more info on the Phils.

The Cardinals once again had production from their latest trade pickups, but they will need the rest of the team to produce to be successful.  Lugo went 2-4 with a run scored, Holliday was 1-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly and Mark DeRosa was 2-4 with a solo home run for this game.  The rest of the team only had three hits and produced no runs as Todd Wellemeyer took the loss.  Wellemeyer(7-9) went 5.2 innings giving up seven runs, five earned on this day.

HanRam takes one for the team

HanRam takes one for the team

The Florida Marlins yesterday were able to derail the best team in the National League, by taking two out of three games from the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers.  Hanley Ramirez finished with three RBI while going 2-4 with a run scored to lead the Marlins and even was retaliated against by Jeff Weaver for having such a game.  Chris Volstad(8-9) worked 5.1 innings giving up eight hits and four runs but that held up for the win by a final of 8-6.  In the bottom of the seventh inning, Burke Badenhop was ejected along with manager Fredi Gonzalez for retaliation for Hanley Ramirez being hit, or so the umps thought so.  Check out  FishGuts for more Marlins insight.

The Marlins were down 8-0 yesterday before fighting back with six runs between the sixth and ninth innings.  James Loney had a two RBI double and an RBI single, Russell Martin had a two home home run an RBI single by Ethier capped the scoring.  Jason Schmidt(1-1) only lasted three innings while getting tagged for five runs and five hits, but only four earned runs.

Kotchman with a bombA

Kotchman with a bomb

The Braves were only up 1-0 yesterday on the Brewers when entering the sixth inning yesterday but Casey Kotchman and the rest of the team wanted to put this one out of reach.  Kotchman hit a three run home run to make it 5-0 in the sixth after Matt Diaz had produced a run with a single before him.  They added five more runs in the final four innings on a McCann and Kelly Johnson home runs, a Prado Sac fly, and a bases loaded walk for Yunel Escobar.  Derek Lowe(10-7) worked six strong innings only giving up a two run home run as the Braves won 10-2 to take the series in Milwaukee.  The Braves Baseball Blog will have more info on the Braves for you.

The Brewers offense was held in check yesterday by Brave pitching except for one inning in the game.  In the sixth inning after falling behind 5-0, Corey Hart hit his 10th home run of the season to cut the lead to 5-2.  Braves relief pitching though couldn’t hold on to allow them to come back.  Braden Looper(9-5) went six innings giving up seven hits and five runs on four walks to take the loss in this one.

Livan rebounds for a good outting

Livan rebounds for a good outting

After the first inning yesterday in Houston, it looked like the same old rubber game for the Mets this season.  Livan Hernandez(7-5) gave up three runs on three consecutive doubles to start the game before the Astros made some baserunning mistakes to get him out of an even bigger inning.  After that, Hernandez settled in for six more innings allowing no more runs than the initial three as the Mets came back to win 8-3.  The Mets had three triples in this game, one each from Luis Castillo, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Reed.  Sean Green worked the final out of the eighth and the ninth inning to get his first save fo the season.  The Mets now return home to face the wild card leading Colorado Rockies for four at Citi Field and hope to bring some momentum with them.  Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more.

Doubles in the first by Miguel Tejada, Carlos Lee and Geoff Blum after a single by Kaz Matsui provided all three runs for the Astros.  Hunter Pence followed with a single by Blum was thrown out at home for the second out by a mile, followed by Pence being caught stealing while Pudge was at bat.  Brian Moehler(7-6) worked 4.2 innings but gave up five runs on eight hits and walked two in taking the loss for the Astros.

Kearns sends fans home happy

Kearns sends fans home happy

The Washington Nationals completed their second straight series victory with a walk off victory against the San Diego Padres.  Austin Kearns with his first at bat of the game, replacing Adam Dunn hit a walk off single which scored Nyjer Morgan to give the Nats a 3-2 victory.  Josh Willingham homered in the seventh to even them with the Padres at 1 and then Adam Dunn singled home Willie Harris in the eighth inning for the lead.  John Lannan worked eight innings but got a no decision as Mike MacDougal blew his first save of the year for the Nationals.  Joe Beimel(1-5) worked two thirds of an inning and qualified for the win.  Centerfieldgate has more info for you on the Nats.

The Padres started Chad Gaudin pitched well but also got a no decision and Luke Gregerson was thankful for Kyle Banks hitting another home run, this time off Mike MacDougal to save him from a loss.  Greg Burke(2-3) took the loss as he was an out away from getting out of the rally when Kearns won the game for the Nats.