Rodrigo Lopez, who is in for the injured Antonio Bastardo who is in for the injured Brett Myers is trying to keep Pedro Martinez out of the starting rotation as long as possible.Â Lopez(2-0) got his second win of the season while holding the hot Cubs to only one run over six strong innings of work.Â Of course, the Phillies offense which appears unstoppable gave him nine runs of support in those same six innings.Â Raul Ibanez hit a three run home run in the first inning and Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard added home runs later in the game for the surging Phillies, on way to a 10-1 victory.Â Chad Durbin got his 1st save of the year while working three innings of one hit ball to close out the game.Â Check out Phillies Phandom for additional information about the Phils.
Ted Lilly(9-7) was rocked for nine runs(seven earned) and eight hits in only four innings of work for the Cubs and Ryan Theriot produced their only run with an RBI single in the fifth.
The Atlanta Braves are continuing their winning ways, unfortunately for them and the rest of the NL East, the Phillies are too.Â After Tommy Hanson gave up the tying run in the top of the seventh inning to the Giants, Matt Diaz came through driving in what proved to be the two winning runs on a triple in the bottom of the inning.Â Tommy Hanson(5-0) stayed undefeated on a day he probably didn’t figure to factor in the decision.Â The Braves actually scored six runs in the frame to put the game away late, and even added two more in the eighth inning.Â Ryan Church got his first home run as a Brave on this night as well.Â Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more Braves commentary and information.
The Giants got another quality start from Jonathan Sanchez, although not of the no hit variety.Â The Giants offense got him off the hook of a possible loss in the seventh as Sanchez went six innings giving up three runs.Â Sergio Romo(2-1) got the loss while not retiring a batter in the seventh and giving up four earned runs for the Giants.
Hanley Ramirez helped Rick VandenHurk get off to a good start on his trip back to the big leagues.Â Hanley Ramirez homered in the first inning of what turned out to be a 3-2 Marlins win last night in San Diego.Â VandenHurk(1-0) worked six strong innings while giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, but being hurt by the long ball, giving up two home runs.Â Three Marlin relievers got holds during the game and current closer Leo Nunez got his fifth save of the year with Matt Lindstrom out.Â The Marlins used smallball to get their other two runs on a groundout scoring a run and a bases loaded walk both in the seventh inning.Â Check out FishGuts for great info on the Florida Marlins.
San Diego starter Tim Stauffer had his second straight strong start, but once again was not able to get a win, but at least this time he didn’t receive the loss.Â Stauffer left with the lead after the sixth but Greg Burke(2-2) blew the save and took the loss giving up two runs in the seventh inning.Â Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff provided all the offense for the Giants on solo home runs both in the sixth.
Livan Hernandez might be the Nationals worst nightmare…. no, seriously!Â Hernandez has won his last eight decisions this versus the Nats including 3-0 this year.Â Hernandez(6-5) left after seven innings giving up two runs on five hits and two walks and didn’t even reach the 100 pitch mark in that time.Â He was helped by a 2-4 day from Daniel Murphy including two RBI’s and the same two RBI from Jeff Francouer as the Mets won 6-2.Â Francouer now has seven RBI in seven games with the Mets after his ninth inning solo shot. Check out The Real Dirty Mets blog for more.
J.D. Martin(0-1) had a rough first couple innings for the Nationals allowing five runs in those two innings.Â He then settled down but was pulled after four innings giving up five runs on eight hits.Â The Nationals relief pitching was solid, only giving up the ninth inning home run to Francouer in five innings of work between Tyler Clippard and Logan Kensing.Â Josh Bard provided all the offense for them on a double down the line scoring Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns.Â Check out Centerfieldgate for more Nationals info.