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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â The rest of the team only had three hits and produced no runs as Todd Wellemeyer took the loss.Â Wellemeyer(7-9) went 5.2 innings giving up seven runs, five earned on this day.
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â Check outÂ FishGuts for more Marlins insight.
The Marlins were down 8-0 yesterday before fighting back with six runs between the sixth and ninth innings.Â 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.Â Jason Schmidt(1-1) only lasted three innings while getting tagged for five runs and five hits, but only four earned runs.
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â Braves relief pitching though couldn’t hold on to allow them to come back.Â Braden Looper(9-5) went six innings giving up seven hits and five runs on four walks to take the loss in this one.
After the first inning yesterday in Houston, it looked like the same old rubber game for the Mets this season.Â 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.Â 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.Â The Mets had three triples in this game, one each from Luis Castillo, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Reed.Â Sean Green worked the final out of the eighth and the ninth inning to get his first save fo the season.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.
The Washington Nationals completed their second straight series victory with a walk off victory against the San Diego Padres.Â 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.Â 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.Â John Lannan worked eight innings but got a no decision as Mike MacDougal blew his first save of the year for the Nationals.Â Joe Beimel(1-5) worked two thirds of an inning and qualified for the win.Â 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.Â 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.