The Phillies did something yesterday they had not done since 1984, sweep the Cubs in Chicago.Â In the fourth inning, Ryan Howard broke out of the longest home run drought of his career, depositing a three run homer that would provide all the runs the Phillies needed with Cliff Lee on the mound.Â Cliff Lee(3-0) went eight strong innings and only allowed six hits and run run, but did walk three to get his third win in as many tries and he is now undefeated in the NL with a 1.12 ERA.Â Pedro Feliz also hit a home run in the fourth inning a few batters after Ryan Howard and drove Howard in for an insurance run in the sixth.Â Phillies Phandom has more on the Phillies sweep.
Ryan Desmpter started out well for the Cubs as through the first three innings he looked virtually unhittable.Â Dempster(6-6) ended up going six innings and gave up all six runs and eight hits in taking a loss for the Cubs.Â Ryan Theriot produced the only run for the Cubs as he drove in Jake Baker in the fifth inning.
Jorge Cantu hit a two run home run for the Marlins and that was the start of another win, and series win for the Marlins.Â They never relinquished that lead and they exploded once starter Mike Hampton left after the fifth against the Astros relief.Â Ronnie Paulino contributed a solo home run in that inning and Hanley Ramirez had a two run single as well.Â Sean West(4-4) went six innings and allowed only one run and was able to cruise to the victory after the sixth inning outburst.Â FishGuts has more information on this win for the Marlins and their march to get closer to the playoffs.
Mike Hampton started yesterdays game with a slightly bum leg.Â Hampton(7-10) lasted five decent innings and left with his team having a shot at the game after allowing six hits and three runs, but allowing two home runs.Â The Bullpen imploded and only Hampton’s RBI single and Darren Erstad’s single in the ninth put a dent in the scoreboard for the Astros.
Jonny Gomes had a humongous games yesterday for the Cincinnati Reds as he went 3-4 with three runs scored and five RBI on THREE straight at bats with a home.Â The Reds did not need much more offense to win this one but Ryan Hanigan also homered and Brandon Phillips had an RBI double late to lead the Reds to the 7-0 win over the Nats.Â Bronson Arroyo(11-11) went the distance while being virtually unhittable giving up only two hits and one walk against the suddenly hapless Nationals.
The Nationals, as CenterfieldGate mentions, have now only scored three runs in their past three games and the offense has completely shut down.Â Ryan Zimmerman did extend his hitting streak with a single, but Christian Guzman’s has ended, with the entire lineup looking terrible.Â Colin Balester(1-2) did not help much either as he only went five innings and allowed five runs and two walks while giving up three home runs.Â CenterfieldGate covers this game and more for all the Nats fans.