Chase Utley and the Phillies were able to get back in the win column on Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Citi Field, ruining the Mets ’69 World Series celebration.Â After being shut out for five innings, Chase Utley got to the Mets relief pitchers with a two run home run, and the Phillies needed no more.Â Starter J.A. Happ(10-2) gave up one run over seven innings scattering eight hits and got his 10th win of the season, to continue leading all rookies.Â Brad Lidge got his 24th save of the season and Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Feliz added RBI’s for the Phillies, Phillies Phandom will have more information on the Phillies.
Tim Redding started the game for the Mets after Livan Hernandez was released and pitched five shutout, one hit innings before giving way to the relief corp.Â Pat Misch(0-1) came in to start the sixth after being recalled and walked Victorino and gave up the two run shot to Utley immediately afterwards, taking the loss.Â The Mets only recorded a run on a single by Omir Santos in the second which scored Jeff Francouer from third.Â The Real Dirty Mets Blog will have more on the Mets loss.
Two home runs and four runs in the first inning yesterday proved to be all the offense Atlanta would get, but more importantly, all they would need in a 4-3 victory.Â Omar Infante led off the game with a home run for the Braves, LaRoche added an RBI single and finally Yunel Escobar capped the inning with a two run blast scoring LaRoche, and Hanson cruised.Â Tommy Hanson(9-2) went seven innings giving up three runs on four hits while striking out seven in keeping the Braves playoff hopes alive.Â Rafael Soriano worked the ninth to get his 19th save of the season.Â The Braves Baseball Blog has more.
Chris Volstad(9-10) only got through four innings of work, but except for a bad blemish in the first, had a pretty solid start.Â Volstad was charged with four runs on six hits and all four runs coming in the first inning, but the Marlins offense could not get him off the hook.Â The Marlins got their three runs in the fifth on a double by Wes Helms and then a two run single by Jorge Cantu.Â The Marlins looks to take the series today in Atlanta, but FishGuts has more on the team.
The Milwaukee Brewers appear to have found the Nationals of early season, as they took their second in a row by a score of 11-9 on Saturday.Â Ths win did not come easy though, after being up 7-0 going to the bottom of the second, Mike Burns and the Brewers relief let the Nats right back in the game.Â Casey McGehee went 2-5 for the Brewers but drove in the eventual winning run, and Mike Cameron contributed four hits and three runs and three RBI including a home run during the victory.Â Chris Narverson(1-0) picked up the win as he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and Trevor Hoffman got his 27th save of the season in this game.
John Lannan may have had his worst start of the year in this one, going only 1.2 innings and allowing seven earned runs and putting the Nats in an early hole.Â Luckily, they got him off the hook, but still lost the game.Â Ronnie Belliard produced the biggest blow with a grand slam home run in the third and had two other hits and a total of two runs scored.Â Jason Bergmann(2-2) took the loss as he worked one inning giving up two hits and a run.Â CenterfieldGate has more on the Nationals latest losing streak.