Entering our final week of the season and recaps..here we go
Joe Blanton helped the Phillies finally cut some games off their magic number yesterday as he helped them win in Milwaukee 6-5.Â Blanton(12-7) did not have one of his best games of the year, but went 5.2 innings and allowed seven hits and five runs on 124 pitches for the win.Â Jimmy Rollins led off with a solo home run and Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino had RBI doubles to put the Phils up 4-0 in the second inning.Â Ryan Madson got his ninth save of the year but did give up a double to Prince Fielder to make it anothe r stressful game.Â Check out Phillies Phandom for more on this game and the Phils march to the postseason.
For a while in this one, it looked like the Brewers might be blown out, but in the sixth, they got a bit closer.Â Matt Gamel, the rookie had a three run home run scoring Cameron and Escobar and Ryan Braun later singled home Corey Hart to make it a one run game.Â Dave Bush(5-9) was chased after only 4.1 innings of work and giving up nine hits and five runs for the Brewers and taking the loss in this one.
The Braves were looking for a sweep yesterday and some tenth inning heroics helped them get that win 6-3.Â Brian McCann grounded out to score Nate McLouth to put them ahead 4-3 and then Omar Infante put the insurance runs on with a two run single scoring Martin Prado and Chipper Jones.Â Mike Gonzalez(5-4) got credit for the win as he pitched the ninth giving up only one hit and Rafael Soriano got his 27th save of the season with a perfect bottom of the tenth inning, check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more on this incredible run by the Braves.
Well, one goo thing in this game was Zimmerman and Willingham hitting back to back home runs in the first inning to put the Nats up early, unfortunately the lead didn’t last.Â Livan Hernandez pitched 6.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits for a solid Livan type start, but MacDougal couldn’t hold the tie for the Nats.Â MacDougal(1-1) gave up two hits and three runs in his one inning of work, sending the Nats to the sweep, check out Centerfield Gate for more.
Pat Misch helped the Mets extract a bit of revenge on the pesky Marlins yesterday, winning 4-0.Â Pat Misch(2-4) went a full nine innings allowing eight hits and three walks , but no runs as the Mets eliminated the Marlins from the Playoffs, as was done to them the past two seasons.Â Jeff Francouer continued a solid half season as a Met going 2-5 with two runs scored and a two run home run as well.Â Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for insight on the Mets offseason plans or what they should do at least.
Chris Volstad definitely lost his good stuff this year, and needs to find it in the offense.Â Volstad(9-13) went only four innings and allowed five hits and three runs with the big blow being the home run to Francouer.Â Even worse, the Marlins could not manage a run in the game, with Coghlan and Maybin leading the way with two hits, check out FishGuts for the latest on the Marlins.