What’s on Tap 8-30-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 30-08-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Braves, Dodgers, Hiroki Kuroda, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Marquis, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Pat Misch, Phillies, Roy Halladay

Monday’s games:

Braves vs. Mets

The Braves and Mets begin a four-game series tonight in Atlanta. Jiar Jurrjens (5-4, 4.36 ERA) starts for the Braves. Pat Misch (0-3, 3.50 ERA) starts for the Mets. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Marlins vs. Nationals

The Marlins and Nationals go head-to-head as they start a three-game set in Florida. Alex Sanabia (3-1, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for Florida. Jason Marquis (0-7, 8.79 ERA) takes the hill for Washington. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

Phillies vs. Dodgers

The Phillies continue their west coast trip with a three-game set with the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Roy Halladay (16-9, 2.22 ERA) gets the start for Philadelphia. Hiroki Kuroda (9-11, 3.56 ERA) starts for Los Angeles. Game time is 10:10 p.m.

NL EAST RECAP 8/29

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by swithbeatz on 30-08-2010

Marlins @ Braves-

Braves Marlins BaseballThe game was won, right?  That was Brian McCann’s thought as he stood on second base waiting for the umpires to come out and give him the sign to walk the bases and walk the Braves off to a win, his first career walk off home run.  Less than 90 seconds later after going into the dugout, Tim McClellan twirled his finger signaling home run and the Braves danced to yet another walk off win, 7-6.  This came after Leo Nunez, the Marlins closer, gave up a 2 run game tying home run to Matt Diaz to start the ninth.  The reason for all the confusion on McCann’s home run was because it appeared to hit something and come back into the field of play and the umpires thought it was the wall which would’ve made it a double but the umpires looked and saw that it had hit something already in home run territory and bounced back in making it a home run.  The Braves entered the 8th down 6-1 and scored 3 in both the 8th and 9th innings to win the game in stunning fashion.

Phillies @ San Diego-

Phillies Padres BaseballIn a possible playoff preview, Cole Hamels came back to his hometown and gave the Padres a preview of what may happen if they were to face him in October play as he went 8 innings and struck out 6 while allowing 4 hits and no earned runs, beating them 5-0.  The Padres were swept for only the second time this season and maintain the best record in the NL.  During the weekend, Phillies pitching gave up only 2 earned runs for an ERA of 0.82 ERA.  The Phillies would love to see the Padres again as they have won 7 consecutive at Petco.  The Phillies maintain a 1.5 game lead in the Wild Card Race.

Cardinals @ Nationals-

Cardinals Nationals BaseballEven Adam Wainwright couldn’t stop St. Louis’ swoon as they lost to the last place Nationals, 4-2.  John Lannan, formerly sent to Triple A, drove in two early runs and pitched 6 innings of shutout ball and went into the 8th inning to help the Nationals take the series against the Cardinals who are fighting for the NL Central and the Wild Card, 4-2.  Mike Morse hit a two run home run to help Lannan’s case as he also got driven home by Lannan when he hit his double to plate two.  The Cardinals are currently 2-5 on a road trip that featured series against the Pirates and Nationals, two of the NL’s last place teams.

Houston Astros @ New York Mets-

Astros Mets BaseballIt doesn’t matter what R.A. Dickey is asked to do for the Mets, he seems to do it almost every time.  Dickey continuing his magical season scored the first two runs, which became the difference, with a single and helped the Mets in pitching 7 strong innings and letting up only one run in helping the Mets beat the Astros 5-1.  The Mets took the series thanks to an offense that woke up, barely, in scoring 5 runs and helping the Mets climb back to .500.  The Mets got 4 runs in the second and added a Josh Thole homerun, his second of the season, to help out the cause.  Dickey’s 9th win came and he lowered his ERA to 2.56 which is top ten in the National League  as he has all but locked up the most surprising story of the season for the Mets who haven’t had too many things to be happy about.

What’s on Tap 8-29-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 29-08-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Wainwright, Astros, Braves, Bud Norris, Cardinals, Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, John Lannan, Josh Johnson, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, R.A. Dickey

Sunday’s games:

Mets vs. Astros

The Mets look to take the rubber game of their three-game set with Houston. R.A. Dickey (8-5, 2.64 ERA) starts for New York. Bud Norris (6-7, 5.03 ERA) starts for Houston. Game time is 1:10 p.m. in N.Y.

Braves vs. Marlins

The Braves and Marlins close out their series this afternoon in Atlanta. Derek Lowe (11-12, 4.33 ERA) gets the start for the Braves. Josh Johnson (11-5, 2.36 ERA) starts for Florida. First pitch is 1:35 p.m.

Nationals vs. Cardinals

The Nationals send John Lannan (5-6, 5.23 ERA) to the mound in their series finale with the Cardinals this afternoon in D.C. Adam Wainwright (17-8, 2.18 ERA) takes the hill for St. Louis. Game time is 1:35 p.m.

Phillies vs. Padres

Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.47 ERA) and the Phillies take on Clayton Kershaw (12-5, 3.55 ERA) and the Padres in the final game of the series. First pitch is 4:05 p.m. in San Diego.

NL East Recap 8-28

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 29-08-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols, Astros, Brad Davis, Brad Lidge, Brandon Lyon, Braves, Brett Myers, Brian McCann, Cardinals, Carlos Lee, David Wright, donnie murphy, Emilio Bonifacio, Eric Hinske, Felipe Lopez, Gaby Sanchez, Ivan Rodriguez, Jayson Werth, Joe Blanton, Johan Santana, Jon Garland, jon jay, Kyle Lohse, Livan Hernandez, Logan Morrison, Luis Castillo, Marlins, martin prado, matt diaz, Mets, mike sweeney, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, Ricky Nolasco, Roger Bernadina, Shane Victorino, Tim Hudson, Tommy Manzella

Phillies vs. Padres

Phillies Padres BaseballThe Phillies took game two against the Padres Saturday afternoon, winning 3-1. Shane Victorino drove in Philadelphia’s first run in the 5th on a single to center field to score Jayson Werth. San Diego starter Jon Garland helped himself out at the plate in the bottom of the 5th with a single to left field to tie the game. The game remained tied until the top of the 7th when Victorino hit an RBI triple. He would later score on a ground out by Mike Sweeney, making it 3-1 Philadelphia.

Joe Blanton got the win, going 6 innings and giving up one run on six hits while striking out three. Jon Garland took the loss, going 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on three hits while striking out two. Brad Lidge recorded his 18th save for Philadelphia.

Nationals vs. Cardinals

Cardinals Nationals BaseballWashington beat up on the Cardinals 14-5. St. Louis got an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning on a ground-rule double by Albert Pujols and a two-run shot off the bat of Jon Jay. Back-to-back doubles by Kyle Lohse and Felipe Lopez would drive in the Cardinals other two runs in the 5th inning. After scoring a run in the 2nd on an RBI single by Ivan Rodriguez, the Nationals followed with four runs in the 3rd. In the bottom of the 5th, Adam Dunn hit his 32nd home run of the season to make it 8-5 Washington. Roger Bernadina hit his 10th home run of the season to cap off the Nationals six run 8th inning.

Livan Hernandez got the win, going 6.1 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out two. Kyle Lohse took the loss, going 5 innings and allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

Braves vs. Marlins

Braves Marlins BaseballAtlanta snapped a four-game losing streak as they beat the Marlins 12-3. The Braves scored six runs in the 2nd. Matt Diaz led off the inning with a solo shot to center. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Martin Prado walked to force home a run. Brian McCann followed with a three-run double to right field. An RBI single by Prado in the 2nd made it 8-0 Atlanta. Gaby Sanchez scored the Marlins first run in the 3rd on a sacrifice fly by Emilio Bonifacio. Atlanta responded in the bottom of the inning with two more runs thanks to a home run by Eric Hinske and a fielding error by Florida’s Logan Morrison allowing Diaz to score. In the 7th, Prado hit a two-run homer to make it 12-1 Braves. Prado had five RBIs for Atlanta. Florida tagged on a run in the 8th and 9th on a double by Donnie Murphy and single by Brad Davis.

Tim Hudson pitched 7 strong innings to get the win, giving up one run on six hits while striking out a career-high 13. Ricky Nolasco only lasted 2 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits.

Mets vs. Astros

Astros Mets BaseballThe Mets dropped the second game of their three-game series with Houston by a score of 4-1. Singles by Carlos Lee and Tommy Manzella gave the Astros a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Lee hit a two-run home run in the 5th to make it 4-0. The Mets offensive woes continued as they went 1-10 with runners in scoring position. The only run for New York came in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI single by David Wright to drive in Luis Castillo.

Brett Myers got the win and extended his streak of pitching 6 complete innings to 27 games. Myers went 7 innings and gave up no runs on six hits while striking out six. Meanwhile, Johan Santana’s streak of three straight complete games came to and end with  the loss. Santana went 7 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out four.   Brandon Lyon recorded his 9th save of the season for Houston.

NL East Recap 8-24

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 25-08-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Kennedy, Alex Gonzalez, Alfonso Soriano, Angel Pagan, Atlanta Braves, Bud Norris, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Lee, Carlos Marmol, Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs, Clay Hensley, Cole Hamels, Colorado Rockies, david herndon, Derek Lowe, Dexter Fowler, Florida Marlins, Gaby Sanchez, Hisanori Takahashi, Houston Astros, Huston Street, Ike davis, Jeff Francoeur, Jeff Fulchino, Jimmy Rollins, John Lannan, Jorge De La Rosa, Josh Johnson, Luis Castillo, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, R.A. Dickey, Raul Ibanez, Roy Oswalt, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Seth Smith, Tyler Colvin, Washington Nationals, Will Ohman, Wilton Lopez

Phillies vs. Astros

The Phillies and Astros played a wild game Tuesday night in Philadelphia.  The game featured a pitcher’s duel, ninth inning home run, and a key ejection that forced the Phillies to use a pitcher in the field.  In the end, the Astos defeated the Phillies by a score of 4-2 in a 16 inning marathon.

Astros Phillies BaseballThe Astros got on the board first in the fourth inning when Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer off of Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels.  The Phils got a run back off of Houston starter Bud Norris in the sixth on a Raul Ibanez RBI double, but the Astros held on to a 2-1 lead entering the ninth inning.    With two outs in the ninth, Jimmy Rollins blasted a solo home run off of Houston reliever Wilton Lopez to tie the game and send it to extra innings.  Then things got really interesting.

 Neither team could find a way to score in extra frames.  In the bottom of the 14th, Ryan Howard came up with two runners on and two outs.  Howard had two check swings ruled strikes by third base umpire Scott Barry, the last being strike three.  When Howard tossed his bat and helmet after the strike out, Barry ejected Howard, causing the Phillies first baseman to charge towards the umpire before being restrained.  The ejection left the Phillies short a position player, and forced manager Charlie Manuel to insert pitcher Roy Oswalt in left field. 

The Astros finally broke the tie in the top of the 16th off of reliever David Herndon (1-3), scratching out two runs on an infield single and fielder’s choice.  In the bottom of the inning, Howard’s ejection loomed large again.   Astros’ reliever Jeff Fulchino (1-0) retired the first two batters, but after walking Placido Polanco, Houston intentionally walked Chase Utley to bring up “clean up hitter” Roy Oswalt.   Fulchino got Oswalt to ground out to end the game and give Houston the victory.

 

Marlins vs. Mets

 The Mets’ slumbering offense knocked out Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson after five innings and used single runs in the final two innings to defeat Florida by a score of 6-5 at Citi Field.

APTOPIX Marlins Mets BaseballThe Mets broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fifth off of Johnson, thanks to an RBI single by Carlos Beltran and Jeff Francoeur‘s second sacrifice fly of the game.  Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey kept the Mets in the lead until the seventh.  With two outs and two on in the seventh, Dickey allowed a three-run homer to Gaby Sanchez to give Florida a 5-4 lead.  However, the Mets came back against the Marlins’ bullpen.

With two outs in the eighth, Angel Pagan doubled and Beltran drove in his second run of the game with a run-scoring single off of Clay Hensley to tie the game at 5.   After Hisanori Takahashi (8-6) retired the Marlins in the top of the ninth, Luis Castillo hit a two-out single off of Will Ohman (0-2) to score Ike Davis and give the Mets the walk-off victory.

 

Nationals vs. Cubs

The Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and closer Carlos Marmol survived a shaky ninth as Chicago held on to defeat the Nationals 5-4 in Washington.

Cubs Nationals BaseballNationals’ starter John Lannan (5-6) allowed a three-run homer to Alfonso Soriano and a two-run shot to Tyler Colvin as the Cubs built a 5-1 lead.  Meanwhile, Zambrano (5-6) allowed just one run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight.   Marmol entered the game in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, but struck out Ian Desmond to keep the score at 5-1.

In the ninth, Marmol created his own bases loaded mess, and with two outs, Adam Kennedy cleared the bases with a three-run double to cut Chicago’s lead to 5-4.  Luckily for the Cubbies, Marmol rebounded to retire Ryan Zimmerman on a fly ball to preserve the victory.  Despite allowing three runs, Marmol was credited with his 23rd save of the season since he entered the game with the tying run at the plate.

 

Braves vs. Rockies

The first place Atlanta Braves received a solid starting pitching performance from Derek Lowe, but the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa was better on Tuesday night, and the Braves fell by a score of 5-2 in Colorado.

Braves Rockies BaseballThe Rockies opened the scoring when Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off of Lowe (11-12) in the bottom of the first.  The Braves got a run back in the second off of De La Rosa (5-4) on an Alex Gonzalez solo shot, but Rockies got that run back with a Seth Smith home run in the sixth.  Alex Gonzalez cut the Rockies lead to 3-2 with a seventh inning RBI single, but that was as close as the Braves would get.

The Rockies added some insurance in the eighth inning courtesy of a Dexter Fowler two-run single.  Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his 12th save of the season.

NL EAST RECAP 8/21

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by swithbeatz on 22-08-2010

Washington @ Philadelphia-

Nationals Phillies BaseballStephen Strassburg’s starts are must see T.V..  But what Nats fans must have seen last night may be something they won’t want to TIVO in the future.  Strassburg came out of the game complaining about his forearm, the second time he came out of a game in a month.  The Nats however did take over for Strassburg after he went out in the 5th inning and went on to win the game 8-1.  The Nats got offense from Roger Bernadinha who hit a 3 run home run, rookie SS Ian Desmond had four hits to help lead the Nats offense who came alive in support of their young ace.  The Nats battered Kyle Kendrick and Strassburg hadn’t thrown a pitch and he had a 3-0 lead already.  The Nats are going to put Strasburg under an MRI Sunday.

Mets @ Pirates-

Mets Pirates BaseballIts been so hard for the Mets to find a road series victory that perhaps the only way they could do so was by winning a rain-shortened game.  That’s exactly what they did, as they beat the Pirates 5-1.  David Wright hit a 3 run home run in the 5th inning and the game was called off due to heavy rain after the inning.  Jon Niese went the “distance” in securing the first road series victory of the season of the Mets in the NL.  They already had beaten the Yankees earlier this year.  Niese pitched his third complete game of the season and got the win, not bad for a guy who had gone 7 innings and given up a run in his last three starts only to get no-decisions on each.  The Mets offense has been that pitiful.  The Mets go for the sweep Sunday.

Braves @ Cubs-

Braves Cubs BaseballThe Braves just couldn’t pull it off again tonight.  In what is becoming a magical final ride for their lame duck manager, Bobby Cox, the Braves could not get any damage off of Carlos Marmol as the Cubs won, 5-4.  The Braves however did score three runs in the 8th after Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny pitched into the 7th only allowing one run.  The bullpen which has been the weak link for Chicago gave up 3 runs in the top of the 8th but Sean Marshall got out of his own mess and gave it over to Marmol who the night before had given up a 3 run triple to Rick Ankiel.

Houston @ Florida-

Astros Marlins BaseballSeason best winning streaks usually take a bit of rare magic that you don’t see everyday, and in the Marlins 6-3 win, that’s exactly what they got.  A baseball rarity, the back to back triple by Cody Ross and Wes Helms helped the Marlins tie and then take the lead over the Astros as the Marlins won for the 5th consecutive time.  Wandy Rodriguez struck out 10 and had a three game winning streak snapped by the streaking Marlins who had 6 strong innings by Chris Volstad for the win.  The Marlins go for the sweep Sunday but not with Ricky Nolasco who sustained an injury during batting practice Friday, and will be replaced by Andrew Miller who was called up from Triple A.  Gaby Sanchez added a two run double and Wes Helms knocked in two more insurance runs.

NL East Recap 8-20

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 21-08-2010

Tagged Under : anibel sanchez, Atlanta Braves, Brad Lidge, Carlos Marmol, Chase Utley, Chicago Cubs, Chris Carter, Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Derrek Lee, Florida Marlins, Hector Luna, J.A. Happ, Jason Marquis, Jeff Karstens, Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Raul Ibanez, Rick Ankiel, Roy Halladay, Ryan Dempster, Washington Nationals

Braves vs. Cubs

Derrek Lee went hitless in his Braves debut against his former team, but Atlanta mounted another late-inning rally and defeated the Cubs 5-3 in Chicago.

 

Braves Cubs BaseballCubs’ starter Ryan Dempster allowed just two runs and four hits over eight innings.  Chicago handed the ball to closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth to try to protect a 3-2 lead.  Marmol (2-3) walked the bases loaded, and then allowed a bases-clearing triple to Braves outfielder Rick Ankiel to give the Braves a 5-3 lead.  Billy Wagner allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, but retired the next three batters to earn save number 30.  Atlanta reliever Peter Moylan (5-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the victory.

 

 

Nationals vs. Phillies

The Phillies scored an early run, and ace Roy Halladay made sure it held up as the Phils defeated the Nationals 1-0 in Philadelphia.

 

Nationals Phillies BaseballThe game’s lone run came in the third inning when Raul Ibanez doubled home Chase Utley off of Nats’ starter Jason Marquis (0-6).   Halladay (16-8) allowed eight hits and three walks over seven innings, but didn’t allow a run to score.  The Nationals finished the game with 10 hits, but stranded 12 baserunners in the shutout.  Phils’ closer Brad Lidge came on in the ninth and earned his 17th save.

 

 

Mets vs Pirates

The Mets offense finally woke up in Pittsburgh, and Mike Pelfrey pitched eight solid innings in New York’s 7-2 victory over the Pirates.

 

Mets Pirates BaseballThe Mets scored three runs in the top of the first off of Pirates’ starter Jeff Karstens (2-10), and added two more runs in the third and fourth innings.   Jose Reyes and David Wright paced the offense with three hits apiece, and Chris Carter added a home run and two RBI for the Mets.  Pelfrey (12-7) allowed just two runs (one earned) and five hits in his eight innings, striking out five.

 

 

Marlins vs. Astros

Anibel Sanchez was dominant, and Florida’s offense exploded late in the Marlins’ 9-0 victory over the Houston Astros in Miami.

 

Astros Marlins BaseballHouston starter J.A. Happ (3-2) allowed a run in the first inning, and then held the Marlins scoreless until the sixth inning when Dan Uggla hit a two-run single.  Sanchez helped his own cause with a run-scoring single in the seventh, and the Marlins added three more runs in the inning to build a 7-0 lead.  Cody Ross and Hector Luna hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning for Florida to cap the scoring.   Sanchez (10-8) allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings, and the Florida bullpen pitched two perfect innings to close out the victory.

What’s on Tap 8-20-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 20-08-2010

Tagged Under : Anibal Sanchez, Astros, Braves, Cubs, J.A. Happ, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Marquis, Jeff Karstens, Marlins, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Roy Halladay, Ryan Dempster

Friday’s games:

Braves vs. Cubs

The Braves begin their series with the Cubs tonight in Chicago. Jair Jurrjens (5-4, 3.92 ERA) starts for Atlanta. Ryan Dempster (11-8, 3.62 ERA) starts for Chicago. Game time is 2:20 p.m.

Mets vs. Pirates

The Mets send Mike Pelfrey (11-7, 3.95 ERA) to the mound as they begin their series with the Pirates. Jeff Karstens (2-9, 4.57 ERA) starts for the Pirates. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

Nationals vs. Phillies

The Nationals and Phillies face off in Philadelphia. Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33 ERA) starts for Washington. Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24 ERA) starts for Philadelphia. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Marlins vs. Astros

The Marlins begin a weekend series against the Astros in Florida. Anibal Sanchez (9-8, 3.31 ERA) takes the mound for Florida. J.A. Happ (2-1, 4.66 ERA) gets the start for Houston. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

NL East Recap 8-19

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 20-08-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Andrew McCutchen, Angel Pagan, Angel Sanchez, Argenis Diaz, Astros, Brandon Lyon, Braves, Bud Norris, Buster Posey, Carlos Lee, Chris Carter, chris snyder, Cody Ross, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, Gaby Sanchez, Giants, Hunter Pence, Ian Desmond, Jeff Francoeur, John Lannan, Jonathan Sanchez, Jose Guillen, Juan Uribe, Kyle Farnsworth, Leo Nunez, Marlins, matt diaz, Mets, Michael Morse, mike sweeney, Nationals, Nyjer Morgan, Pablo Sandoval, Pat Misch, Paul Maholm, Phillies, Pirates, Roger Bernadina, Ryan Zimmerman, Sergio Romo, Wes Helms, Willie Harris

Braves vs. Nationals

Nationals Braves BaseballThe Nationals took the final game of their series with the Braves by a score of 6-2. Michael Morse got things started for Washington in the 2nd inning, hitting his 9th home run of the season to left field. The next inning, Nyjer Morgan scored on an RBI single off the bat of Ian Desmond to make it 2-0 Nats. Washington tagged on two more runs in the 6th on a double by Roger Bernadina, followed by a single from Ryan Zimmerman. Willie Harris also contributed to the Nationals offense with a two-run home run in the 9th off Atlanta’s Kyle Farnsworth. The only two runs for Atlanta came in the bottom of the 6th thanks to a two-run RBI double off the bat of Matt Diaz.

Washington’s John Lannan got the win, going 5.1 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out five. Derek Lowe took the loss for Atlanta, going 7 innings and allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six.

Marlins vs. Pirates

Marlins Pirates BaseballThe Marlins won the series finale against the Pirates by a score of 4-2. The game was scoreless until the 6th inning when the Marlins put up four runs in the inning. Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run home run to center field. A few batters later, Wes Helms hit an RBI single to drive home Cody Ross. A ground-rule double in the bottom of the 8th by Argenis Diaz to score Chris Snyder put Pittsburgh on the board. The Pirates added another run in the bottom of the 9th with a solo shot off the bat of Andrew McCutchen.

Alex Sanabia got the win for Florida, going 7.2 innings and giving up one run on four hits while striking out five. Paul Maholm took the loss for Pittsburgh, going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out two. Leo Nunez recorded his 28th save for Florida.

Phillies vs. Giants

Giants Phillies BaseballThe Phillies lost to the Giants 5-2, and are now only one game up on San Francisco in the wild card. An RBI double by Buster Posey followed by back-to-back RBI singles by Jose Guillen and Juan Uribe gave the Giants a three-run lead in the 1st inning. Another double by Posey in the 3rd and a home run by Pablo Sandoval in the 4th gave San Francisco a 5-0 lead. The Phillies were only able to get two hits off Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez. Philadelphia’s two runs came in the bottom of the 9th on a double by Mike Sweeney off reliever Sergio Romo.

Sanchez got the win for San Francisco, going 8 innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out seven. Cole Hamels, who once again got little run support, took the loss, going 5 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out five.

Mets vs. Astros

Mets Astros BaseballThe Mets fell to the Astros 3-2. New York scored two runs in the 4th inning. The first run coming on a ground out by Jeff Francoeur to score Angel Pagan. The second on an RBI single by Chris Carter. Houston was held to just one hit through 6 innings by Pat Misch, who retired 16 straight, but broke through in the 7th. After singles by Angel Sanchez and Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee hit a three-run home run to give the Astros a 3-2 lead.

Bud Norris got the win for Houston, going 7 innings and allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four. Pat Misch took the loss, going 6 innings and giving up three runs on four hits while striking out one. Brandon Lyon got the save for Houston.

What’s on Tap 8-19-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 19-08-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Astros, Braves, Bud Norris, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, Giants, John Lannan, Jonathan Sanchez, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Pat Misch, Paul Maholm, Phillies, Pirates

Thursday’s games:

Braves vs. Nationals

The Braves and Nationals close out their series this afternoon as Atlanta goes for the sweep of Washington. Derek Lowe (11-10, 4.29 ERA) starts for Atlanta. John Lannan (4-5, 5.23 ERA) starts for Washington. Game time is 1:05 p.m. in Atlanta.

Marlins vs. Pirates

The Marlins send Alex Sanabia (1-1, 4.63 ERA) to the mound in the series finale against the Pirates tonight in Pittsburgh. Paul Maholm (7-11, 4.86 ERA) gets the start for the Pirates. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

Phillies vs. Giants

The Phillies look to extend their lead in the NL wild card with a win tonight against the Giants. Cole Hamels (7-9, 3.33 ERA) gets the start for Philadelphia. Jonathan Sanchez (8-8, 3.60 ERA) starts for San Francisco. Game time is 7:05 p.m. in Philadelphia.

Mets vs. Astros

The Mets take on the Astros in their series finale tonight in Houston. Pat Misch (0-1, 1.50 ERA) makes the start for New York. Bud Norris (5-7, 5.42 ERA) takes the mound for Houston. First pitch is 8:05 p.m.