Marlins @ Braves-
The game was won, right? Â 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. Â 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. Â This came after Leo Nunez, the Marlins closer, gave up a 2 run game tying home run to Matt Diaz to start the ninth. Â 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. Â 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-
In 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. Â The Padres were swept for only the second time this season and maintain the best record in the NL. Â During the weekend, Phillies pitching gave up only 2 earned runs for an ERA of 0.82 ERA. Â The Phillies would love to see the Padres again as they have won 7 consecutive at Petco. Â The Phillies maintain a 1.5 game lead in the Wild Card Race.
Cardinals @ Nationals-
Even Adam Wainwright couldn’t stop St. Louis’ swoon as they lost to the last place Nationals, 4-2. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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-
It doesn’t matter what R.A. Dickey is asked to do for the Mets, he seems to do it almost every time. Â 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. Â 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. Â The Mets got 4 runs in the second and added a Josh Thole homerun, his second of the season, to help out the cause. Â Dickey’s 9th win came and he lowered his ERA to 2.56 which is top ten in the National League Â 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.