Phillies @ Nationals
A day after clinching the NL East for the fourth consecutive year, the Phillies sent out their other Roy with different results. Adam Dunn, the soon to be free agent for the Nationals who’s expressed his desire to remain a Nat, left an impression by hitting a walk off to defeat the NL East champs 2-1. Roy Oswalt went 5 innings giving up 1 unearned run, and Jason Marquis went 7 innings for the Nats striking out 7. Neither figured in the decision. Jose Contreras took the loss after giving up the home run. The Phillies did have some interest in this game as Jimmy Rollins returned to the line up and batted in his usual lead off spot going 1 for 3 in his first bit of action in weeks.
Marlins at Braves
With the division no longer in the discussion, their slim wild card hopes forced the Braves to send Tim Hudson out on limited rest and he did what they asked. On 3 days rest Hudson went 6 innings struck out four, walked four and gave up 7 hits and limited the Marlins to 1 run as the Braves won 3-2. But it was Eric Hinske who hit a 2 run home run against Anibal Sanchez, a pitcher he was previously 0 for 10 against, that was the difference in the game. Six previous times starting on 3 days rest, he’s gone 3 times in the regular season and 3 in the postseason, he’s been stellar as well. The Braves maintain a half game lead over the Giants.
Brewers @ Mets-
With the season all but over for the Metropolitans and major shake up of the team coming, the Mets rallied to win it in the bottom of the ninth inning as players are hoping to secure jobs with the Mets. Carlos Beltran left with knee problems, but light hitting 2b, Ruben Tejada hit a two run double in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Mets 4-3. David Wright also hit a 2 run home run for the Mets who won their 3rd consecutive game. The Mets were previously 0-67 when trailing after 8 innings. Mike Pelfrey went 7.1 innings giving up 3 earned and striking out 3. Elmer Dessens pitched a perfect ninth for New York.