First pics from Spring Training

Filed Under (Dirty, mrose, The Real Dirty Mets Blog) by mrose on 11-03-2011

Tagged Under : Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, spring training

DirtySanchez of Real Dirty Mets Blog and I attended the Red Sox at Mets game in Port St Lucie on Sunday. In addition to meeting Ted Berg of TedQuarters , we got to see some great action, talk to some Mets players and take some pictures.

Dirty and I will be heading back down this Sunday and more than likely one or both of us will get to a game each weekend throughout the rest of spring training, and likely Opening Weekend in Miami.

We will attempt to report more next week, but I know at least for myself, this has been a busy week in “the real world”, but please enjoy some of the pictures we took here!

Please keep following @nleastchatter and @realdirtymets on twitter for Spring Training updates when we go!

And as always, we can always use writers for this site and all NL East teams, contact mrose@nleastchatter.com

NL East Daily Recap from 7-31-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap, Dirty) by mrose on 01-08-2009

Tagged Under : Andre Either, Andrew McCutchen, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Brendan Donnelly, Carlos Marmol, Chad Qualls, Chicago Cubs, Chris Volstad, Cliff Lee, Cristian Guzman, Dan Uggla, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Doug Davis, Esmerling Vasquez, Gerardo Parra, Jason Schmidt, Jeff Francoeur, John Baker, John Lannan, Jon Rauch, Justin Upton, Lastings Milledge, Leo Nunez, Livan Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Reynolds, Matt Capps, Matt Lindstrom, Miguel Montero, New York Mets, Nick Johnson, Omir Santos, Pedro Feliciano, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Sadowski, Ryan Zimmerman, San Fransisco Giants, Sean Green, Tommy Hanson, Washington Nationals, Wes Helms

Cliff Lee made a good first impression

Cliff Lee made a good first impression

Cliff Lee (1-0) pitched a four-hitter, carrying a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and even adding two hits with the bat, and the Phillies felt an immediate impact two days after acquiring the left-hander from Cleveland, beating the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Friday night. He dazzled from the start for the World Series champions, tossing his 11th career complete game, fourth this season and third in four starts. Lee’s line: one run, six strikeouts, two walks, 109 pitches and 78 strikes. He was done in 2 hours, 39 minutes. Lee doubled in the eighth for his first career extra-base hit and that gave him his first multihit game—and doubled his previous career hit total. Giants rookie Ryan Sadowski (2-4) lost his fourth straight start after beginning his career 2-0 with 16 scoreless innings. He was done after four innings and 82 pitches after feeling some tightness in his shoulder and arm. He hasn’t gone longer than five during his losing streak.

Chris keeps the cubbies at bay

Chris keeps the cubbies at bay

Three Florida relievers shut out the Chicago Cubs over the final 2 1-3 innings Friday night, while the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth against Carlos Marmol for a 5-2 victory. Brendan Donnelly (1-0), who has yet to allow a run in 10 innings with Florida, retired two batters in the eighth for his first NL victory. Leo Nunez pitched a hitless ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances. The relievers combined with starter Chris Volstad on a seven-hitter against the Cubs, who had scored 12 runs in each of the past two games. Florida’s relievers will get a reinforcement Saturday with the return of closer Matt Lindstrom, sidelined since June 23 by an elbow injury. The Marlins have won eight of their last 10 games to surge into wild-card contention, and they were buoyed by the addition of Washington first baseman Nick Johnson minutes before Friday’s trade deadline. He’s expected to be in the lineup Saturday. The score was 2-all when Marmol (2-2) came into the game in the eighth with a scoreless streak of 8 1-3 innings, but he walked the first two batters. Dan Uggla scored from second on Baker’s hit, and Helms doubled to hike his average as a pinch-hitter to .387.

Brian is not a happy camper

Brian is not a happy camper

Schmidt (2-1) walked five and struck out three in six innings, his longest start since going six innings for the Dodgers at San Diego on June 5, 2007. Six scoreless innings, his longest start in more than two years, lifted Schmidt’s spirits and Andre Ethier hit a homer and drove in four runs to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night. Ethier hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Tommy Hanson (5-2) and added a run-scoring double in the ninth.“It’s the first time I’ve ever faced him that he’s not thrown me a changeup,” Jones said. “There’s just not that much difference between his changeup and his fastball right now. … But his curveball is much improved.” Hanson gave up eight hits and four runs in six innings to lose his second straight start.

So close...yet so far

So close...yet so far

Sean Green and the New York Mets were on their way to escaping a mess in the eighth inning Friday night when the reliever’s control failed him again. Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Green (1-3) hit Upton with a pitch and walked Reynolds after Pedro Feliciano gave up a leadoff single to Gerardo Parra. The Mets looked as if they might escape after Daniel Murphy turned a nifty 3-2-3 double play but Green’s next pitch bounced away from catcher Omir Santos and Upton scampered home to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead. Esmerling Vasquez (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh, Jon Rauch worked the eighth and Chad Qualls finished for his 19th save. David Wright and Daniel Murphy homered for New York, which has lost its last two after winning five straight. Livan Hernandez gave up two runs and four hits in six innings. Reynolds hit a 415-foot drive to center in the second for his 29th homer and Montero connected in the fourth, reaching the upper deck in right for his 10th of the season. Reynolds had two hits and is batting .396 (21 for 53) since the All-Star break. “We never put a lot of guys on base,” Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur said. “We never had the chance for a big inning. Doug Davis, he has us all off balance.”

The last of the pirates do battle

The last of the pirates do battle

Ross Ohlendorf (9-8) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, Matt Capps earned his 21st save and Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 3 for the Pirates. Ryan Zimmerman homered and Cristian Guzman went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Nationals, who have lost three straight. The last-place teams met on a trade deadline day that included the first game for their respective watered-down rosters. In front of his rebuilt former team, Lastings Milledge made a good first impression on the new-look Pittsburgh Pirates. Milledge’s hits came in the third and seventh off Nationals starter John Lannan (7-8), but the left fielder misplayed Guzman’s sinking liner into an RBI double with Hanrahan on the mound in the eighth. Lannan entered the game having allowed a total of two runs in his past two starts but was charged with more than three earned runs in a game for only the third time in his past 20 outings. He allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings. “I had it bad out there today, but I took some positives out of it,” Lannan said. “You knew that something was going to happen today. Nick’s a great ballplayer and Joe helps any staff. On deadline day, you know a lot of things are going to go down, so it really didn’t affect my mentality.”

NL East Daily Recap for 7-11-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap, Dirty) by mrose on 12-07-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Chase Utley, Chris Stammen, Cincinnati Reds, Cole Hamels, Colorado Rockies, David Wright, Florida Marlins, Huston Astros, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Marquis, Jay Bruce, Jeff Francoeur, Jimmy Rollins, Johan Santana, Johnny Cueto, Jon Garland, Josh Willingham, Justin Upton, Matt Capps, Matt Stairs, Mike Hampton, New York Mets, Nick Johnson, Paul Bako, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Soriano, Raul Ibanez, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Howard, Sean West, Seth Smith, Tyler Walker, Washington Nationals

Walk off single

Walk off single

Ryan Howard’s tying homer in the ninth helped the Phillies complete a memorable comeback. Paul Bako’s single gave Philadelphia an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night, giving them wins in eight of their past nine games. The Phillies trailed 7-3 before pinch-hitter Matt Stairs led off the ninth with a homer off Matt Capps (1-5). Jimmy Rollins walked and stole second, his third steal of the game, and Chase Utley followed with a one-out single to left. Howard followed Utley by blasting a 1-0 pitch to tie the game at 7. Raul Ibanez, playing in his first game after missing 20 with a groin injury, then hit a ground-rule double to center. After an intentional walk to Jayson Werth and an infield single by Pedro Feliz, Bako lined a 2-2 pitch to left, sending a crowd that included Vice President Joe Biden home happy. Tyler Walker(1-0) pitched one scoreless inning of relief. Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, lasted six innings while allowing five runs on seven hits—all extra-base hits. The left-hander has allowed at least seven hits in six of his last seven starts and is 1-3 in that stretch. Pittsburgh starter Ross Ohlendorf held the Phillies to five hits while allowing three runs and striking out five. The right-hander matched his career high with four walks.

Mr. West Through the wire

Mr. West Through the wire

With one day to go until the All-Star break, the second-place Marlins fell four games behind Philadelphia in the NL East. Florida opens the second half of the season with a four-game series against the Phillies in Miami. Although he has pitched well lately, Garland (5-8) had gone nine starts without a victory and won for the first time since May 19—also against Florida. The Diamondbacks entered 8-16 against left-handed starters but jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first against Sean West (3-4). All-Star Justin Upton matched a career high with four hits, Jon Garland allowed one run in eight innings and the Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 5-1 on Saturday night.

Closing out

Closing out

Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and singled twice for his first career multihit game to drive in a run and score another, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Saturday night. Jurrjens (7-7) won for just the second time in his last eight starts. He had taken five losses in that span, including four in which he received two or fewer runs in offensive support. Rafael Soriano, the last of five Braves pitchers, allowed a bloop single to Seth Smith to start the ninth inning but then struck out the side for his 12th save in 13 opportunities. Colorado starter Jason Marquis (11-6) went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits but was denied in his bid for a major league-leading 12th win.

Loaded French Fries the Reds

Loaded French Fries the Reds

Francoeur had a two-run single in his Mets debut and Johan Santana pitched seven sharp innings, leading New York to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Santana (10-7) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one, taking advantage of some rare run support. New York scored seven runs in the left-hander’s previous five starts. While the Mets were all smiles, the Reds had a rough night. Johnny Cueto (8-6) turned in another shaky start, and right fielder Jay Bruce broke his right wrist trying to make a sliding catch. Cueto gave up four runs and nine hits over five innings, dropping to 2-3 with a 7.31 ERA in his last six starts. It was the right-hander’s first game since he allowed a career-high nine runs while recording just two outs in a 22-1 loss at Philadelphia. Bruce went down when he rushed in trying to grab David Wright’s blooper in the first inning. He got his glove on the ball, but it came out as his wrist folded back awkwardly.

Home Plate saw alot of action

Home Plate saw alot of action

Stammen (2-4) gave up nine hits in his first complete game and Washington’s fourth this season. He threw only 107 pitches, taking more chances with Houston’s hitters because of the lopsided score. Houston starter Mike Hampton (5-6) gave up nine hits in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He pored over a video replay of his performance and didn’t think he pitched that poorly. Nick Johnson, Josh Willingham and Dunn homered in consecutive at-bats and the Nationals set season highs for hits and runs. Washington had three straight shots for the first time since the franchise relocated from Montreal in 2005 and the 21 hits were the most since the move.

NL East Daily Recap from 7-10-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap, Dirty) by mrose on 11-07-2009

Tagged Under : Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Bronson Arroyo, Carols Beltran, Chipper Jones, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Dan Harren, Dereck Lowe, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Geoff Blum, Hunter Pence, Huston Astros, Jeff Fulchino, joe beimel, Joe Blanton, Lance Berkman, Michael Bourn, Miguel Tejada, Mike MacDougal, Milton Prado, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ricky Nolasco, Roy Oswalt, Ubaldo Jimenez, Washington Nationals, Zack Duke

Tough Luck Loss

Tough Luck Loss

Nieve (3-3) pitched decently but lost his third straight outing following a 3-0 start with New York. He gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. Following a 28-21 start, the Mets have gone 12-24 since May and dropped five games under .500 for the first time since an 0-5 start in 2005 under new manager Willie Randolph. They’ve fallen 6 1/2 games behind first-place Philadelphia.Before the game, New York traded Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves for Jeff Francoeur and cash in a swap of outfielders who had fallen out of favor with their teams. Arroyo (9-8), who had been 1-5 in seven outings since May,  struck out five and walked none in his eighth complete game in 211 starts. Since Beltran last played June 21, New York has scored three runs or fewer in 13 of 18 games and been shut out five times. The Mets have three shutout losses in a five-game span for the first time since getting blanked three times in a row July 25-27, 1992, according to STATS LLC.

Lowe's back on track

Lowe's back on track

Lowe (8-7) was 0-4 in five starts since beating the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 9. He ended his personal skid with what he said was his best game all season. He gave up one run and four hits, struck out five and walked one. He left after a 52-minute rain delay that began at the end of the sixth inning. Lowe entered the game 2-4 with a 6.23 ERA in nine starts in Denver, but he felt he was due for a strong outing in the Mile High air. “I came in this time believing I could pitch a good game here,” Lowe said. “To be able to pitch this well in a place I struggled and the way I had pitched the last five games in really important.” Jimenez (6-9), who no-hit Arizona for 6 2-3 innings in his last outing, is 0-3 in his last four starts. He gave up two runs and six hits, struck out eight and walked one in six innings. Lowe got all the support he needed in the first when Martin Prado and Chipper Jones had consecutive one-out singles, and one out later, Anderson knocked in both with a double to right-center.

No 10 run inning tonight..

No 10 run inning tonight..

One night after blowing a seven-run lead—the biggest collapse in team history—the Diamondbacks jumped to a 7-0 fourth-inning margin on Florida starter Ricky Nolasco (6-7), who lost for the first time since June 7. Haren (9-5) made sure it wouldn’t happen two nights in a row, tossing a four-hitter for his third complete game of the season and ninth of his career. Haren’s other shutout came Sept. 16, 2008, against San Francisco. Haren struck out 10 and walked one in a 117-pitch outing as the Diamondbacks won for the sixth time in seven games. Nolasco had gone 4-0 in his last five starts, but he lacked command against the feeble-hitting Diamondbacks, who entered with a .245 team batting average, 15th in the NL. “They put some good swings on the ball,” said Nolasco, who went six innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. He struck out eight and walked one.

That Philly Red is getting Hotter

That Philly Red is getting Hotter

Blanton (6-4) allowed one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings in his second consecutive effective outing. The right-hander pitched 7 1-3 innings in Philadelphia’s 2-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday, and is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA in his last nine starts. The NL East-leading Phillies have won seven of eight, all at home, after entering their 10-game homestand with 14 losses in 18 games. Pittsburgh’s Zach Duke (8-8) tossed his third complete game of the season, allowing five hits, and lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions. He allowed only one hit, Victorino’s eighth-inning double, after the third. Moss connected against Brad Lidge with two out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Delwyn Young struck out to end the game. Lidge earned his 18th save in 24 chances.

So Close......

So Close......

Blum’s bases-loaded single scored Miguel Tejada in the ninth inning and the Astros rallied after Roy Oswalt was injured to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Friday night. Oswalt allowed three runs and five hits before leaving in the seventh with numbness in two fingers in his right hand. He hurt his hand when he broke his bat on a groundout in the sixth, but he expects to make his next scheduled start, the first game after the All-Star break. Jeff Fulchino (3-3) got the win with some help from Bourn in the ninth. Nyjer Morgan hit a one-out single to center with Willie Harris on second but Bourn made a perfect throw to the plate to keep the game tied at 5. Tejada led off the ninth with a single against Joe Beimel (0-5), who retired Lance Berkman before being replaced by Mike MacDougal. Tejada moved up on Carlos Lee’s fly out to center and Hunter Pence was intentionally walked. MacDougal struggled with his control after putting on Pence, throwing a wild pitch and walking Ivan Rodriguez before Blum singled to right to end the game. The Nationals have lost five straight and nine of their last 11.

NL East Series Preview 6-22-09

Filed Under (Dirty, mrose, NL East Chatter, Phi injury news, Series Preview) by mrose on 22-06-2009

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Andy Pettite, Andy Sonnanstine, Antonio Bastardo, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Brad Penny, centerfieldgate.com, Chicago Cubs, Chien-Ming Wang, Chris Carpenter, Citi Field, Craig Stammen, David Price, Derek Lowe, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Jamie Moyer, Jason Berken, Javier Vazquez, Joba Chamberlain, Joe Blanton, Joel Pineiro, Johan Santana, John Lannan, John Smoltz, Jon Lester, Jon Thompson, Jordan Zimmerman, Kenshin Kawakami, Koji, Livan Hernandez, Matt Garza, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Real Dirty Mets, Ricky Nolasco, Ryan Dempster, Sean Hill, Sean West, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Tim Redding, Todd Wellemeyer, Tommy Hanson, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, World Series 2008

Phillies Logo VS TB Logo
The Phillies home troubles continued this past weekend by losing another three games to the Orioles. The Philadelphia Phillies(36-31, 1st in NL East) have now lost 8 of their last 9 and have dropped to 13-22 at home. They will travel to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays(37-34, 4th in AL East) who took the final two games from the Mets in Citi Field this weekend. This weekend is a rematch of the World Series in 2008, but the Phillies are just happy to get away from home.
Tuesday @ 7:08PM EST – Moyer,PHI(4-6,6.35 ERA) vs. Price,TB(1-1,3.46 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:08PM EST -Blanton,PHI(4-3,5.28 ERA) vs. Garza,TB(4-5,3.83 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:08PM EST – Bastardo,PHI(2-2,5.21 ERA) vs Sonnanstine,TB(5-7,6.60 ERA)
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The Mets have been playing terribly of late, including losing their last 4 series since playing the Nationals. The Mets(34-33, 2nd in NL East) hope that getting away from Interleague Play for a few days will help them get out of the losing ways. The Cardinals(39-31, 1st in NL Central) enter in with after winning 3 straight games and taking over 1st place in the NL Central this weekend. For more Mets news, check The Real Dirty Mets Blog.
Monday @ 7:10PM EST -Wellemeyer(6-6,5.36 ERA) vs. Redding,NYM(0-2,6.27 ERA)
Tuesday @ 7:10PM EST – Pineiro(5-8,3.76 ERA) vs. Hernandez,NYM(5-1,4.18 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:10PM EST -Thompson(2-2,3.89 ERA) vs. Nieve,NYM(2-0,1.84 ERA)
Thursday @ 1:10PM EST – Carpenter(5-1,1.53 ERA) vs. Santana,NYM(8-5,3.22 ERA)
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The Marlins are riding high right now after taking 2 of 3 at home against the over 200 million dollar payroll of the New York Yankees. The Marlins(35-36, 3rd in NL East) are 3-3 in their last 6 and hope to continue a successful interleague schedule this week. The Orioles(32-37, 5th in AL East) are coming off 5 consecutive wins against the Mets and Phillies and look to continue domination of the National League East teams.
Tuesday @ 7:10PM EST – Uehara,BAL(2-4,4.30 ERA) vs. Miller,FLA(2-3,4.56 ERA)
Wednesday@7:10PM EST-Berken,BAL(1-3,6.84 ERA) vs. Nolasco,FLA(3-6,7.15 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:10PM EST – Hill,BAL(3-1,5.18 ERA) vs. West,FLA(2-2,3.97 ERA)
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The Braves(32-36, 4th in NL East) are fresh off a tough weekend series against the Boston Red Sox and this week doesn’t get any easier for them. Monday night they will welcome in the suddenly hot Chicago Cubs(34-31) for a makeup game. Tuesday to Thursday they welcome in the struggling, but always dangerous New York Yankees(38-31. 2nd in AL East) during the final week of interleague play. For additional Braves coverage check out Braves Baseball Blog.
Monday @ 7:10PM EST – Dempster,CHI(4-4,3.92 ERA) vs. Vazquez,ATL(4-6, 3.31 ERA)
Tuesday @ 7:00PM EST – Wang,NYY(0-5,12.30 ERA) vs. Hanson,ATL(2-0,4.08 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:00PM EST – Chamberlain,NYY(3-2,3.89 ERA) vs. Kawakami(4-6, 4.42 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:00PM EST – Pettite,NYY(7-3,4.26 ERA) vs. Lowe,ATL(7-5, 4.09 ERA)
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The Nationals continued a rare successful week of baseball over the weekend by taking 2 out of 3 from the Toronto Blue Jays at home. The Nationals(20-47, 5th in NL East) will try to once again play David vs. Goliath this week as they welcome in the Boston Red Sox(42-47, 1st in AL East) for a 3 game set. This set will include former Brave John Smoltz’ first ever start for the Red Sox on Thursday night. For additional Nats insight, head to CenterfieldGate.com.
Tuesday @7:05PM EST – Penny,BOS(6-2,4.94 ERA) vs. Lannan,WAS(4-5,3.38 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:05PM EST – Lester,BOS(5-6,4.69 ERA) vs. Stammen,WAS(1-2,4.76 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:05PM EST – Smoltz,BOS(0-0,0.00 ERA) vs. Zimmerman,WAS(2-3,5.03 ERA)

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Daily Recap from 6-19-09

Filed Under (Dirty, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 20-06-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Alex Cora, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettite, Andy Sonnastine, Antonio Bastardo, Atlanta Braves, Aubrey Huff, B.J. Upton, Baltimore Orioles, Bobby Parnell, Boston Red Sox, Brian Schneider, Carl Crawford, Citi Field, Citizens Bank Park, Cody Ross, Daisuke Matsuzaka, David Wright, Dolphins Stadium, Fenway Park, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Fransisco Rodriguez, Gabe Gross, Garret Anderson, Jack Taschner, Jason Bartlett, Jason Frasor, Jesus Colome, Jordan Zimmerman, Ken Rosenthal, Kenshin Kawakami, Land Shark Staidum, Lyle Overbay, Manny Acta, Nationals Park, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Orioles, Pedro Feliciano, Philidelphia Phillies, Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Rich Hill, Sean West, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals

John Mayberry June 19, 2009

John Mayberry misses a one-run double hit by Aubrey Huff in the sixth inning

And it didn’t get any better from there. The Phillies were taking on the Baltimore Orioles Friday night in Philadelphia. Philly pitching has not stepped up for the defending World Series champs. Over the last 7 games, Philly pitching went 1-6 with a 6.49 ERA and have allowed 15 HRS!!! In the absence of Raul Ibanez, The Phillies managed only 2 runs off winning pitcher Rich Hill(3-1). Antonio Bastardo(2-2) gave the bullpen some needed rest by throwing a solid 7 innings with only 4 runs allowed. Jack Taschner of the Phillies put the final nail in the coffin with this game by giving up 3 runs in 2 innings of work. The Phillies lose 7-2. The Phillies are now 13-20 at home.

Fernando Nieve June 19, 2009Fernando Nieve first pitch against Tampa Bay Rays

The New York Mets took on the defending AL champs the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field on Friday night. Fernando Nieve(2-0) turned in another good outing for the Mets by going 6 innings with only one earned run allowed. In a rare show of power, Mets catcher Brian Schneider hit a 3 run home run off losing pitcher Andy Sonnanstine(5-7). David Wright also hit a 2 out double to bring in Alex Cora and make the game 4-0. The game would stay like this for a few frames until Bobby Parnell came on in the 7th and gave up 2 runs on a 2-0 96mph fastball to B.J. Upton who doubled in Gabe Gross and Jason Bartlett. Pedro Feliciano came in and got Carl Crawford to hit one back to him to end the inning. Fransisco Rodriguez(1-2) came in for the 9th with a blown save the night before. Krod retired the side for his 18th save and the Mets won 5-3. For more Mets info and discussion, you can visit The Real Dirty Mets Blog.

Sean West June 19, 2009Sean West Preparing to face $201 million dollars worth of hurt

The last meaningful game between these two clubs was 6 years ago when the Marlins won their 2nd World Series title. Tonight however is a different story as they took out their aggression from being shut out by the worst team in baseball on the young Sean West(2-2). Sean West only lasted 4 innings and gave up 10 hits and 5 earned runs again the Yankees on Friday night en route to a 5-1 loss. This was all done without the help of Alex Rodriguez who has been benched with “fatigue”. Andy Pettite(7-3) has been by far the Yankees most consistent hurler and threw a gem on Friday. Andy went 7 innings with only 1 earned run and fanning 7. Cody Ross accounted for the only run of the game by hitting his 11th HR off Andy in the 3rd inning. The Marlins came into Friday’s game with a .289 batting average in their first 17 games in June. Also if you didn’t know by now, the Marlins no longer play in Dolphins stadium but rather it has been renamed Land Shark Stadium.

Kenshin Kawakami June 19, 2009Kenshin Kawakami first pitch against the AL east leading Boston Red Sox

In a testament to a new era in Major League Baseball, Two pitchers from Japan squared off in Fenway Park on Friday night. Japan who has won the last two World Baseball Classics’s in a row have begun to make their mark on Major League Baseball as this sport continues to diversify and showcase high class talent. Kenshin Kawakami(4-6) would be the last man standing in this duel versus his fellow country man Daisuke Matsuzaka(1-5). The Boston Red Sox are desperately needing Matsuzaka to come back to form and be the phenom he has been since coming to the states to play ball, unfortunately they will have to wait another game. Matsuzaka only lasted 4 innings but gave up 8 hits and 6 earned runs. Kawakami on the other hand, stole the show by going 6 innings and only allowing a 2 run shot by Jason Bay. Garret Anderson joined the party with his four-RBI performance as the Braves went on to win this one 8-2.For more Braves info and notes, be sure to check out The Braves Baseball Blog.

Jordan Zimmermann June 19, 2009Jordan Zimmermann takes on the high flying Toronto Blue Jays

With all the talk about Ken Rosenthal’s report that Manny Acta’s job is on “watch”, the Nationals decided to make that decision difficult by turning in another good performance against the AL at Nationals Park. The Nationals were taking on a hot Toronto Blue Jay team that had just swept the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann took the mound on this one and kept the Blue Jays at bay by going 5.2 innings with only 1 run allowed. Jordan also helped his own cause in the fourth by bringing in the Nationals first run of the contest on a ground out. The Jays would not go quietly and Rod Barajas made sure of it by bringing Scott Rolen in on a single up the middle. Then in a very uncharacteristic event, the Nationals bullpen combined for 5 and 1/3 innings of no run ball. In the top of the 11th, Adam Dunn hits what in baseball would be termed a “seeing eye single” that eludes 1st baseman Lyle Overbay for a walk off win in extras. That is the Nationals first extra inning win this season as they wrapped up their first 3 game winning streak since May by wining 2-1. Jesus Colome(1-0) picks up the win in this extra inning affair and Jason Frasor(0-1) picks up the loss. You can check out more Nationals baseball info and notes by visiting Centerfieldgate.