Howard Hits a 3 run home run
6-20-09:In the 7th inning on Saturday night, Ryan Howard hit a pinch hit three run home run off Oriole reliever Danys Baez after being hospitalized with flu symptoms.Â It looked like Philly may have finally found the magic they had in 2008, but this was before the 9th inning.Â Still filling in as the closer for Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson(2-3) blew yet another save while giving up a solo home run to Greg Zaun and a 2 run shot to Brian Roberts which proved to be the game winner.Â Mark Hendrickson(2-4) pitched the final 2 outs of the 8th and got the win while George Sherill pitched a perfect 9th for his 14th save.
Brian Roberts hurts the Phils again
6-21-09: Sunday did not bring much relief for the Phillies and their home woes.Â Cole Hamels(4-3) was the victim of a lack of offense as he went 8 strong innings, giving up only 2 runs on 9 hits including 10 strike outs.Â Jeremy Guthrie(5-7) was just a bit better, going 7 strong innings only giving up 3 hits, one being a solo home run and the only run he surrendered for the win.Â The phaithful have resorted to booing 2007 MVP Jimmy Rollins.Â The Phillies have now lost 8 of their last 9 and will be happy to travel to Tampa Bay for a World Series rematch this week.
Mets fans have that same look
6-20-09: Johan Santana(8-5) pitched 7.1 innings on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, giving up only 2 runs.Â The problem was that James Shields(6-5) went 7 innings while only giving up one run, including setting down his final 14 who faced him on route to the win.Â The Mets can be happy that Santana had a nice bounce back start, but it is bittersweet since they still lost the game 3-1.Â J.P. Howell got his 4th save in the 9th inning of the game.
Schneider with another 3 run HR
6-21-09: On Sunday, The Mets offense came to play, the problem was that the pitching decided to stay home.Â Seven Mets pitchers stumbled through the game, giving up leads two separate times en route to a 10-6 loss.Â The loss gets pinned on Bobby Parnell(2-3) who looks to be worn out lately after a blazing start to the season.Â The Rays relief pitching wasn’t up to par either, but the hitting bailed them out.Â Joe Nelson(2-0) got the win while giving up an earned run on a 3 run home run to Schneider in the 6th with two men on.Â The Mets will now welcome in the NL Central Division leading Cardinals for a four game set.Â For all Mets info, visit The Real Dirty Mets Blog.
Josh Johnson stifles another NY team
6-20-09: The Marlins rebounded from a loss to the empire on Friday night with a lights out performance from Josh Johnson.Â Johnson(7-1) went 7 innings giving up just 3 hits in earning another victory against a team hailing from New York.Â A.J. Burnett(5-4) was hurt by bad play in the field by Johnny Damon and was collared with a tough loss.Â Matt Lindstrom worked the 9th inning on only 6 pitches for his 13th save of the season.
Girardi argues a double switch
6-21-09: Sunday brought another 35,827 (Yankee) fans to Land Shark Stadium in Florida, hoping to see their former home town Yankees win with the ace on the mound.Â They saw nothing like that, including Sabathia leaving after only 1.1 IP and giving up 1 earned run with tightness in his left biceps.Â The bullpen managed to piece it together pretty well for the rest of the game, except for Brett Tomko(0-2) who gave up 3 runs in two innings to take the loss.Â The Marlins and starter Chris Volstad(5-7) who got the win, took advantage of a rough day for Yankee pitching and took 2 out of 3 this weekend.Â Matt Lindstrom got his 14th save of the season, but he left the tying and go ahead runs on base when Derek Jeter made the final out.Â The Yankees are protesting the game though because of a lineup mixup in the 8th inning, so we will keep an eye on that, odds are nothing changes.Â The Marlins will welcome in the suddenly hot Orioles to Miami this weekend, after the O’s have won 5 in a row against the Mets and Phillies.
Lowe gets a nice ovation, and a loss
6-20-09: Fresh off a great start by Kawakami on Friday night, the Braves hoped to have another top notch performance by their ace, Derek Lowe.Â Unfortunately, they saw another masterful performance by a former NL East foe, Josh Beckett.Â Josh Beckett(8-3) continued his resurgence this season with a complete game 5-hit shutout of the Braves on Saturday night while striking out 7 and giving up 11 hits.Â Derek Lowe pitched into the seventh inning while being charged with all 3 runs but received a great ovation by the Boston faithful when he left the mound.
Bobby Cox gets tossed...again
6-21-09: Sunday brought a common site to Brave fans, as Bobby Cox was tossed yet again.Â The Boston Red Sox won in walk off fashion on a Nick Green hit an unexpected home run in the bottom of the 9th.Â Jonathan Papelbon(1-1) got the win in teh back and forth game, as Braves reliever Jeff Bennett(2-4) gave up the homerun to Green for the loss.Â The tough loss gave the Red Sox the series victory and the Braves missed another chance to gain ground on both the Mets and the Phillies in the NL East.Â The Braves return home to face the Yankees on Tuesday night, and visit The Braves Baseball Blog for more Braves news and info
Alberto Gonzalez reacts to another walk off
6-20-09: The Washington Nationals are getting used to this walk off thing and this winning thing!Â The Nats won their second straight game in walk off fashion and the fourth overall.Â In the bottom of the 12th inning, after failing to move Alberto Gonzalez over on a sacrifice bunt, Willie Harris decided to end the game himself.Â Harris hit his 2nd home run of the year, and sent Scott Richmond(5-4) to the loss in the 12th inning.Â Julian Tavarez (3-4) got the win after pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Nationals.
Acta is still the manager!
6-21-09: Over a week after reports surfaced that his job was in jeopardy, Manny Acta was managing and going for a series sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at home.Â He should just be glad he still has a job, as the Blue Jays were able to manage a win and avoid the sweep of the last place Nationals.Â Â Behind 9 runs and 5 RBI from Lyle Overbay, Ricky Romero(4-3) got the win on 7 strong innings of 2 run ball.Â Nationals rookie Sharon Martis(5-2) took only his second loss of the year, despite an ERA over 5.Â The Nats welcome in another big task as the Boston Red Sox come to town this Tuesday night.Â Check out CenterfieldGate for more information on the Nats.
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