NL East Recap 9-11

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 11-09-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols, Alex Gonzalez, Anibal Sanchez, Braves, brendan ryan, Cardinals, Chad Tracy, Clay Hensley, Craig Kimbrel, Emilio Bonifacio, Hisanori Takahashi, Ike davis, Jake Westbrook, Jason Heyward, Jason Marquis, Jose Reyes, Kyle Kendrick, Logan Morrison, Marlins, martin prado, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Mike Stanton, Mitchell Boggs, Nate McLouth, Nationals, Nyjer Morgan, Phillies, Ross Gload, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Tommy Hanson, Wilson Ramos

Marlins vs. Nationals

Jason Marquis was good, but Anibal Sanchez was better, as the Marlins beat the Nationals 4-1. Marquis had himself a no-hitter through the first four innings before Florida got to him in the 5th. With two outs in the top of the 5th, Emilio Bonifacio singled to drive in Chad Tracy and Mike Stanton, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. Florida would score another run in the 8th on an RBI single by Logan Morrison, and again in the 9th on a fielding error by Washington’s Adam Dunn. Sanchez had his own no-hitter going until the 5th inning. Washington was held to just five hits in the game. Their only run came in the bottom of the 8th on a double by Wilson Ramos to score Nyjer Morgan.

Sanchez got the win, going 7.2 innings and giving up one run on four hits while striking out four. Marquis took the loss, going 6 innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out eight. Clay Hensley recorded his 2nd save for the Marlins.

Mets vs. Phillies

The Mets held on to play spoilers today, beating Philadelphia 4-3. New York got it going early against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Ike Davis drove in the Mets first run in the 1st on a ground-rule double. New York would later add a run in the 3rd on a solo shot off the bat of Jose Reyes. Davis drove in two more runs in the 7th to make it 4-0 Mets. Philadelphia, however, made things interesting in the top of the 8th. Ross Gload scored the first run for Philadelphia on a single by Shane Victorino. A few batters later, Ryan Howard knocked in two runs on a single to center field. The Mets bullpen was able to hold on though and finish the game to get the win.

Mike Pelfrey got the win, going 7.1 strong innings and giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five. Kyle Kendrick took the loss, going 5 innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out only one. Hisanori Takahashi recorded his 6th save for the Mets.

Braves vs. Cardinals

It took 12 innings, but the Braves were able to hang on and beat the Cardinals 6-3 in yet another walk-off win, putting them back in a tie for first place in the NL East. With two outs in the 1st inning, Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook walked Nate McLouth to force home the first run for Atlanta. It remained 1-0 until the 5th when McLouth tripled to drive in Martin Prado. St. Louis tied it up in the top of the 6th on a two-run double by Albert Pujols. Jason Heyward put the Braves ahead in the 7th with a solo shot to right field. In the top of the 8th, however, it was Pujols once again who tied up the game. Pujols grounded into a force out allowing Brendan Ryan to score. The game was tied until the bottom of the 12 when, with two men on, Alex Gonzalez hit his second career walk-off home run.

Atlanta’s starter Tommy Hanson went 7 innings to get the no decision. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out five. Reliever Craig Kimbrel got the win for Atlanta. Westbrook went 6 innings in his start for St. Louis to also get a no decision. He gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out three. Mitchell Boggs took the loss for St. Louis.

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 8/6

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by samlevenstein on 07-08-2010

Tagged Under : aaron miles, Adam Dunn, Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, Alex Gonzalez, Andre Either, Andres Torres, Aubrey Huff, Barry Zito, Ben Francisco, Bobby Parnell, brendan ryan, Brian Wilson, Carlos Ruiz, Casey Blake, Chad Durbin, Chipper Jones, Clayton Kershaw, David Wright, Drew Storen, Felipe Lopez, Ian Desmond, James Loney, javier lopez, Jeff Francoeur, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, John Lannan, jon jay, Jon Niese, Jose Reyes, Josh Thole, Matt Holiday, mike hessman, mike sweeney, pat burell, peter moylan, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, Ricky Nolasco, ryan theroit, Ryan Zimmerman, Tommy Hanson

phillies_celebrateMets vs. Phillies

The Phillies beat the Mets in a score of 7-5. In the first Placido Polanco doubled to score Raul Ibanez to put the Phillies on the board.  In the 3rd Jose Reyes singled scoring Jeff Francoeur to tie the game.  In the 4th Josh Thole singled scoring David Wright giving the Mets the lead.  The Phillies scored 6 runs in the 8th with hits from Ben Francisco, Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins, and Mike Sweeney.  The Mets fought back scoring 3 runs in the 9th when Mike Hessman hit a 3 run homer but it wasn’t enough.

Jon Niese pitched 7 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 run, and 7 strikeouts.  Joe Blanton pitched 7 innings giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 4 strikeouts.  Chad Durbin got the win pitching 1 inning giving up no hits with 1 strikeout.  Bobby Parnell got the loss while not retiring a batter and giving up 4 hits and 4 runs.

wainwrightMarlins vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals beat the Marlins in a score of 7-0.  In the first inning Albert Pujols hit a 3 run home run scoring Felipe López and Jon Jay.  In the 3rd inning Matt Holiday doubled scoring Jon Jay.  In the 4th The Cardinals added 3 more runs when Brendan Ryan doubled scoring Aaron Miles, Jon Jay doubled scoring Brendan Ryan, and  Albert Pujols doubled scoring Jon Jay.

Adam Wainwright got the win after pitching a complete game shutout giving up just 2 hits with 7 strikeouts.  The loss went to Ricky Nolasco who pitched 5 innings giving up 10 hits, 7 runs, and 6 strikeouts.

gyi0060919193_crop_450x500Braves vs. Giants

The Giants beat the Braves in a score of 3-2. The Giants scored in the 1st when Aubrey Huff grounded out scoring Andres Torres.  The Braves tied it up in the 5th when Alex Gonzalez hit a solo shot.  The Braves took the lead in the 6th when Chipper Jones hit a solo home run.  The Giants tied it up in the 9th when Aubrey Huff scored due to an error by Chipper Jones.  In the 11th Pat Burell hit a sac fly to score Aubrey Huff.

Barry Zito pitched 7 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, and 10 strikeouts.  Tommy Hanson pitched 7 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run, and 3 strikeouts.  Javier Lopez got the win after pitching 1 inning giving up 1 hit, no runs, and 1 strikeout.  The loss went to Peter Moylan who pitched 1.2 innings giving up 1 hit, 1 run, and no strikeouts.  The save went to Brian Wilson who pitched a perfect 9th with 1 strikeout.

adam-dunn-natinalsNationals vs. Dodgers

The Nationals beat the Dodgers in a score of 6-3. The Nationals scored 3 runs in the 1st when Adam Dunn hit a 3 run homer scoring Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman.  In the 3rd Adam Dunn hit another 3 run bomb scoring Desmond and Zimmerman making the score 6-0.   The Dodgers scored 3 runs in the 4th when Andre Either homered scoring Ryan Theriot and Casey Blake singled scoring James Loney.

John Lannan got the win and pitched 6 innings giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, and 2 strikeouts.  Clayton Kershaw got the loss and pitched 6 innings giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, and 9 strikeouts.  Drew Storen got his 1st save of the season giving up no hits with 1 walk.

NL East Recap 7-21

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 22-07-2010

Tagged Under : Albert Pujols, Angel Pagan, Blaine Boyer, Braves, Brian McCann, Bronson Arroyo, Cardinals, Chipper Jones, Chris Heisey, chris snyder, chris young, Dan Haren, Dann Uggla, Diamondbacks, Everth Cabrera, Fernando Nieve, Gaby Sanchez, Heath Bell, Jaime Garcia, Jason Hammel, Jason Heyward, jerry hairston jr, Joe Blanton, Jon Garland, Jon Niese, Jorge Cantu, Leo Nunez, Mark Reynolds, Marlins, martin prado, Matt Capps, matt holliday, Mets, Miguel Cairo, Nationals, Nick Hundley, Oliver Perez, Orlando Cabrera, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Ricky Nolasco, Rockies, rod barajas, Rusty Ryal, Ryan Franklin, Ryan Hanigan, Ryan Howard, Scott Hairston, Seth Smith, Stephen Strasburg, Tim Stauffer, Tommy Hanson, Willie Harris, Yorvit Torrealba

Marlins vs. Rockies

Rockies Marlins BaseballThe Marlins beat the Rockies 5-2 Wednesday. Florida jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st on back-to-back doubles by Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu. The Marlins added three more runs in the 2nd on a home run to center field off the bat of Gaby Sanchez. The Rockies did not get on the board until the 8th, when Seth Smith homered, cutting the Marlins lead to 5-2.

Ricky Nolasco got the win, going 8 innings and giving up two runs on four hits. Jason Hammel took the loss, lasting 7 innings and allowing five runs on six hits. Leo Nunez recorded his 23rd save of the season for Florida.

Nationals vs. Reds

Nationals Reds BaseballThe Nationals beat the Reds 8-5. Cincinnati struck first, scoring in the 3rd inning on a single by Orlando Cabrera. Washington tied it up in the top of the 4th, and scored two more in the 5th and added 4 runs in the 6th.  The Reds tacked on two runs in the bottom of the 6th on a Miguel Cairo single. Ryan Hanigan scored in the 7th for Cincinnati, cutting the Nationals lead to 7-4. Chris Heisey singled in the Reds 5th run of the game in the 8th. Willie Harris homered in the 9th to make it 8-5 Washington.

Stephen Strasburg got the win, going 5.2 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits. Bronson Arroyo took the loss, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits. Matt Capps recorded his 24th save for Washington.

Phillies vs. Cardinals

Phillies Cardinals BaseballThe Phillies fell to the Cardinals 5-1. The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning on a single by Albert Pujols. The Phillies tied it up in the 5th on a home run off the bat of Ryan Howard. Matt Holliday gave St. Louis the lead in the 7th with a homer to left field. The Cardinals would go on to score three more runs in the 8th.

Jaime Garcia got the win, going 7 innings and giving up one run on four hits. Joe Blanton took the loss, throwing 7 innings and giving up five runs on seven hits. Ryan Franklin got his 18th save for  St. Louis.

Braves vs. Padres

Padres Braves BaseballThe Braves lost to the Padres in  12 innings 6-4. Singles by Everth Cabrera and Jerry Hairston Jr. gave San Diego a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Atlanta tied it up in the 3rd when Chipper Jones singled, scoring Martin Prado and Jason Heyward. Brian McCann homered in the inning, giving Atlanta a 4-2 lead. It remained 4-2 until the 9th, when the Padres tied up the game on a Scott Hairston home run and Yorvit Torrealba double. The game was tied until the 12th when Nick Hundley hit a two-run double giving San Diego a 6-4 lead.

Starting pitchers Tommy Hanson and Jon Garland both had a no decision. Hanson went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Garland lasted 5 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Tim Stauffer got the win for San Diego. Heath Bell recorded his 27th save.

Mets vs. Diamondbacks

mets1The Mets lost to the Diamondbacks 4-3 in extra innings. The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a home run off the bat of Angel Pagan. Chris Young led off the bottom of the inning with a home run for Arizona. Rusty Ryal and Mark Reynolds both homered for the Diamondbacks as well, giving Arizona a 3-2 lead in the 4th. Rod Barajas homered for the Mets in the 6th to tie the game. The game was tied until the 14th inning when Arizona’s Chris Snyder hit walkoff single.

Jon Niese went 5 innings and allowed three runs on six hits to get a no decision. Dan Haren got a no decision as well as he went 6 innings and gave up three runs on six hits. Oliver Perez returned for the Mets, and threw 1.1 innings, giving up one hit and walking two. Fernando Nieve took the loss for New York. Blaine Boyer got the win for Arizona.

NL East Recap 7/19

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by samlevenstein on 20-07-2010

Tagged Under : Adam LaRoche, Albert Pujols, Angel Pagan, anibel sanchez, Blake Hawksworth, Brad Hawpe, brenden ryan, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, chris young, Christian Guzman, Clint Barmes, Cody Ross, donnie murphy, drew stubbs, Emilio Bonifacio, Felipe Lopez, Gerardo Parra, hanley ramierz, Ian Desmond, Ian Kennedy, Jason Giambi, Jay Bruce, JD Martin, Jimmy Rollins, Johnny Cueto, jonathan herrera, Jonny Gomes, Jose Reyes, Josh Thole, Justin Upton, Kelly Johnson, Kyle Kendrick, Luis Castillo, Mark Reynolds, Miguel Cairo, Miguel Montero, Mike Pelfrey, Mike Stanton, njjer morgan, placidio polanco, Randy Winn, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Seth Smith, Shane Victorino, Skip Schumaker, Ubaldo Jimenez, Willie Harris

albertpujols_003Phillies vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals beat the Phillies in a score of 8-4.  The Phillies scored 3 runs in the first when Ryan Howard doubled home Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino singled home Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard.  The Cardinals scored  a run when Albert Pujols grounded out to score Felipe López in the bottom of the inning.  The Cardinals added another run in the 2nd when Brenden Ryan grounded out to score Skip Schumaker.  In the 4th the Phillies added there 4th run of the game when Jimmy Rollins singled home Carlos Ruiz.  In the 5th inning the Cardinals tapped on 5 more runs thanks to a Jay Bruce double and 3 home runs from  Albert Pujols, Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker.  The Cardinals added another run in the 6th when Randy Winn hit a solo shot.

Blake Hawksworth got the win and pitched 6 innings giving up 10 hits, 4 runs and 1 strikeout.  Kyle Kendrick got the lose and he pitched 5 innings giving up 7 hits, 7 runs and 2 strikeouts.

marlinsMarlins vs. Rockies

The Marlins beat the Rockies in a score of 9-8. The Rockies struck first adding 2 runs in the top of the 3rd when Jason Giambi singled home Jonathan Herrera and Carlos González scored.  The Marlins had 3 runs of there own in the bottom of the inning when Emilio Bonifacio singled home Mike Stanton and Hanley Ramirez reached on a bunt single that scored Emilio Bonifacio.  In the 6th the Rockies added 2 more runs when Ubaldo Jimenez and Seth Smith singled home Brad Hawpe and Clint Barmes.  In the bottom of the inning Mike Stanton homered scoring Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross.  The Marlins added another run when Jorge Cantu singled home  Emilio Bonifacio.  The Rockies struck back adding 4 runs in the 8th when Ian Stewart hit a solo shot and Jonathan Herrera hit a homer that scored Clint Barmes and Seth Smith.  The Marlins came back to win it when they scored 2 runs in the 9th when Donnie Murphy homered scoring Dan Uggla.

Ubaldo Jiménez pitched 5.1 innings giving up 6 hits, 6 runs with 5 strikeouts.  Anibal Sánchez pitched 6 innings giving up 8 hits, 4 runs with 4 strikeouts.  Jhan Maríñez got the win pitching 1.1 innings giving up 2 hits, 1 run with 2 strikeouts.  Houston Street got the lose pitching .2 of an inning giving up 1 hit and 2 runs with no strikeouts.

d_1-1Nationals vs. Reds

The Reds beat the Nationals in a score of 7-2.  The Reds scored 4 runs in the 2nd thanks to a Drew Stubbs double and Johnny Cueto singled that scored Jonny Gomes, Jay Bruce, Miguel Cairo, and Stubbs. In the 3rd the Nationals got 2 runs when Nyjer Morgan hit a sac fly to score Willie Harris and Christian Guzman singled home Ian Desmond.  The Reds added 2 more runs when Jonny Gomes and Miguel Cairo both hit solo shots.  The Reds scored 1 more run in the 8th when Miguel Cairo singled home Jonny Gomes.

Johnny Cueto won and pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, and 4 strikeouts.  JD Martin got the loss and pitched 5.1 innings giving up 6 hits, 6 runs, and 2 strikeouts.

mark-reynolds-runningMets vs. Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks beat the Mets in a score of 13-2. The Diamondbacks scored 4 runs in the 1st thanks to hits from Kelly Johnson, Mark Reynolds, and Gerardo Parra.  They scored 2 more runs in the 2nd inning when Justin Upton doubled home Chris Young and Adam LaRoche singled home Justin Upton.  The Mets scored in the 5th when Angel Pagan singled home Josh Thole.  In the 6th the Diamondbacks added 5 runs when Justin Upton tripled, Miguel Montero doubled, and Mark Reynolds homered and they added  2 more runs in the 8th.  The Mets added 1 more run in the 9th when Jose Reyes doubled home Luis Castillo.

Ian Kennedy got the win and pitched 5 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 run and 1 strikeout.  Mike Pelfrey got the loss and pitched only 1.1 innings giving up 7 hits, 6 runs with 1 strikeout.

The Braves were off.

NL East Daily Recap from 9-16-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 17-09-2009

Tagged Under : Albert Pujols, Atlanta Braves, Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Daniel Murphy, David Ross, Derek Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Francisco Rodriguez, Jason Maxwell, Jayson Werth, Joe Blanton, Joel Pineiro, Josh Johnson, Josh Thole, Julio Lugo, Leo Nunez, Livan Hernandez, matt holliday, New York Mets, Omar Infante, Omir Santos, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Ryan Church, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Washington Nationals, Willie Harris

Jason Werth's Granny clinches the win

Jason Werth's Granny clinches the win

The story for the Phillies win last night went from a solid start for Joe Blanton after a tough one, to a big blast by Jayson Werth in the 6-1 win.  Jayson Werth hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach in the seventh inning for his 34th home run of the year against the last place Nats.  Joe Blanton(10-7) went six innings and allowed only five hits and four walks and seven strikeouts in getting his 10th win of the year.  Phillies Phandom has much more on this game and all Phillies news.

The Nationals once again could not muster any offense and let this game get away from them late even though they weren’t down much most of the game.  Livan Hernandez(8-11) took the loss but did go six innings only allowing seven hits and two runs during the game.  The only run was scored in the ninth inning on a RBI single by Willie Harris which scored Jason Maxwell.  Centerfield Gate is your place to go for all Nats news.

Cody Ross backs the fish

Cody Ross backs the fish

Cody Ross and the Marlins went on to beat the NL Cenrtal leading Cardinals again yesterday by a final score of 5-2.  Ross went 3-4 with two RBI and two of those runs were scored by second basemen Dan Uggla.  Josh Johnson(15-4) got back on track with a six inning outting allowing nine hits and just one run and no walks.  Once again Leo Nunez came in for the save recording the final two outs for his 22nd of the year on a Matt Holliday double play.  FishGuts has more on this game.

The Cardinals are having a rough go lately, losers of five of their past six against NL East opponents.  Joel Pineiro(14-11) went 5.1 innings and allowed ten hits and four runs for one of his worse outtings in taking the loss.  Julio Lugo got the first RBI for the Cardinals on a single in the sixth and the only other run was credited to Albert Pujols as he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth, but that would be it.

Braves beat the Mets on an error

Braves beat the Mets on an error

The Atlanta Braves were down two going into the bottom of the ninth against the Mets, but came out winning 6-5.  The Braves tied the game with an Omar Infante sacrifice fly to start it and then an error by Daniel Murphy allowed David Ross to score the winning run to keep the Braves hot.  Former Met Ryan Church was the person who hit the error and also had an RBI single earlier in the game too.  Derek Lowe left this one early with a blister and Eric O’Flaherty(2-1) as the seventh Braves pitcher got the win with a scoreless top of the ninth.  Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more info on the Braves late march towards the postseason.

The New York Mets seem to want to lose games sometimes.  Francisco Rodriguez(3-5) got his 6th blown save of the year in this one and then took his fifth loss on the Daniel Murphy error.  It was a good night for Mets catchers as Josh Thole got a two RBI single in the second and Omir Santos hit a pinch hit solo homer in the eighth inning as well but it all got overlooked with the blown game.  The Real Dirty Mets Blog has more on this game and the Mets follies.

NL East Daily Recap from 9-15-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 16-09-2009

Tagged Under : Adam LaRoche, Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, Atlanta Braves, Carlos Ruiz, Centerfield Gate, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Dan Uggla, Daniel Murphy, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garrett Mock, Jason Maxwell, Jimmy Rollins, Leo Nunez, New York Mets, Pat Misch, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Sean West, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tommy Hanson, Washington Nationals

Lee with a CG

Lee with a CG

Cliff Lee rebounded from a few bad outtings with a stellar game on Tuesday night.  Cliff Lee(7-2) pitched a complete game shutout giving up only six hits and walking three while striking out nine batters on 124 pitches.  He was given all five runs of offense in the first and second on a Chase Utley RBI single, a Carlos Ruiz two RBI double and a Jimmy Rollins RBI single during the 5-0 win.  Check out Phillies Phandom for more info on this game and the Phillies continued march to the playoffs.

Garrett Mock managed to get through six innings to save the bullpen a bit, but pitched poorly, especially early.  Mock(3-8) went six innings allowing seven hits and five runs and his season ERA is now 5.89.  The Nats offense was sleeping and only Jason Maxwell had more than one hit in this game, Centerfield Gate has more.

Uggla with the big blow

Uggla with the big blow

Neither team ran away with this one in St. Louis, but courtesy of Dan Uggla, the Marlins came away with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals.  In the sixth inning, while down 1-0, Dan Uggla hit a two run shot off starter Adam Wainwright and the Marlins bullpen closed the door to win this game 2-1.  Sean West(7-5) went six strong innings allowing six hits and just one run and nine k’s in this one and Leo Nunez got his 21st save on a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.  Check out FishGuts for more on the Marlins.

Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly in teh fifth scoring Rick Ankiel and that would be all the scoring the Cardinals got in this one, giving no run support to Wainwright.  Wainwright(18-8) went seven innings allowing seven hits and two runs and eight strike outs with his main blemish being a home run.

LaRoche with two long balls

LaRoche with two long balls

Adam LaRoche had a huge day against the Mets last night during the Braves run away 6-0 victory.  LaRoche went 4-4 with four runs scored and three RBI, two of those RBI on home runs in leading the way.  Rookie Tommy Hanson(10-3) got his tenth victory of the year in a stellar seven inning three hit and eight strikeout performance for the win.  The Braves have now won five in a row to keep their small playoff hopes alive, check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more.

What can you say about the Mets?  No much!  Pat Misch(1-3) went five tough innings allowing eight hits and four runs in taking the loss and the bullpen wasn’t much better behind him.  The Mets recorded only four total hits on the night, with two coming from Daniel Murphy but obviously no runs scored, The Real Dirty Mets Blog covers them.

NL East Daily Recap from 9-14-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 15-09-2009

Tagged Under : Albert Pujols, Blake Hawksworth, Chris Coghlan, Coby Rasmus, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, matt holliday, Nick Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Wellemeyer

Only one NL East game for Monday night, Marlins @ Cardinals, lets get to it..

Pujols celebrates as the Cardinals romp

Pujols celebrates as the Cardinals romp

The Marlins took an early lead against the Marlins on Monday, lost that lead, and then piled on to win 11-6.  Coby Rasmus and Matt Holliday led the Cardinals with three RBI each and Skip Schumaker had three hits in four at bats and a walk to get on base a total of 5 times as well and the Cards pounded out seventeen hits.  Todd Wellemeyer started but only got through the fourth before giving up nine hits and six runs before the offense and relief saved him.  Blake Hawksworth(4-0) got the win in relief by pitching 1.1 innings allowing no runs on a hit and a walk.

Ricky Nolasco had another tough start for the floundering fish.  Nolasco(11-9) got through five innings and gave up ten hits and seven runs and only struck out four in this one.  All Marlins runs came between the second and fourth inning, the final blow being a Nick Johnson two run home run scoring Chris Coghlan temporarily giving them a 6-4 lead.  Check out FishGuts for more on this game and the Marlins.

NL East Daily Recap from 9-11-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 12-09-2009

Tagged Under : Albert Pujols, Atlanta Braves, Brian Sanches, Carlos Ruiz, Centerfield Gate, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Corey Sullivan, Dan Uggla, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, Jair Jurrjens, JD Martin, Jimmy Rollins, Joel Piniero, Josh Johnson, Luis Castillo, matt holliday, Mike MacDougal, Mike Morse, Nelson Figueroa, New York Mets, Omar Infante, pedro feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Rafael Soriano, Ryan Madson, Ryan Zimmerman, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Washington Nationals

Hamels leads the Phils in the rain

Hamels leads the Phils in the rain

Phillies ace Cole Hamels seemed to have found his stuff last night as he led the Phillies to a 4-2 victory in a rainy night.  Hamels(9-9) pitched 6.2 innings while allowing seven hits and one run including six strikeouts for him to get a rare win versus the Mets.  Rollins, Utley, Feliz and Ruiz added solo RBI each during the win and Ryan Madson worked a shaky ninth allowing two hits and a run for his seventh save of the season,  Phillies Phandom will have more on this game.

Nelson Figueroa did not pitch badly, but used a lot of pitches in this one.  Figueroa(2-5) gave up nine hits and five walks but only two runs in 5.1 innings of work but was charged with the loss.  Mets relief gave up two more runs later in the game to put it out of reach and the offense was stagnant.  Castillo’s sacrifice fly in the seventh and Cory Sullivan’s double play ground out scored the Mets only runs of the game.  The Real Dirty Mets Blog has all the Mets info for you.

JD Martin leads the Nats to the winJD Martin leads the Nats to the win

The Nationals have a chance to really hurt the playoff chances of the Florida Marlins this weekend in South Florida.  J.D. Martin(4-4) started the task off well last night as he went five strong innings only allowing two runs during a 5-3 Nationals victory.  Mike Morse doubled in the eventual winning run for the Nationals in the sixth and Zimmerman added a solo shot later to seal it as Mike MacDougal got his 15th save of the season.  Check out Centerfield Gate for more.

The Florida Marlins had just finally gained a game in the division, but lost it right back tonight with faulty pitching.  After Josh Johnson could only get through five innings of two run ball, Brian Sanches(4-2) gave up the two run double and took the loss in this one for the Marlins.  Hanley Ramirez’ two run homer and Dan Uggla’s solo shot later produced all the runs the Marlins would get, check out FishGuts for more.

Jurrjens with a gemJurrjens with a gem

Jair Jurrjens pitched an absolute gem of a game on Friday night.  Jurrjens(11-10) went eight innings of six hit and no run ball with seven strike outs to get a nailbiting victory for the Braves.  Omar Infante got the only RBI on a fielders choice that turned into an error by Albert Pujols and Rafael Soriano was back on the mound closing, getting his 23rd of the year.  Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more on the game.

The Cardinals also got a great game from Joel Piniero.  Piniero(14-10) went seven innings and only allowed that one run on five hits in the game.  The umpiring was a bit suspect for Cardinals fans as it appeared that Holliday did score earlier in the game but was called out by the home plate ump, they will hope to get revenge today.

N.L. East Daily Recap From 8-30-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrnorthjersey on 31-08-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, Angel Pagan, Atlanta Braves, Brad Lidge, Braves Baseball Blog, Brian Stokes, Busch Stadium, Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Zambrano, Centerfield Gate blog, Chipper Jones, Chris Coghlan, Citizens Bank Park, Cleon Jones. Chicago Cubs, Fish Guts blog, Florida Marlins, Frankie Rodriguez, Fredi Gonzalez, Garrett Mock, Jair Jurrjens, Joe Blanton, Lou Gehrig, Nelson Figueroa, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Sean West, St. Louis Cardinals, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tom Seaver, Washington Nationals

Forty years ago – in August of 1969 – the New York “Miracle” Mets were on their way to one of the greatest runs in modern Major League Baseball history (and a world championship), and all because of the great play of pitchers like Tom Seaver and hitters like Cleon Jones. The Chicago Cubs helped: engineering one of the all-time memorable collapses of the twentieth century. That’s a fading memory now, but at least some of that era was on display at Wrigley Field on Sunday, as Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa hurled like the Seaver of old against the Mets’ traditional N.L. rivals – the North Siders of Chicago – striking out ten Cubbies and leading New York’s entry in the senior circuit to a decisive 4-1 victory.

Figueroa pitched seven complete innings and struck out ten, one of his best outings of the year, and one of the best outings by a Mets starting pitcher in the last month. Relievers Brian Stokes and Frankie Rodriguez pitched the game’s last two innings nearly effortlessly, adding a nearly flawless coda to the victory. To add to the win, the team hit well: every Mets starter had a hit, led by Angel Pagan, who had three, victimizing Chicago ace Carlos Zambrano, who suffered through his second shaky outing. The victory salvaged an otherwise depressing Mets visit to Chicago, where the New Yorkers had been defeated in two of three previous outings. The Mets are in the air to face the Rockies, before returning home to once again face the Cubs. You can read all about it, and you oughta, at The Real Dirty Mets Blog, where there’s a wrap up of the game – and all the news about the New York Mets.

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There’s nothing boring about pitcher’s duels – as the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals proved today, in a knock-down-drag-out of curve ball finessers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. This was supposed to be no contest: with a kid with no experience, Garrett Mock, going up against a wizened ace, Adam Wainwright. But Mock and Wainwright dueled for six nail biting innings, matching nearly pitch-for-pitch in a equalizer that left both teams with nearly the same number of hits and runs. But when the game was ended, Mock ended up on the short end of the scoreboard, a 2-1 loser.

The difference in the game was a high fastball to Albert Pujols on a 3-2 count that the closest player to Lou Gehrig in the modern era put up the middle for a single in the sixth inning that broke a one-to-one tie – the difference, as it turned out, in the game. It was clear from the way that the pitch was thrown that Mock hoped that Pujols would either lay off the pitch (and walk) or swing and miss (and take his place on the bench). But you don’t throw a 3-2 fastball to Albert Pujols on a hope: another lesson for Washington’s young pitching staff. The St. Louis and Washington hitters
attempted to change the outcome in the last innings (both Mock and Wainwright left after six) but in vain – and the game ended as Mock and Wainwright had left it. And so Washington was swept in three games in St. Louis, but with this slight caveat: in this last game at least, the Nats showed that one of their young pitchers can go toe-to-toe with the best and play the game the way it ought to be played. To read about the game and get all the latest news on the Nationals, be sure to check in on Centerfield Gate blog.

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The long difficult slide that the Florida Marlins have had against the otherwise hapless San Diego Padres is finally over – and not a moment too soon. The Marlins broke their losing streak on Saturday with an impressive outing from one of their big, young pitchers. Sean West, one of the big arms of their future, showed that he can step into the big leagues, with an impressive six inning seven hit showing against the Padres in Miami, giving the Marlins a victory and putting them back in the win column. The Marlins bats showed up, after being nearly silent the last two games, putting six
well-earned runs on the board with well-timed fourth inning hit from rookie Chris Coghlan – his 46th of August (a Marlins’ record). But the story today was West. “It’s huge just to know I can contribute like I am right now,” said West, who’s only 23 said. “I’m just trying to get six-plus innings in every time I go out.” This was West’s fifteenth start.

The Marlins had only six hits in the game, but they made them count in the 6-4 victory. Marlins manager, Fredi Gonzalez, thinking of the schedule ahead and the games remaining before the end of the season, was relieved: “I don’t
know if it’s desperation, but we’ve got to win ballgames,” he said. “When we pitch well, we’re a good club. When that doesn’t happen, we don’t look very good. But that’s not only us, that’s the other 29 Major League teams. When
you don’t pitch, it doesn’t look so good.” On Monday, the Marlins face the real test: three games versus division rival Atlanta at home. They then face-off against the Washington Nationals in Washington before heading back home to face the Mets. Then it’s back home to once again face the Nats. That’s twelve games in a row against the N.L. East. It won’t be long now and the Marlins will know whether they’ll be playing in the post season or practicing their putting in Broward County. For all the news about the Marlins, and Sunday’s game, be sure to go to our friends over at Fish Guts blog.

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The Atlanta Braves went into Philadelphia with high hopes, and they battled and battled and battled – but when it was all over, the Phillies increased their lead in the N.L. East, and the Braves faded. Nor did the Braves creep any closer to the top of the wild card standings. The Braves are now 8.5 games back in the N.L. East with just over one month left in the season. Time is short and getting shorter. For the Phillies, the news couldn’t be better: they took the last game of their match-up against the Braves at sold-out Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night 3-2. But it was oh-so-close. Up until the seventh inning, Jair Jurrjens was in command of the game, throwing his fastball by a tough Phillies line-up. But a throwing error by third baseman Chipper Jones proved costly, leading to two Phillies runs – and the game. The error put runners at second and third and one batter later, Phillies’ hitter Carlos Ruiz put a ball into the left field corner, scoring two: “One thing about playing against the Phillies is that you can’t make mistakes,” Jones said. “If you make mistakes against them, they’re going to take advantage of it, which is what good teams do. We ended up making a couple of mistakes tonight and it ended up burning us.”

If Atlanta rued the error, Philadelphia credited themselves with clutch hitting – and staying in the game. Joe Blanton, often overlooked as one of the Phillies most dependable arms, pitched seven innings of three hit ball and the Phillies bullpen shit down the Braves lumber when it counted. Brad Lidge looked particularly effective – coming up with his 27th save. Atlanta now heads to Florida where they must win, while Philadelphia has a day off on Monday, before welcoming the San Francisco Giants. Oddly, the Phillies can help the Braves a lot by winning against Frisco, but the Braves can only help themselves in Miami. All of this will be the subject of great interest to our N.L. East Chatter blogs. You can read about the Phillies road trip at Phillies Phandom and be sure to keep up with the Braves at Braves Baseball Blog.