Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 27-06-2010
Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Adam Jones, Adrian Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Billy Wagner, Bobby Cox, Carl Pavano, Chipper Jones, Cole Hamels, Delmon Young, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Heath Bell, Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Kubel, Jerry Hairston, Joe Mauer, Joel Zumaya, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon, Jon Garland, Josh Johnson, Kenshin Kawakami, Livan Hernandez, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Stanton, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, peter moylan, Philadelphia Phillies, Roger Bernadina, Ryan Howard, San Diego Padres, Shaun Marcum, Takashi Saito, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
Mets vs. Twins
Johan Santana faced his former team for the first time as the Mets hosted the Twins at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon.Â Â Minnesota jumped on Santana early and the Mets couldn’t solve Carl Pavano as the Twins went on to win 6-0.
The Twins scored four runs in the first inning off of Santana (5-5), and never looked back.Â Joe Mauer started the scoring with a run-scoring single, and then with 2 outs, Jason Kubel hit an RBI double and Delmon Young doubled home two more runs to give the Twins an early 4-0 lead.Â Meanwhile, Pavano (9-6) was dominant from the start.Â Pavano went all nine innings, allowing just three singles and a walk to the Mets.Â Kubel added a solo home run in the ninth inning to cap the scoring.
Braves vs. Tigers
The Braves got a timely home run from their longtime third baseman, and the team survived some shaky relief pitching to hold off the Tigers for a 4-3 victory in Atlanta.
Kenshin Kawakami came into the game winless, and though he pitched well over seven innings, left trailing 1-0.Â However, the Braves finally gave Kawakami (1-9) some support in the bottom of the seventh when Chipper Jones belted a three-run home run off of Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya (2-1).Â The Braves added another run in the eighth on an Eric Hinske RBI double and entered the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead.Â
A day after earning his 400th career save, Billy Wagner was unavailable due to a sore left ankle, so Takashi Saito came in to try to seal the victory.Â Â However, Saito allowed a solo homer to Miguel Cabrera and walked two more before being pulled.Â Manager Bobby Cox then called on Eric O’Flaherty, but O’Flaherty proceeded to walk the next two batters, the last one forcing in a run and cutting the lead to 4-3.Â Â Peter Moylan then came in to face Johnny Damon with the bases loaded.Â With the count 3 and 2, Moylan’s offering to Damon appeared to be outside, but the Braves got the strike three call and the victory.Â Moylan earned his first save on the season.
With the victory and the Mets’ loss, the Braves extended their lead in the NL East to 1.5 games.
Phillies vs. Blue Jays
Playing the second game of their “road” series in Philadelphia against the Blue Jays, the Phillies couldn’t take advantage of their home ballpark and fell to Toronto 5-1.
The Blue Jays touched up Phillies starter Cole Hamels (5-5) for five runs in four innings.Â John Buck, Aaron Hill and Alex Gonzalez each homered off of Hamels to spark the Toronto offense.Â Shaun Marcum (7-3) didn’t allow the Phillies to get back into the game, allowing just one run over six innings.Â The Phillies only run came courtesy of aÂ Ryan Howard solo home run.Â In an unusual site, Howard acted as the Phillies’ DH as the game was played under American League rules in the NL ballpark.Â Toronto relievers combined for three scoreless innings to close out their Philly home victory.
The teams will face off on Sunday in the rubber match of their three game set.Â
Nationals vs. Orioles
A day after blowing a 6-0 lead to the Orioles, the Nationals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Baltimore.Â Â For the second straight day, however, the Nats blew a large lead and fell in the Battle of the Beltway by a score of 6-5.
Washington scored four runs in the 3rd inning, thanks to a two-run double by Adam Dunn and RBIs from Ivan Rodriguez and Roger Bernadina.Â After adding another run in the fourth, the Orioles came back against Nats’ starter Livan Hernandez.Â Adam Jones homered in the fourth to get the O’s on the board, and then the Orioles scored four in the fifth.Â Matt Wieters Â delivered the big hit, as his two-run singleÂ tied the game at 5.
The Orioles took a 6-5 lead in theÂ seventh.Â With Ty WiggintonÂ batting, Nationals reliver Drew StorenÂ threw a wild pitch that allowed Luke Scott to score the go-ahead run.Â Jason Berken (1-1) earned the victory for the Orioles in relief, while Sean Burnett (0-4) took the loss for the Nats.Â Alfredo Simon pitched a perfect ninthÂ to earn his eighth save.
Marlins vs. Padres
Jon Garland and Josh Johnson faced off in a pitcher’s duel Saturday night in Miami.Â Â Johnson pitched eight solid innings, but the Marlins couldn’t solve Garland or the Padres’ pen, and the Padres defeated the Marlins by a score of 2-1.
The Marlins scored first in the second inning thanks toÂ a Mike Stanton sacrifice fly.Â The Padres answered back in the fourth when Adrian Gonzalez doubled home David Eckstein with the tying run.Â Â In the fifth, Jerry Hairston Jr. tripled off of Stanton’s glove, and then scored on Garland’s fly ball to right field.Â Â Garland’s ball took Stanton into foul ground, and Marlins players tried to yell at Stanton to let the ball land foul, but his catch turned into a sacrifice fly and scored the deciding run.
Johnson (8-3) took the loss despite striking out nine and allowing just five hits.Â Garland (8-5) allowed just four hits over 6.2 innings and earned the victory.Â Heath Bell pitched the ninth inning and struck out two in earning his 21st save.