And Then There Were Two: NLDS Predictions

Filed Under (Command Center, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 04-10-2010

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox, Chase Utley, Cincinnati Reds, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Ryan Howard, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum

While the Marlins, Mets, and Nationals hit the golf course and start to make their plans for 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves will be playing in the postseason.  The Phillies comfortably took the NL East, and it took the Braves until Day 162 to earn a playoff berth, but both will be battling to reach the World Series.

So what are their chances?  Here is my take on Round 1.

Phillies vs. Reds

The Phillies have the home field advantage against the NL Central Champion Cincinnati Reds.  The Phillies are clearly the better team, and to me, the question isn’t if the Phils will win this series, but rather how many games it will take.

The Phillies battled through injuries throughout the 2010 season.  Now they are healthy, and thanks to clinching the division title early, they were able to set up their pitching rotation.  With the Roys (Halladay & Oswalt) and Cole Hamels pitching the first three games, the Reds will have their hands full.  The Reds had the chance to set up their rotation as well, but with three righties (Volquez, Arroyo, & Cueto) facing Utley, Howard, and company, Cincinnati’s pitchers will have their hands full.

So, will the Reds take a game?  The Command Center says…..no.

Prediction: Phillies in 3.

Braves vs. Giants

Both the Braves and Giants stamped their tickets to the playoffs on the season’s final day.  Both teams are also built on pitching.  Will one team’s staff let them down?  Will one offense catch fire at the right time?

The Giants will throw out “The Freak,”  Tim Lincecum, against Atlanta’s Derek Lowe in Game 1 on Thursday night.   Every game is important in a short series, but the winner of the first game of this showdown will have a huge leg up on their opponent.   A Giants win, and San Fran will be feeling good and looking to go on a roll with Cain & Sanchez to follow.  If the Braves can defeat San Fran’s ace, it could be a major blow to the Giants’ psyche and a big momentum swing in Atlanta’s favor.

I expect a bunch of low scoring games and teams looking to scratch and claw to put runs on the board.  Will the Braves rally behind their skipper and extend Bobby Cox’s managing career one more series?   I could see this series going either way, but the Command Center can only declare one winner.

Prediction: Giants in 5.

Did the Command Center get these right?  There’s only one way to find out.  Play Ball!

NL East Recap 9-29

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 29-09-2010

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Ben Francisco, Braves, Brewers, Brooks Conrad, Carlos Villenueva, Chris Carter, Dave Bush, David Ross, David Wright, Derek Lowe, Eric Hinske, Freddie Freeman, Ian Desmond, Ike davis, Joe Blanton, John Mayberry, Jon Niese, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Manny Acosta, Marlins, Mets, Mike Stanton, mike sweeney, Nationals, Nyjer Morgan, Phillies, R.A. Dickey, Ross Detwiler, Ryan Braun, Will Ohman, Yovani Gallardo

Braves vs. Marlins

Atlanta beat the Marlins 5-1 Wednesday afternoon, completing the sweep of Florida. A four-run 3rd inning put the Braves in the lead and they never looked back. After David Ross doubled home the Braves’ first run, Brooks Conrad followed with a three-run home run to center field. The Braves fifth run of the game came in the 8th when Florida’s reliever Will Ohman walked Eric Hinske to force home Freddie Freeman. The only run for Florida came in the 6th on an RBI single by Mike Stanton.

Derek Lowe got the win for Atlanta, going 5.2 innings and allowing one run on seven hits while striking out nine. Andrew Miller took the loss, lasting only 3 innings and giving up four runs on four hits while striking out two.

Mets vs. Brewers

Game One

The Mets dropped the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon by a score of 8-7. Milwaukee had a big six-run 3rd inning, but the Mets forged an impressive comeback. Chris Carter drove in two runs in the bottom of the 3rd with a single to left field. The following inning, Jose Reyes tripled to drive in two more runs. Lucas Duda hit a solo shot to cut the lead to 6-5. David Wright capped off the inning with a two-run home run to give the Mets the lead. The Mets’ bullpen wasn’t able to hold the lead, however, giving up two runs in the 8th inning to Milwaukee.

Neither starting pitcher was able to make it to the 5th inning for a win. Jon Niese only lasted 2.2 innings and gave up six runs on ten hits while striking out three. Yovani Gallardo went 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs on ten hits while striking out four. Carlos Villenueva got the win for Milwaukee. Manny Acosta took the loss for New York.

Game Two

Milwaukee took game two by a score of 3-1 to sweep the doubleheader. Milwaukee starter Dave Bush singled home the Brewers’ first run in the 3rd inning. It would remain 1-0 until the top of the 8th when the Brewers added on two more runs thanks to a two-RBI double off the bat of Ryan Braun. The Mets lone run of the game came in the bottom of the 8th on a sacrifice fly by Ike Davis.

R.A. Dickey took the loss for the Mets, going 7 innings and giving up one run on six hits while striking out four. Dave Bush got the win for Milwaukee, going 6 innings and allowing no runs on three hits while striking out one.

Nationals vs. Phillies

The home run happy Phils beat Washington 7-1. All of the Phillies seven runs came on home runs. Mike Sweeney and Ben Francisco each hit solo shots in the 2nd inning to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. John Mayberry then hit a three-run shot to make it 5-0. Francisco would later hit his second home run of the game in the 5th, a two-run shot to left field. Washington’s only run of the game came in the 4th inning when Nyjer Morgan scored on a ground out by Ian Desmond.

Joe Blanton got the win for Philadelphia, going 7 innings and giving up one run on three hits while striking out six. Ross Detwiler took the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits while striking out two.

NL East Recap 9-25

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 25-09-2010

Tagged Under : Alberto Gonzalez, Alex Gonzalez, Bobby Cox, Braves, Brewers, Brian McCann, Chris Narveson, Chris Volstad, Derek Lowe, Derrek Lee, Dillon Gee, Gaby Sanchez, Hisanori Takahashi, Jose Reyes, Josh Thole, Kyle Kendrick, Logan Morrison, Lucas Duda, Marlins, martin prado, Mets, Mike Stanton, Nationals, osvaldo martinez, Phillies, Ryan Howard, Yunesky Maya

Braves vs. Nationals

The Braves beat Washington 5-0 Saturday, giving Bobby Cox his 2,500th win and putting Atlanta in a tie for the Wild Card. A throwing error by Washington’s third baseman Alberto Gonzalez in the 3rd inning allowed Brian McCann to reach base and Derrek Lee to score, giving Atlanta a 1-0 lead. It remained 1-0 until the 6th inning when the Braves tagged on four more runs. Derrek Lee got things started with a double to score Martin Prado. Alex Gonzalez capped off the inning with three-run home run to make it 5-0. Nationals hitters couldn’t do much against Atlanta starter Derek Lowe.  Washington left 12 men on base and were 0-10 with runners in scoring position.

Lowe got the win for Atlanta, going 5 innings and allowing just five hits while striking out four. Yunesky Maya took the loss for Washington, going 5.1 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out one.

Mets vs. Phillies

The Mets snapped the Phillies 11-game win streak, beating Philadelphia 5-2. Philadelphia struck first with two runs in the 1st inning thanks to a two-run shot off the bat of Ryan Howard. The score stayed 2-0 until the 7th when the Mets broke through to score five runs in the inning. Josh Thole drove in the first run for the Mets with a single, but the inning’s biggest hit belonged to Lucas Duda. Pinch hitting with the bases loaded, Duda hit a bases clearing double to make it 4-2 Mets. A few batters later, Jose Reyes hit an RBI double to center.

Dillon Gee got the win, going 7 innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five. Kyle Kendrick took the loss, going 6.1 innings and allowing four runs on six hits while striking out four. Hisanori Takahashi recorded his 8th save for the Mets.

Marlins vs. Brewers

The Marlins shut out the Brewers 4-0 to win the third game of the four game set in Milwaukee. Logan Morrison singled home the first run of the game for Florida to make it 1-0 Marlins. It stayed that way until the 7th when Mike Stanton hit a solo shot to left field. In the 8th, Gaby Sanchez hit an RBI single to score Osvaldo Martinez. The Marlins tagged on their final run in the 9th with an RBI double by Martinez.

Chris Volstad went 6.2 innings to get the win. He gave up six hits while striking out two. Chris Narveson took the loss for Milwaukee, going 6.2 innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five.

What’s on Tap 9-25-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 25-09-2010

Tagged Under : Braves, Brewers, Chris Narveson, Chris Volstad, Derek Lowe, Dillon Gee, Kyle Kendrick, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Yunesky Maya

Saturday’s games:

Braves vs. Nationals

The Braves and Nationals continue their series his afternoon  in Washington. Derek Lowe (14-12, 4.18 ERA) takes the hill for Atlanta. Yunesky Maya (0-2, 6.32 ERA) starts for Washington. First pitch is 1:05 p.m.

Mets vs. Phillies

The mets and Phillies play game two tonight in Philadelphia. Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the start for New York. Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.78 ERA) starts for the Phillies. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Marlins vs. Brewers

The Marlins send Chris Volstad (10-9, 4.82 ERA) to the mound as they play game two against the Brewers. Chris Narveson (11-8, 5.25 ERA) starts for the Brewers. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

NL East Recap 9/19

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by samlevenstein on 20-09-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Alex Gonzalez, Andrew Miller, bobby scales, brad snyder, Brian McCann, Brian Schneider, Carlos Beltran, Chase Utley, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Danny Espinosa, darwin barney, David Wright, Derek Lee, Derek Lowe, Drew Storen, Hector Luna, Ian Desmond, Ike davis, jason werth, Jeff Baker, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Blanton, Josh Thole, Logan Morrison, micha hoffpauir, Michael Morse, Placido Polanco, R.A. Dickey, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, sam fuld, thomas diamond, Tyler Colvin, Vance Worley, wellington castillo, Willie Harris, Yunesky Maya

Mets vs. Braves

The Braves beat the Mets in a score of 6-3.  The Mets scored in the 1st when David Wright homered scoring Carlos Beltran.  The Braves struck back in the 2nd when Álex González singled scoring Brian McCann.  In the 6th Álex González singled home Derek Lee and in the 7th Derek Lee hit a grand slam.  The Mets scored again in the 7th when Josh Thole grounded into a double play scoring Ike Davis.

Derek Lowe got the win pitching 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, with 2 strikeouts.  RA Dickey got the loss after pitching 6 innings, giving up 10 hits, 4 runs, and no strikeouts.  Craig Kimbrel got his first save of the season giving up 1 hit with 3 strikeouts.

Marlins vs. Cubs

The Cubs beat the Marlins in a score of 13-3.  The Cubs scored 2 runs in the 1st when Bobby Scales singled home Darwin Barney and Jeff Baker.  In the 2nd they scored 6 runs thanks to 3 walks, Brad Snyder singled scoring Jeff Baker and Micha Hoffpauir, and Wellington Castillo hit a ground rule double scoring Tyler Colvin.  The Marlins went on the board in the 4th when Dan Uggla hit a homerun scoring Logan Morrison.  In the 5th Darwin Barney scored on a pass ball and in the bottom on the inning the Marlins scored when Hector Luna hit a solo shot.  The Cubs scored 4 more in the 9th when Wellington Castillo homered scoring Brad Snyder, Sam Fuld doubled scoring Thomas Diamond, and Jeff Baker doubled scoring Sam Fuld.

Jeff Samardzija got the win pitching 6 innings giving up 3 hits, 3 runs, and 4 strikeouts.  The loss went to Andrew Miller who pitched just 1.1 innings giving up 3 hits, 5 runs, and 1 strikeout.

Phillies vs. Nationals

The Phillies beat the Nationals in a score of 7-6.  The Nationals struck first when Willie Harris hit a solo shot in the 3rd.  In the 4th Brian Schneider doubled scoring Raul Ibanez and Jason Werth.  In the 5th Jason Werth singled scoring Placido Polanco.  Michael Morse homered in the 6th scoring Ian Desmond and Adam Dunn and in the 7th Danny Espinosa hit a solo shot.  In the 8th Willie Harris singled scoring Michael Morse and Roger Bernadina. In the 9th the Phillies scored 4 runs when Ryan Howard singled scoring Placido Polanco and Chase Utley and Jason Werth homered scoring Ryan Howard.

Yunesky Maya started for the Nationals pitching 4.2 innings giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, and 2 strikeouts.  Joe Blanton started for the Phillies pitching 6 innings giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, and 8 strikeouts.  The win went to Vance Worley who pitched the 9th giving up just 1 hit with 1 strikeout.  The loss went to Drew Storen who did not record an out giving up 4 hits and 4 runs.

What’s on Tap 9-19-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 19-09-2010

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Cubs, Derek Lowe, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Blanton, Marlins, Nationals, Philllies, R.A. Dickey, Yunesky Maya

Sunday’s games:

Braves vs. Mets

The Braves go for the sweep as they take on the Mets in the series finale this afternoon in New York. Derek Lowe (13-12, 4.22 ERA) starts for Atlanta. R.A. Dickey (11-6, 2.80 ERA) starts for the Mets. Game time is 1:10 p.m.

Marlins vs. Cubs

The Marlins try and salvage the final game against the Cubs this afternoon in Florida. Andrew Miller (1-2, 6.75 ERA) takes the hill for Florida. Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 7.00 ERA) gets the start for Chicago. First pitch is 1:10 p.m.

Nationals vs. Phillies

The Nationals try and avoid the sweep while the Phillies look for their 7th straight win in the series finale this afternoon. Yunesky Maya (0-2, 6.55 ERA) starts for Washington. Joe Blanton (7-6, 5.00 ERA) starts for the Phillies. Game time is 1:35 p.m. in Philadelphia.

What’s on Tap 9-13-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 13-09-2010

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Braves, Derek Lowe, Dillon Gee, James McDonald, Joe Blanton, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Yunesky Maya

Monday’s games:

Braves vs. Nationals

The Braves and Nationals begin a three-game series tonight in Atlanta. Derek Lowe (12-12, 4.42 ERA) starts for the Braves. Yunesky Maya (0-1, 7.20 ERA) gets the start for Washington. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Marlins vs. Phillies

The Marlins and Phillies go head-to-head tonight in their series opener in Florida. Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16 ERA) gets the start for Florida. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15 ERA) starts for Philadelphia. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

Mets vs. Pirates

The Mets send Dillon Gee (1-0, 1.29 ERA) out for a second start as they begin their series with Pittsburgh. James McDonald (3-4, 4.17 ERA) starts for the Pirates. Game time is 7:10 p.m. in New York.

What’s on Tap 8-29-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 29-08-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Wainwright, Astros, Braves, Bud Norris, Cardinals, Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, John Lannan, Josh Johnson, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, R.A. Dickey

Sunday’s games:

Mets vs. Astros

The Mets look to take the rubber game of their three-game set with Houston. R.A. Dickey (8-5, 2.64 ERA) starts for New York. Bud Norris (6-7, 5.03 ERA) starts for Houston. Game time is 1:10 p.m. in N.Y.

Braves vs. Marlins

The Braves and Marlins close out their series this afternoon in Atlanta. Derek Lowe (11-12, 4.33 ERA) gets the start for the Braves. Josh Johnson (11-5, 2.36 ERA) starts for Florida. First pitch is 1:35 p.m.

Nationals vs. Cardinals

The Nationals send John Lannan (5-6, 5.23 ERA) to the mound in their series finale with the Cardinals this afternoon in D.C. Adam Wainwright (17-8, 2.18 ERA) takes the hill for St. Louis. Game time is 1:35 p.m.

Phillies vs. Padres

Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.47 ERA) and the Phillies take on Clayton Kershaw (12-5, 3.55 ERA) and the Padres in the final game of the series. First pitch is 4:05 p.m. in San Diego.

NL East Recap 8-24

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 25-08-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Kennedy, Alex Gonzalez, Alfonso Soriano, Angel Pagan, Atlanta Braves, Bud Norris, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Lee, Carlos Marmol, Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs, Clay Hensley, Cole Hamels, Colorado Rockies, david herndon, Derek Lowe, Dexter Fowler, Florida Marlins, Gaby Sanchez, Hisanori Takahashi, Houston Astros, Huston Street, Ike davis, Jeff Francoeur, Jeff Fulchino, Jimmy Rollins, John Lannan, Jorge De La Rosa, Josh Johnson, Luis Castillo, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, R.A. Dickey, Raul Ibanez, Roy Oswalt, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Seth Smith, Tyler Colvin, Washington Nationals, Will Ohman, Wilton Lopez

Phillies vs. Astros

The Phillies and Astros played a wild game Tuesday night in Philadelphia.  The game featured a pitcher’s duel, ninth inning home run, and a key ejection that forced the Phillies to use a pitcher in the field.  In the end, the Astos defeated the Phillies by a score of 4-2 in a 16 inning marathon.

Astros Phillies BaseballThe Astros got on the board first in the fourth inning when Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer off of Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels.  The Phils got a run back off of Houston starter Bud Norris in the sixth on a Raul Ibanez RBI double, but the Astros held on to a 2-1 lead entering the ninth inning.    With two outs in the ninth, Jimmy Rollins blasted a solo home run off of Houston reliever Wilton Lopez to tie the game and send it to extra innings.  Then things got really interesting.

 Neither team could find a way to score in extra frames.  In the bottom of the 14th, Ryan Howard came up with two runners on and two outs.  Howard had two check swings ruled strikes by third base umpire Scott Barry, the last being strike three.  When Howard tossed his bat and helmet after the strike out, Barry ejected Howard, causing the Phillies first baseman to charge towards the umpire before being restrained.  The ejection left the Phillies short a position player, and forced manager Charlie Manuel to insert pitcher Roy Oswalt in left field. 

The Astros finally broke the tie in the top of the 16th off of reliever David Herndon (1-3), scratching out two runs on an infield single and fielder’s choice.  In the bottom of the inning, Howard’s ejection loomed large again.   Astros’ reliever Jeff Fulchino (1-0) retired the first two batters, but after walking Placido Polanco, Houston intentionally walked Chase Utley to bring up “clean up hitter” Roy Oswalt.   Fulchino got Oswalt to ground out to end the game and give Houston the victory.

 

Marlins vs. Mets

 The Mets’ slumbering offense knocked out Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson after five innings and used single runs in the final two innings to defeat Florida by a score of 6-5 at Citi Field.

APTOPIX Marlins Mets BaseballThe Mets broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fifth off of Johnson, thanks to an RBI single by Carlos Beltran and Jeff Francoeur‘s second sacrifice fly of the game.  Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey kept the Mets in the lead until the seventh.  With two outs and two on in the seventh, Dickey allowed a three-run homer to Gaby Sanchez to give Florida a 5-4 lead.  However, the Mets came back against the Marlins’ bullpen.

With two outs in the eighth, Angel Pagan doubled and Beltran drove in his second run of the game with a run-scoring single off of Clay Hensley to tie the game at 5.   After Hisanori Takahashi (8-6) retired the Marlins in the top of the ninth, Luis Castillo hit a two-out single off of Will Ohman (0-2) to score Ike Davis and give the Mets the walk-off victory.

 

Nationals vs. Cubs

The Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and closer Carlos Marmol survived a shaky ninth as Chicago held on to defeat the Nationals 5-4 in Washington.

Cubs Nationals BaseballNationals’ starter John Lannan (5-6) allowed a three-run homer to Alfonso Soriano and a two-run shot to Tyler Colvin as the Cubs built a 5-1 lead.  Meanwhile, Zambrano (5-6) allowed just one run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight.   Marmol entered the game in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, but struck out Ian Desmond to keep the score at 5-1.

In the ninth, Marmol created his own bases loaded mess, and with two outs, Adam Kennedy cleared the bases with a three-run double to cut Chicago’s lead to 5-4.  Luckily for the Cubbies, Marmol rebounded to retire Ryan Zimmerman on a fly ball to preserve the victory.  Despite allowing three runs, Marmol was credited with his 23rd save of the season since he entered the game with the tying run at the plate.

 

Braves vs. Rockies

The first place Atlanta Braves received a solid starting pitching performance from Derek Lowe, but the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa was better on Tuesday night, and the Braves fell by a score of 5-2 in Colorado.

Braves Rockies BaseballThe Rockies opened the scoring when Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off of Lowe (11-12) in the bottom of the first.  The Braves got a run back in the second off of De La Rosa (5-4) on an Alex Gonzalez solo shot, but Rockies got that run back with a Seth Smith home run in the sixth.  Alex Gonzalez cut the Rockies lead to 3-2 with a seventh inning RBI single, but that was as close as the Braves would get.

The Rockies added some insurance in the eighth inning courtesy of a Dexter Fowler two-run single.  Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his 12th save of the season.

NL East Recap 8-19

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 20-08-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Andrew McCutchen, Angel Pagan, Angel Sanchez, Argenis Diaz, Astros, Brandon Lyon, Braves, Bud Norris, Buster Posey, Carlos Lee, Chris Carter, chris snyder, Cody Ross, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, Gaby Sanchez, Giants, Hunter Pence, Ian Desmond, Jeff Francoeur, John Lannan, Jonathan Sanchez, Jose Guillen, Juan Uribe, Kyle Farnsworth, Leo Nunez, Marlins, matt diaz, Mets, Michael Morse, mike sweeney, Nationals, Nyjer Morgan, Pablo Sandoval, Pat Misch, Paul Maholm, Phillies, Pirates, Roger Bernadina, Ryan Zimmerman, Sergio Romo, Wes Helms, Willie Harris

Braves vs. Nationals

Nationals Braves BaseballThe Nationals took the final game of their series with the Braves by a score of 6-2. Michael Morse got things started for Washington in the 2nd inning, hitting his 9th home run of the season to left field. The next inning, Nyjer Morgan scored on an RBI single off the bat of Ian Desmond to make it 2-0 Nats. Washington tagged on two more runs in the 6th on a double by Roger Bernadina, followed by a single from Ryan Zimmerman. Willie Harris also contributed to the Nationals offense with a two-run home run in the 9th off Atlanta’s Kyle Farnsworth. The only two runs for Atlanta came in the bottom of the 6th thanks to a two-run RBI double off the bat of Matt Diaz.

Washington’s John Lannan got the win, going 5.1 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out five. Derek Lowe took the loss for Atlanta, going 7 innings and allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six.

Marlins vs. Pirates

Marlins Pirates BaseballThe Marlins won the series finale against the Pirates by a score of 4-2. The game was scoreless until the 6th inning when the Marlins put up four runs in the inning. Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run home run to center field. A few batters later, Wes Helms hit an RBI single to drive home Cody Ross. A ground-rule double in the bottom of the 8th by Argenis Diaz to score Chris Snyder put Pittsburgh on the board. The Pirates added another run in the bottom of the 9th with a solo shot off the bat of Andrew McCutchen.

Alex Sanabia got the win for Florida, going 7.2 innings and giving up one run on four hits while striking out five. Paul Maholm took the loss for Pittsburgh, going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out two. Leo Nunez recorded his 28th save for Florida.

Phillies vs. Giants

Giants Phillies BaseballThe Phillies lost to the Giants 5-2, and are now only one game up on San Francisco in the wild card. An RBI double by Buster Posey followed by back-to-back RBI singles by Jose Guillen and Juan Uribe gave the Giants a three-run lead in the 1st inning. Another double by Posey in the 3rd and a home run by Pablo Sandoval in the 4th gave San Francisco a 5-0 lead. The Phillies were only able to get two hits off Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez. Philadelphia’s two runs came in the bottom of the 9th on a double by Mike Sweeney off reliever Sergio Romo.

Sanchez got the win for San Francisco, going 8 innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out seven. Cole Hamels, who once again got little run support, took the loss, going 5 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out five.

Mets vs. Astros

Mets Astros BaseballThe Mets fell to the Astros 3-2. New York scored two runs in the 4th inning. The first run coming on a ground out by Jeff Francoeur to score Angel Pagan. The second on an RBI single by Chris Carter. Houston was held to just one hit through 6 innings by Pat Misch, who retired 16 straight, but broke through in the 7th. After singles by Angel Sanchez and Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee hit a three-run home run to give the Astros a 3-2 lead.

Bud Norris got the win for Houston, going 7 innings and allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four. Pat Misch took the loss, going 6 innings and giving up three runs on four hits while striking out one. Brandon Lyon got the save for Houston.