Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 09-08-2009
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Cole Hamels and the Phillies weer looking to take the second game of the series against the Marlins and hoping last season’s post season hero would get back in form. Â Through five innings it looked good for Hamels, who had a 3-2 lead and was pitching well, but then he gave up a two run bomb to Cody Ross to be down 4-3. Â Jeremy Hermida and Chris Coghlan added RBI singles later in addition to Coghlan’s home run in the first and the Marlins went on to win 6-4. Â Brian Sanches(2-1) worked the fifth inning and was credited for the win as the Marlins took the lead in the sixth and ran with it, and Leo Nunez worked the ninth allowing two hits and a run for his 11th save. Â FishGuts has more information on this win and the Fish getting closer to the Phils in the division.
The Phillies bats were fairly silent on Saturday, as groundouts by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley produced two of their four runs. Â The other two were on an RBI single by Shane Victorino and by a dropped popup by first baseman Nick Johnson temporarily giving the Phils the lead. Â Hamels(7-7) went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on five hits while allowing four walks and two bombs. Â Phillies Phandom will cover more of the Phillies troubles this weekend against the Marlins.
Kelly Johnson with the big blast
In Los Angeles, another nail biter and extra inning game took place, and had a similar result. Â The Braves and Dodgers were scoreless for nine innings but in the tenth inning, Kelly Johnson changed that. Â Johnson hit a two run pinch hit home run also scoring Adam LaRoche to give the Braves a 2-0 lead and eventually give them a 2-1 win. Â The Braves had three hits in the entire game, but luckily got excellent pitching throughout including seven shutout innings from starter Kenshin Kawakami. Â Kris Medlen(3-3) pitched two shutout innings being rewarded with a win and Rafael Soriano nailed it down, but did give up a run in earning save number 17. Â The Braves Baseball Blog is your place for all Braves information.
Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of no run ball himself, only allowing two hits a walk and striking out ten while leaving with 103 pitches. Â Guillermo Mota(3-3) took the loss working the tenth and walking Adam LaRoche before giving up the blast to Kelly Johnson. Â Andre Ethier produced the only run for the Dodgers as he doubled in Juan Pierre in the tenth inning but that was all they got.
Talking about winter vacations?
The San Diego Padres were looking to take their third straight agains the once again Reeling New York Mets. Â They sent rookie Mat Latos to the hill, and Latos looked great, except for a first inning run. Â Will Venable and David Eckstein had RBI singles and Cabrera walked to score a run as the Padres won 3-1. Â Latos(4-1) went six innings and allowed four hits and only a first inning home run for the win. Â Former Met Heath Bell worked the ninth inning and got his 28th save of the season, the Padres go for a four game sweep on Sunday afternoon.
What can you say about the Mets that hasn’t been said? Â They started Bobby Parnell as Mike Pelfrey had to attend to the birth of his son. Â Parnell(2-4) lasted only 2.1 innings allowing two runs on four hits, but had an extremely high pitch count of 68 before leaving. Â Five Met relievers got them through the game only allowing one extra run and Alex Cora gave all the offense with a 1st inning home run. The Real Dirty Mets Blog will have more information on the Mets as they just hope to get a quick ending to the season.
The Nats are happy
The Washington Nationals have won yet again, making it seven in a row Saturday by a score of 5-2. Â Garret Mock(1-4) got his first win of the year while going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits with seven K’s. Â The offense was carried by Homeruns by Willingham and Josh Bard as well as an RBI single from Adam Dunn. Â The team looks good lately, and you have to wonder if it is care free play, the youth, or the new manager. Â Jorge Sosa got the save in the ninth as Mike MacDougal had been in need of a day off. Â Make sure to check out CenterfieldGate for more information on the new Nats.
Danny Haren(11-7) had his second straight rough outting against a NL East opponent but this time got the loss. Â Haren gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings after giving up five runs against the Mets earlier this week on his way to this loss. Â Mark Reynolds hit a two run home which proved to be all the offense the Diamondbacks would muster as they look to avoid a sweep on Sunday.