Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 03-07-2010
Tagged Under : Alex Cora, Altanta Braves, andy laroche, Billy Wagner, Florida Marlins, Gaby Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Ian Desmond, Jamie Moyer, Jonathon Niese, Josh Johnson, Josh Willingham, Kris Medlen, Leo Nunez, Luis Atilano, martin prado, New York Mets, Octavio Dotel, Omar Infante, Philadelphia Phillies, Roger Bernadina, Ross Ohlendorf, Washington Nationals
Marlins vs. Braves
The Marlins and Braves went extra innings on Friday night in Atlanta.Â Â The Braves blew a ninth inning lead and fell behind in the top of the 11th, but Atlanta bounced back in the bottom of the 11th and defeated the Marlins 4-3.
Braves starter Kris Medlen and Marlins ace Josh Johnson each allowed only one run.Â Medlen allowed a solo homer to Hanley Ramirez in the top of the first, but kept the Marlins off of the scoreboard after that.Â Â A pair of RBI singles by Martin Prado in the 5th and 7th innings gave the Braves a 2-1 lead.Â The score stayed that way until the top of the ninth.Â Billy Wagner came on for the save, but Gaby Sanchez led off the frame with a solo shot to center to tie the game at 2.
The score remained tied at 2 until the top of the 11th, when the Marlins took the lead on a bizarre play.Â With the bases loaded and one out, the Marlins attempted a squeeze with pinch hitter Brian Barden at the plate.Â Barden missed the bunt attempt and Wes Helms was caught in a rundown breaking from third.Â Â However, the Marlins caught a break when Braves reliever Jonny Venters dropped the ball as he went to tag out Helms, who scored the go-ahead run.Â Â The Marlins brought in closer Leo Nunez in the bottom of the 11th, but he failed to retire a batter.Â After allowing a leadoff walk and a double, Omar Infante singled to left to bring home two runs and give the Braves a walk-off victory.Â Venters (3-0) earned the victory for Atlanta, while Nunez (3-2) suffered the loss for Florida.
Mets vs. Nationals
The Mets received a solid starting pitching performance for the second straight day in Washington.Â This time, they provided their starter with some offense, jumping out to an early lead and hanging on to defeat the Nationals by a score of 5-3.
The Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Nats starter Luis Atilano on an RBI groundout from Ike Davis, and then knocked AtilanoÂ (6-5) out of the game in the fourth.Â After loading the bases with no outs, Atilano retired the next two Mets and looked like he might escape the jam.Â However, Alex CoraÂ followed with a triple off of the right field wall to clear the bases.Â MetsÂ pitcherÂ Jonathon Niese followed with an RBI double to bring home Cora and give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Niese held the Nationals scoreless until the seventh inning, whenÂ Josh Willingham led off the inning with aÂ solo homer to put the Nats on the board.Â However, Niese (6-2)Â retired the next three batters and finished up seven innings, allowing just that one run.Â The score remained 5-1 until the bottom of the ninth, when things got interesting.Â Mets manager Jerry Manuel elected not to bring in his closer to start the inning with a four run lead, but summoned Francisco Rodriguez once the game became a save situation with two outs and runners on second and third.Â Roger Bernadina and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the lead to 5-3 and put the tying runs on base.Â Â Met killer Willie Harris then came up and worked a full count, but instead of coming home, Rodriguez wheeled around and threw to second, picking off Bernadina to end the game.Â That pickoff was the only out K-Rod recorded, but it was enough to earn him his 19th save on the season.
Phillies vs. Pirates
The Phillies and Pirates couldn’t muster much offense Friday night in Pittsburgh.Â The Pirates scratched out two runs in the fourth, and those runs held up as the Pirates defeated the Phillies by a score of 2-0.
Phillies starter Jamie Moyer pitched six strong innings, allowing just five hits and striking out eight.Â Unfortunately for Moyer (9-7) and the Phillies, it wasn’t enough.Â In the fourth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Moyer got Andy LaRoche to hit a slow roller towards third base.Â Moyer raced to pick up the ball and fired to first, but he threw wildly over the head of Ryan Howard, allowing two runs to score.Â LaRoche was credited with an infield hit and an RBI on the play.
Meanwhile, Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf pitched seven shutout innings for Pittsburgh, allowing five hits and just one walk while striking out eight.Â Octavio Dotel came on in the ninth inning and retired the Phillies in order to earn his 18th save and give Ohlendorf (1-6) his first win on the season.