Zito beats the Phillies
The San Francisco Giants went into Sunday’s afternoon game against the Phillies with a chance to take three of four in the series, but a tough task of the Phillies ace Cole Hamels was in front of them.Â For four and a half innings it looked like Hamels would shut them down.Â In the fifth though, Freddy Sanchez got a two RBI double scoring Zito and Valez which tied the game.Â Then later in the game, on a Ryan Howard error, Sanchez scored the go ahead run, and the Giants cruised from there.Â The Giants added three more in the sixth inning on a Randy Winn RBI single and a Eugenio Valez two RBI single making the final score 7-3.Â Barry Zito(7-10) lasted through six innings and was rewarded with a win, after the Phillies were up 3-1 by the top of the fifth inning.Â Giants relief pitching went three innings and only allowed three hits the rest of the way.
The Phillies’ Cole Hamels is still trying to find his postseason form from last year, and it really seemed like he found it.Â Things fell apart as mentioned above in the bottom of the fifth and Hamels took the loss.Â Hamels(7-6) went five innings but pitched to four in the sixth inning and was charged with six earned runs, but seven overall because of Howard’s error.Â Jimmy Rollins hit his 11th home run of the season in the fourth and the Phillies got two RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz to cap their scoring.Â Phillies Phandom will have all your Phillies info.
Different Uni, same result
The Marlins had a tough task this weekend when they welcomed the Chicago Cubs into town for a three game set.Â All three games were exciting and included a lot of come backs and bad relief pitching.Â Sunday was no different, as the Marlins won in walk off fashion.Â Ricky Nolasco went seven strong innings and gave up only one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven, but actually left losing.Â Cody Ross hit his 16th of the season in the seventh inning which for the time being tied the game.Â That held up until Brenden Donnelly gave up a solo home run to Jake Fox and was headed for the loss.Â Lucky for Donnelly, Kevin Gregg the former Marlins closer entered in the ninth inning for the save.Â Gregg got one out before he gave up back to back home runs to Dan Uggla and Cody Ross, the second of the game from Ross and a game winner by a score of 3-2.Â Check out FishGuts for more Marlins info and on their series victory against the Cubbies.
The Cubs also had a great starting otuting by Ryan Dempster, who went six scoreless innings while scattering three hits and four walks.Â Aaron Heilman, the former Met instantly gave up the lead he had worked with, and as you read, Kevin Gregg blew the game for the Cubs.Â Derek Lee had the lone RBI in the first six innings with an RBI single in the third and Jake Fox produced the only other run.
Kemp with a 3 run bomb
The Dodgers managed to get back on track this weekend taking two of three in Atlanta against the Braves.Â Yesterday, Chad Billingsley was pitching a gem until he left after the fifth with an injury.Â Billingsley(11-6) only allowed two hits, zero runs and one walk while striking out nine and left after 83 pitches and an apparent injury.Â The Dodgers bullpen combined for four innings and only allowed three hits and one run on way to a 9-1 victory.Â Matt Kemp had a huge game, going 3-5 with one run scored and five total RBI.Â Three of those RBI came in the fifth with a three run home run, and he added two more in the eighth with a two run single.Â James Loney also added two RBI for the Dodgers.
Jair Jurrjens had a rare mediocre start for the Braves, but was pitching well for the first four innings.Â Jair Jurrjens(9-8) went five innings allowing ten hits and four runs, but all four runs came in the fifth inning of the game.Â Martin Prado produced all the Braves runs with an RBI single in the eighth scoring Matt Diaz.Â The Braves Baseball Blog will have more Braves info for you.
Pelf has a mediocre start
The New York Mets went into Sunday’s game hoping to have another solid game after a late inning win on Saturday night.Â Mike Pelfrey, who had pitched great on Tuesday night against the Rockies just didn’t have it on Sunday though.Â Pelfrey(8-7) took the loss going only five innings while allowing three runs and three walks and two more hit batsmen, in a row.Â Jeff Francouer homered for the Mets and Alex Cora doubled in the fifth to produce the Mets only runs in the 5-2 win.Â The Mets hope to get a series split tonight as the four game set ends at 7:10Pm.Â Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more.
Jon Garland had his second victory since May 19th in this game, as he was able to pitch a complete game.Â Garland(6-10) allowed seven hits and two runs and pitched all the innings while using only 106 pitches.Â He was helped by a Chad Tracy two run double and Gerardo Parra getting two late RBI to secure the victory.
Maholm serves one up
The Nationals were able to take the final game of the three game set against the Pirates in a battle of the young and rebuilding teams on Sunday.Â Josh Willingham had the big blow in this game as he hit a two run home run in the seventh inning putting the Nats up 3-2 at the time.Â Alberto Gonzalez added his second RBI in the game that inning on a ground rule double.Â Willingham added his third RBI of the game in the eighth inning and put the game away for the Nationals.Â Former Pirate Sean Burnett(2-2) got the win in relief recording just one out in the sixth inning.Â Mike MacDougal recorded his seventh save of the season while only allowing a walk in the ninth inning.Â CenterfieldGate will have more Nats info for you.
Paul Maholm(6-6) did not make many mistakes in this game, but in the sixth inning, he allowed the two run home run to Willingham and then was charged with the final run of the inning. The Pirates only three runs recorded were on two home runs.Â The first was by Ronnie Cedeno in the third scoring Brandon Moss and the final was by Delwyn Young in the seventh, but that was all they would get in losing 5-3.