Ibanez with a blast
The Phillies drew first blood in the double dip in Miami yesterday, as they came on late for a 9-3 win.Â Joe Blanton(11-7) went seven shutout innings allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out nine to get the victory.Â Ryan Howard had two hits and three RBI to lead the Phillies in the game with a big two run double to put the game away.
Josh Johnson has been struggling of late, and yesterday was no exception.Â Johnson(15-5) went five innings allowing seven hits and four runs, but struck out ten batters.Â He left down 4-0 but also got little run support during the game in taking this loss.Â In the eighth inning, the Marlins socred their only three runs on a Hanley Ramirez RBI double and then a Dan Uggla two RBI single.
In the second game of the double dip, the Marlins got even, with a 3-0 victory.Â Anibal Sanchez(3-7) pitched a gem, as he went eight innings of two hit ball and allowed no runs before giving way to Leo Nunez for his 24th save of the season.Â Dan Uggla and Cody Ross hit solo home runs and to cap the scoring, Hanley Ramirez had an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Jamie Moyer is usually a Marlin killer, and in this one he pitched well, but not well enough to win.Â Moyer(12-10) went seven innings of three run, nine hit ball in taking the loss.Â The Phillies as a team only had four baserunners, so the bats were pretty silent in this one.
Check out FishGuts for more on the Marlins aspect in this doubleheader and Phillies Phandom for the Phillies.
Why is Chipper front and center when playing the Mets?
The Atlanta Braves continued steamrolling the lowly Mets last night, with a 3-1 victory in New York.Â Jair Jurrjens(13-10) won again versus the Mets as he went seven innings and allowed just five hits and a single run in this one.Â The Braves actually were down 1-0 before Yunel Escobar singled home Martin Prado and Chipper Jones in the second inning.Â That 2-1 score stood until the ninth when Adam LaRoche singled home Yunel Escobar with an insurance run.Â Rafael Soriano worked the ninth allowing one walk around striking out the side to get his 25th save of the year.Â The Braves Baseball Blog has more info on this win.
The Mets, what more can you say about them and how many times have I wrote that?Â Nelson Figueroa(2-7) actually turned in a quality start as he went seven innings of two hit, three walk and two run ball, but had no run support behind him.Â Luis Castillo had an RBI single scoring Anderson Hernandez in the third, but that would be it for the Metsies, check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more on them.
Kuroda shuts down the Nats
The Los Angeles Dodgers came in and beat down on the worst NL team, the Nats last night 14-2.Â Rafael Furcal had a pair of two RBI singles to lead the way for the Dodgers and former Nat, Ronnie Belliard added two hits, two runs and an RBI during the rout.Â Hiroki Kuroda(8-6) went six innings allowing just four hits and two runs to get the win in this one, leaving at only 81 pitches.
Livan Hernandez had his worst start as a National this year.Â Hernandez(8-12) went 3.2 innings and allowed eight hits, eight runs and four walks to put the Nats in a big early hole.Â The lone Nats runs were scored on a two run homer by Adam Dunn scoring Ryan Zimmerman in the third inning, which temporarily had them in a lead before Hernandez’s imposion.Â Check out Centerfield Gate for more on the Nats.