NL East Recap 10-2

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 02-10-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Antonio Bastardo, Braves, Brian Sanches, Chad Tracy, Charlie Morton, Chris Carter, Clay Hensley, David Wright, Jonny Venters, Jorge Sosa, Lucas Duda, Marlins, Mets, Michael Morse, Mike Stanton, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Raul Valdes, Ruben Tejada, Ryota Igarashi, Tommy Hanson, Tyler Clippard, Vance Worley, Wilson Ramos, Yunesky Maya

Mets vs. Nationals

The Mets beat the Nationals Saturday afternoon 7-2. Ruben Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The next inning, Lucas Duda homered to make it 2-0. In the 6th, Michael Morse hit a solo shot for Washington, cutting the lead to 2-1. In the 7th, the Nationals tied it up on an infield single by Wilson Ramos. In the bottom of the 7th, David Wright hit a big three-run blast to center field to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. The following inning, Chris Carter hit a two-run shot.

Both starters got a no decision after today’s outting. Raul Valdes went 5.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out five. Yunesky Maya went 5 innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four. Ryota Igarashi got the win for the Mets. Tyler Clippard took the loss.

Braves vs. Phillies

It was a tight game through 7 innings, but Philadelphia went on to beat the Braves 7-0. The Phillies scored four runs in the 7th. Three of those runs were on singles and one came on a wild pitch. Philadelphia went on to score one run in the 8th, and two more runs in the 9th. Atlanta hitters were held to just three hits all night. With the loss, Atlanta is not tied for the Wild Card.

Both starters got a no decision. Vance Worley went 5 innings for Philadelphia, and gave up just one hit while striking out three. Tommy Hanson went 5 innings for Atlanta and allowed six hits while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo got the win for the Phillies. Jonny Venters took the loss for Atlanta.

Marlins vs. Pirates

Florida took game two against the Pirates by a score of 2-0. Florida’s runs came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Mike Stanton started things with an RBI single. Chad Tracy would later hit a sacrifice fly in the inning to make it 2-0.

Jorge Sosa got the start for Florida in place of Alexa Sanabia who sat out with a stiff elbow. Sosa got a no decision after going 4 innings and giving up five hits while striking out one. Reliever Brian Sanches got the win for Florida. Charlie Morton took the loss for Pittsburgh. Morton went 6 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out nine. Clay Hensley recorded his 6th save for the Marlins.

NL East Recap 10-1

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 02-10-2010

Tagged Under : Adalberto Mendez, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Chan Ho Park, chris snyder, Dan Uggla, Daniel McCutchen, Derrek Lee, Florida Marlins, Hisanori Takahashi, Ike davis, Jimmy Rollins, Jordan Zimmermann, Josh Thole, Kyle Kendrick, Michael Morse, New York Mets, Pat Misch, pedro alvarez, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals

Phillies vs. Braves

The Braves had a chance to clinch at least a tie for the NL Wild Card with a victory on Friday night.  However, the first place Phillies broke open the game with a five run sixth inning on their way to a 11-5 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.

With the game tied at 2 entering the sixth, the Phillies put two runners on base versus Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy (0-2).  Peter Moylan relieved Beachy with two outs, and after a throwing error by Brooks Conrad prolonged the inning, Moylan walked pinch hitter Domonic Brown with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run.  Mike Dunn relieved Moylan and promptly allowed a grand slam to Jimmy Rollins to give Philly a 7-2 lead. 

The Phillies added four more runs in the eighth to take a commanding 11-2 lead.  Atlanta scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but that was as close as they would get.  Kyle Kendrick (11-10) earned the victory for the Phillies, limiting the Braves to two runs and five hits over five innings.  Derrek Lee was the lone bright spot for the Braves, going 3 for 5 and driving in all five Atlanta runs.


Mets vs. Nationals

With reports swirling that both their GM and Manager were on their way out, the Mets received solid pitching and used a pair of long balls to defeat the Nationals by a score of 2-1 in 10 innings at Citi Field.

Mets rookie Ike Davis homered off of Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth inning to put the Mets on the scoreboard.  New York starter Pat Misch kept Washington off of the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when Michael Morse connected for a solo home run of his own to tie the game at 1.  Misch allowed just two other hits over eight innings of work, striking out 10 batters.

The game remained 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th, when another Mets rookie went deep.  With one out, Josh Thole blasted a home run off of reliever Tyler Clippard (11-7) to give the Mets a walk off victory.  Mets reliever Hisanori Takahashi (10-6) pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.


Marlins vs. Pirates

Facing off in the second game of a four game series, the Pirates defeated the Marlins 5-1 on Friday evening in Miami.

Dan Uggla got the Marlins on the scoreboard in the first inning with an RBI single off of Pirates starter Daniel McCutchen.  Pittsburgh answered back in the second when Pedro Alvarez homered off of Adalberto Mendez to tie the game at 1.   The game remained tied at 1 until the fifth, when Chris Snyder hit a two-run home run off of Mendez (1-3) to give the Pirates a lead they would not relinquish. 

Chan Ho Park (4-3) earned the victory in relief, pitching three hitless innings and striking out six batters.  The win was the 124th of Park’s career and gave him the record for the most wins by an Asian-born pitcher in the major leagues.

NL East Recap 9/22

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by samlevenstein on 23-09-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Anderson Hernandez, Brad Davis, Brad Lidge, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Beltran, Chris Carter, Chris Johnson, Clay Hensley, Dan Uggla, Danny Espinosa, David Wright, Gaby Sanchez, Ian Desmond, Ike davis, Jason Marquis, Jason Michaels, Jayson Werth, Jon Niese, Jose Reyes, Justin Maxwell, Logan Morrison, Lucas Duda, Michael Morse, Mike Stanton, osvaldo martinez, Raul Ibanez, Roy Oswalt, Ruben Tejada, Ryan Madson, Sean Burnett, Tommy Hanson, Tyler Clippard, Wandy Rodriguez, Wes Helms

Braves vs. Phillies

The Phillies won in a score of 1-0 in a pitchers duel.  The only score came in the 8th when Raul Ibanez doubled scoring Jayson Werth.

Tommy Hanson pitched 6 innings giving up 2 hits, no runs, and 4 strikeouts.  Roy Oswalt pitched 7 innings giving up 1 hit, no runs, and 8 strikeouts.  The win went to Ryan Madson who pitched a perfect 8th.  Brad Lidge also earned his 26th save of the season.

Nationals vs. Astros

The Nationals beat the Astros in a score of 3-4. The Nationals scored in the 3rd when Ian Desmond singled home Danny Espinosa.  In the 4th Jason Michaels singled scoring Chris Johnson.  In the bottom of the inning Michael Morse hit a solo shot for the Nats.  In the 7th Angel Sanchez singled scoring Jason Michaels and Anderson Hernandez.  In the bottom of the inning Danny Espinosa homered scoring Justin Maxwell.

Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6.1 innings giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, and 6 strikeouts.  Jason Marquis pitched 6 innings giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 2 strikeouts.  The win went to Tyler Clippard who pitched 1 inning giving up 1 hit, no runs, and 2 strikeouts.  Sean Burnett got his 3rd  save after pitching to just 2 batters and giving up 1 hit.

Mets vs. Marlins

The Marlins beat the Mets in a score of 7-5. The Marlins scored 5 runs in the 1st when Dan Uggla singled scoring Cameron Maybin, Mike Stanton walked with the bases loaded scoring Logan Morrison, Wes Helms doubled scoring Dan Uggla and Gaby Sanchez, and Brad Davis grounded out scoring Mike Stanton.  The Mets scored in the 3rd when Jose Reyes singled home Ruben Tejada and in the 4th when Carlos Beltran hit a solo shot and Lucas Duda hit a sac fly to score David Wright.  In the 5th Wes Helms hit a sac fly to score Logan Morrison.  In the 8th Josh Thole walked with the bases loaded scoring Carlos Beltran and Chris Carter grounded out scoring Ike Davis.  In the 8th Dan Uggla singled scoring Osvaldo Martínez.

Alex Sanabia got the win and pitched 5 innings giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, and 2 strikeouts.  Jon Niese got the loss and pitched 5.2 innings giving up 5 hits, 6 runs, and 7 strikeouts.  Clay Hensley earned his 5th save of the season pitching the 9th and giving up 1 hit.

NL East Recap 6/25

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 26-06-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Alfredo Simon, Andrew Oliver, Billy Wagner, Blue Jays, Braves, Brennan Boesch, Brian McCann, Brooks Conrad, Chase Utley, Chris Volstad, Christian Guzman, Clayton Richard, Corey Patterson, David Wright, Denard Span, Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Ike davis, Ivan Rodriguez, Jake Arrieta, Jason Bay, JD Martin, Jesse Litsch, Jose Reyes, Kevin Slowey, Kris Medlen, Lyle Overbay, Marlins, Melky Cabrera, Mets, Miguel Tejada, Mike Pelfrey, Nationals, Nick Markakis, Nyjer Morgan, Orioles, Oscar Salazar, Padres, Phillies, Ross Gload, Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Scott Moore, Shane Victorino, Tigers, Twins, Tyler Clippard, Will Venable

Mets vs. Twins

mets-6-25The Mets started off their series with the Twins with a win, as they beat Minnesota 5-2. The Twins got things going with a lead-off home run by Denard Span in the 1st. Span knocked in the Twins second run in the 5th on a ground out to second base. The Mets scored three runs in the 3rd inning on doubles by David Wright and Jason Bay, and a single by Ike Davis. The Mets scored another run in the 5th on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes and again the 6th on a Wright home run.

Mike Pelfrey got the win, his 10th of the year. Pelfrey went 6 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Minnesota’s Kevin Slowey took the loss. He lasted 6 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 17th save.

Go to Real Dirty Mets Blog for more.

Braves vs. Tigers

97630670KC015_Detroit_TigerThe Braves ended their three-game losing streak and reached a few milestones as they beat the Tigers 3-1. Detroit scored their one and only run of the night in the 1st inning on an RBI single by Brennan Boesch. Atlanta tied it up in the 2nd on a single by Melky Cabrera. Brian McCann hit a home run in the 4th inning, his 9th of the year and the 100th of his career, to make it 2-1 Braves. The Braves scored again in the 8th with a home run by Brooks Conrad.

Kris Medlen got the win, pitching 6.2 innings and giving up one run on six hits. Andrew Oliver, making his Major League debut, took the loss. He went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. Billy Wagner came in to the 9th to get the save, his 400th career save.

For more info go to Braves Baseball.

Marlins vs. Padres

fish-6-251The Marlins fell to the Padres 3-0. Florida’s bats were quiet for much of the night. The Marlins left nine men on base and only had one hit with runners in scoring position. The Padres didn’t do much at the plate either until the 7th when they scored one run on a single by Oscar Salazar and two more on a home run by Will Venable.

Chris Volstad took the loss, throwing 6 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits. Clayton Richard got the win, going 6 innings and allowing no runs on five hits. Heath Bell recorded his 20th save of the season for San Diego.

Check out Fish Guts for more info.

Phillies vs. Blue Jays

phillies-6-25The Phillies crushed the Blue Jays winning 9-0. The Blue Jays batters couldn’t hit much off Roy Halladay.  Lyle Overbay did go 2-2 for Toronto. The Phillies scored in the 2nd inning on a single by Ross Gload, and again in the 4th on an RBI ground out by Shane Victorino. The Phillies big inning came in the 6th when they scored six runs on singles by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a double by Gload.  Victorino homered in the 8th to make it 9-0.

Halladay got the win, tossing seven innings and giving up no runs on six hits. Jesse Litsch took the loss, going only 4 innings and allowing six runs on seven hits.

For more, go to Phillies Phandom.

Nationals vs. Orioles

nats-6-25Sloppy defense cost the Nationals a win as they fell to the Orioles 7-6. Adam Dunn got Washington on the board in the 1st and 3rd innings with a  ground out and sacrifice fly. Ivan Rodriguez singled in a run in the 3rd also to make it 3-0 Nationals. Washington would score three more runs in the 4th on a doubles by Nyjer Morgan and Dunn. Baltimore broke through in the 5th to score three runs on a sac fly by Miguel Tejada and singles by Nick Markakis and Adam Jones, cutting the Nationals lead to 6-3. The Orioles tied it up in the 8th on a two run homer by Scott Moore and a Corey Patterson single. Baltimore went on to score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th on a throwing error by Christian Guzman.

J.D. Martin lasted only 4.1 innings and got a no decision. He gave up three runs on six hits. Tyler Clippard took the loss for the Nationals. Jake Arrieta also went 4.1 innings taking a no decision. He allowed six runs on eight hits. Alfredo Simon got the win for Baltimore.

For more go to Centerfield Gate.

NL East Daily Recap from 9-29-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 30-09-2009

Tagged Under : Angel Pagan, Atlanta Braves, Brian Sanches, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Beltran, Centerfield Gate, Chris Coghlan, David Wright, Elijah Dukes, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Ian Desmond, J.A. Happ, Kaz Matsui, Kenshin Kawakami, Lance Berkman, Leo Nunez, matt diaz, Mike MacDougal, New York Mets, pedro feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, renyel pinto, Ryan Madson, Ryan Zimmerman, Sean Green, The Braves Baseball Blog, The REal Dirty Mets, Tim Hudson, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Wilton Lopez

Feliz with a granny

Feliz with a granny

Pedro Feliz helped the Phillies finally cut down on their magic number to win the National League East, during a 7-4 win against the Astros.  Pedro Feliz  hit a fourth inning grand slam in the fourth inning putting the Phillies up for good in this one.  J.A. Happ(12-4) pitched 5.2 innings giving up only nine hits and four runs (three earned) and threw 199 pitches for the win in this one.  Ryan Madson got his tenth save of the year as he appears to be the closer of the week, but did give up two hits before recording the final out and needed 27 pitches to do it, check out Phillies Phandom for more.

Wilton Lopez(0-1) couldn’t do what the no name pitcher on Monday could do to the Phillies and was tagged for five runs and six hits in only 3.2 innings.  The Astros got home runs from Lance Berkman early and a two run shot from Kaz Matsui in the sixth inning but they ended their four game winning streak for the year against the Phils.

noimageOnce again the photographers took the night off for the game… thanks!

Anyway, the Braves finally lost a game, and it was a damaging loss as both the Rockies and the Phillies both won.

Chris Coghlan had three hits and two runs scored and Cameron Maybin had two RBI as the Marlins went on to beat the Braves by a score of 5-4.  Josh Johnson pitched well through five, giving up three hits and a run but left with a no decision in this one as the Braves eventually tied it.  Renyel Pinto(4-1) worked 1.1 scoreless innings to get the victory in this one and Leo Nunez got his 25th save of the season, check FishGuts for more.

Tim Hudson had a rough start for the Braves as he went five innings and allowed seven hits and four runs and three walks, but was bailed out by the bats to not get the loss.  Kenshin Kawakami(7-12) went 1.2 innings of relief and gave up three hits and a run in taking the loss in this one.  Matt Diaz had the big blow in this one, a three run shot in the sixth to tie the game off Brian Sanches, but it wasn’t enough.  Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more.

MacDougal gets another S

MacDougal gets another S

The Nationals took advantage of bad defense for the Mets last night on way to their second straight win, 4-3.  Sean Green(1-4) gave up an unearned run with a walkwhile there were errors by the middle infielders for the Mets allowing the Nats to take the lead.  Tyler Clippard(3-2) worked two innings of scoreless relief to get the win as well and then passed to MacDougal for his 18th save of the season even though he gave up a hit, but struck out two.  Centerfield Gate has more on the Nats win.

Going to the eighth inning, the Mets were up 3-0, then it fell apart.  In the eighth, Pelfrey gave up a two run home run to rookie Ian Desmond and later, a RBI single to Ryan Zimmerman to allow the game to be tied.  The Mets got an RBI walk to Beltran in the first and two RBI singles, one by Pagan and one by Wright in the second inning.  They had a chance to tie it on a deep fly by Wright in the top of the ninth, but a great running catch by Elijah Dukes killed that momentum.  Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more.

NL East Daily Recap from 9-9-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 10-09-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Atlanta Braves, Brad Lidge, Centerfield Gate, Christian Guzman, Cliff Lee, Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Tatis, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garrett Mock, Houston Astros, Jayson Werth, Jeff Francouer, Jose Valverde, Leo Nunez, matt diaz, Miguel Tejada, New York Mets, Pat Misch, pedro feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Rafael Soriano, Ricky Nolasco, Ryan Madson, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tommy Hanson, Tyler Clippard, Wandy Rodriguez, Washington Nationals, Yunel Escobar

Madson closes this one out

Madson closes this one out

The Phillies put their big trade aquisition on the mound last night in Washington, hoping that he could get back in form.  Cliff Lee looked great through four innings, while only allowing a run and then things got scary.  Lee(6-2) ended up allowing ten hits and five runs(four earned) in seven innings plus of work.  He allowed three in the fifth, temporarily allowing the Nats to tie the game before the Phillies came back to secure the win.  The win was secured by back to back jacks by Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz, even though Lee gave one more back in the eighth.  Brad Lidge stayed on the bench and gave way to Ryan Madson in the ninth who gave up one hit as he recorded his sixth save of the year by a 6-5 score.  Phillies Phandom has more on this.

Garrett Mock put the Nats in the hole early as he allowed three runs in the second and an additional run in the fifth inning, giving up six hits, and walking three in five innings of work, but the Nats got him off the hook.  Tyler Clippard(2-2) ended up taking the loss as he went one inning and allowed two solo home runs in the eighth inning.  Adam Dunn had two RBI for the Nationals as well as Christian Guzman joining him with two as well during the loss, Centerfield Gate has more.

Cody Ross with the big blow

Cody Ross with the big blow

Last night the Marlins put the Mets down really early, with a four run first inning, with three runs coming on Cody Ross’ 21st home run, a three run shot.  Ricky Nolasco(11-8) held down the Mets for 6.1 innings and allowed only three runs and four hits and Leo Nunez once again worked a perfect ninth to get his 20th save of the season in the 6-3 victory.  Dan Uggla also added a solo home run and an RBI groundout in the first for the Fish, check out FishGuts for more on this game and the Marlins.

Pat Misch(1-2) who had a nice start his last couple times out, one earning his major league win just did not have it last night, especially early.  Misch went six innings allowing five runs on six hits including two home runs and hit one batter.  All the Mets offense came in the seventh with a Daniel Murphy RBI double, a sac fly by Francouer and a Tatis RBI groundout.  The Mets will look to salvage one game today, check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more.

Tejada gets the walk-off hit!

Tejada gets the walk-off hit!

The Houston Astros ruined another beautiful game from rookie Tommy Hanson last night with a ninth inning rally.  Miguel Tejada singled home Kaz Matsui and Lance Berkman with a one out single in the ninth, giving the Astros a 2-1 victory over the floundering Braves.  Wandy Rodriguez got off the hook of taking a tough loss as he went seven innings allowing only three hits and a single run as well.  Jose Valverde(4-2) worked a perfect top of the ninth with two k’s to get the credit for the win.

Tommy Hanson went eight innings allowing only five hits and struck out seven and allowed zero runs, is he a true candidate for rookie of the year?  Matt Diaz was the only person who could give any run support with a second inning RBI single scoring Yunel Escobar.  Rafael Soriano(1-5) blew his fourth save of the year getting only one out and giving up three hits and two runs and a walk, check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more.

NL East Daily Recap from 8-18-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 19-08-2009

Tagged Under : Adam LaRoche, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Brad Hawpe, Bud Norris, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Lee, Carlos Ruiz, Centerfieldgate, Christian Guzman, Clint Barmes, Colorado Rockies, Craig Stammen, Dan Uggla, Derek Lowe, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Huston Street, Jamie Moyer, Jayson Werth, Jeremy Hermida, Jon Garland, Jorge Cantu, Lance Berkman, matt diaz, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Oliver Perez, Pedro Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Ricky Nolasco, Sean Burnett, Stephen Drew, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tyler Clippard, Ubaldo Jimenez, Washington Nationals

You were expecting Pedro?

You were expecting Pedro?

Last night in Philadelphia, it was Pedro’s home debut, unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t cooperate.  Pedro Martinez got through three innings before a rain delay of just over an hour and he didn’t come back and couldn’t try to get a win, as he left losing.  Jamie Moyer(11-9) came in and pitched the final six innings of two hit ball while striking out five and allowed the Phils to come back and win the game 5-1.  Jayson Werth had a homer and an RBI double and Carlos Ruiz also added two RBI’s as the Phils were able to stay 4.5 up on the Marlins.  Phillies Phandom will have more on the Phils from this game.

Jon Garland did come back after the rain delay, and wasn’t the same as before the delay.  After coming back from the delay, Garland(6-11) gave up five runs in his final 3.1 innings pitched and took the loss.  The only offense the D’backs mustered was a solo home run leading off the game by Stephen Drew.

Nolasco with another gem

Nolasco with another gem

Ricky Nolasco saved the bullpen for the Marlins last night in Houston, pitching a gem of a complete game.  Nolasco(9-8) went the distance giving up three hits and two runs and striking out twn, his only mistake was a two run home run in the first.  The Marlins offense once again had his back as they got back even in the fourth and took the lead for good in the sixth inning winning 6-2.  Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida all added solo home runs for the Marlins who keep on chugging along and keeping the heat on the Colorado Rockies and the Phillies to keep winning.  FishGuts will have more information on the win and the Marlins current success.

The Astros got all the runs they could in the first inning on a two run home run by Carlos Lee which scored newly back from the Disabled List, Lance Berkman.  Nolasco shut them down after that, including only one additional hit as they couldn’t do anything from either side of the ball.  Bud Norris(3-1) went 5.2 innings and allowed five runs and a walk and two home runs as he took the loss.

Is he ever happy?

Is he ever happy?

Last night, no one could have seen what would happen, with the suddenly heavy hitting Braves, facing the hobbled New York Mets.  Oliver Perez started how all Mets fans figured, as he allowed two home runs in the first three innings and the Mets were down 4-0.  Then the impossible happened, the Mets got ten base hits and eight runs, yes EIGHT in the bottom of the fourth inning and never looked back.  Oliver Perez(3-3) was able to get through five innings and only gave up those four runs and walked only one, but left with a sore knee.  The Mets bullpen went the final four innings allowing only five more baserunners as the Mets took the opener to the series.  The Real Dirty Mets Blog is your one stop shop for mets information.

Derek Lowe was the typical Derek Lowe for the first three innings of this game as he was shutting down the Mets and getting ground ball double plays when needed.  It all came unraveled in the fourth, and oddly enough, after he was hit on the hand with a ground ball, although he appeared to pitch fine afterwards.  Lowe’s(12-8) final line read 3.2 innings pitched, 11 hits and eight runs with no strike outs of ground balls.  The Braves offense was only able to produce a three run home run by Matt Diaz in the second and a solo shot from Adam LaRoche in the third inning.  The Braves Baseball Blog covers this loss and more.

CGon is on fire

CGon is on fire

The Rockies were barely able to sneak by the pesky Nationals last night visiting the Nations capital.  Going into the eighth inning, they were in a tie game before Carlos Gonzalez stepped to the plate.  Gonzalez hit a home run which broke the tie and lead to the eventual 4-3 win.  Clint Barmes followed with a solo home run in the ninth inning that proved to be the winning run and as mentioned earlier, helped the Rockies keep their lead on the wildcard.  Brad Hawpe added two RBI of his own on an RBI groundout and a solo shot early in the game.  Ubaldo Jimenez(11-9) was able to go eight innings and allowed just seven hits and two runs in earning the win and Huston Street worked a troubled ninth allowing three hits and a run, but did earn his 30th save of the season.

The Nationals bullpen couldn’t pick up the offense in this one, as late in the game, they faltered.  Sean Burnett(2-3) took the loss while recording one out but allowing the home run to Gonzalez and Tyler Clippard came in and finished the game with 1.2 innings but he also allowed a solo shot, putting the game out of reach.  Starter Craig Stammen, who received a no decision helped his own cause in the second with an RBI double and Nyjer Morgan and Christian Guzman added RBI singles as well.  CenterfieldGate covers the Nationals for you, check them out.

Chatter Up! Braves @ Nationals 8-11-09 to 8-13-09

Filed Under (Chatter Up) by mrose on 11-08-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Anderson Hernandez, Angel Pagan, Atlanta Braves, Balco, Baseball Prospectus, Camden Yards, Centerfieldgate, Chatter Up, Chipper Jones, Cleveland Indians, Danny Haren, Derek Lowe, Elijah Dukes, Florida Marlins, Hanshin Tigers, Jason Bergman, Javier Vazquez, JD Martin, Jim riggleman, John Lannan, Josh Willingham, Lerner, Manny Acta, martin prado, Nate McClouth, Natinals, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Nick Johnson, oakland a's, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryan Zimmerman, Scott Boras, Stephen Strasburg, Syracuse, The Braves Baseball Blog, Tim Kurkjian, Tommy Hanson, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Yankee Stadium

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Welcome to Chatter Up! here at NLEC. This edition will be the first between the Braves and the Red hot Nationals.  Matt Fournier of The Braves Baseball Blog will join us for the second time and so will Mark Perry of CenterfieldGate.  This time though, we have a lot more interaction from other members of NLEC or its affiliate blogs.  Enjoy!
Wally L(FishGuts): Did Balco open up a D.C. branch over the past ten days? What’s gotten into the Nats?
Mark P(CFG): Good pitching has gotten into the Nats; but even better hitting. Even when the Nats’ pitching hasn’t been that good (like the last game of the Marlins’ series and the first game of the Arizona series) the Nats’ bats have been the salvation of the team. And as I noted yesterday on centerfieldgate, I think Nats’ fans have to give a lot of credit to Jim Riggleman. The hitting has been great, Riggleman has been better.Yesterday, for example, Riggleman brought Tyler Clippard in in relief of starter J.D. Martin. Clippard has been exceptional, one of the really great untold stories of this team. But he walked the first two batters in the sixth. Riggleman didn’t hesitate: he pulled him and brought in Jason Bergman, who pitched them out of ajam. Clippard just didn’t have it, and Riggleman recognized that. I think under Manny Acta that wouldn’t have happened: Manny would have stayed with Clippard, believing that the kid needed to learn how to pitch the team out of a jam. Manny was a manager interested in teaching, Riggleman is a manager interested in winning.

Okay, I’ll admit it: the Nats are hitting like they’re the ’27 Yankees, so your Balco reference is justified. The hitting has been extraordinary. Nats’ fans now expect at least one long bomb every game – from either Zim, or Dunn, of Willingham. We’re getting spoiled. But this won’t last: and we know it. One of these days we’re going to run into a buzzsaw of a pitcher who will freeze us. I thought that guy would be Dan Heren. I was shocked that it wasn’t. Maybe it’ll happen in Atlanta, but I doubt it.

Wally L.(FishGuts):Do you getting tired of constantly being referred to as the ‘Natinals’?
Mark P(CFG): You have no idea.In one sense, I suppose, we deserve it. The misprint seems to represent all that a lot of D.C. fans believe is wrong with the team: lack of attention to detail. What’s really unfortunate is that the owners – the Lerner family – are not that way. They aren’t absentee landlords. They know how to run a business. The team owners wrote a letter to the fans at the All Star break apologizing to the fans for the record and taking responsibility for it. I thought that was a classy thing to do.

There are a lot of fans (me included) who think that the team is being unfairly criticized. Earlier this year Tim Kurkjian at Baseball Tonight questioned whether the game belonged in this city. Kurkjian is a crackerjack reporter, but he’s dead wrong. More people come to see our team than go to games in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Florida or Oakland. At the beginning of the year Baseball Prospectus called Nationals Park a “boondoggle.” Where did that come from? If you come to Washington come to Nationals Park – it’s not Camden Yards, it’s not Yankee Stadium, but there’s not a bad seat in the house. Nats’ fans know the truth: the owners and city got the ballpark right. Watching a game in Washington is a great experience.

Wally L(FishGuts): Strasburg watch: you gonna show him the money?
Mark P(CFG): Yeah, sure. We’re going to show him the money. The question is, will he take it? I think the Nats are committed to making a bank busting offer to Strasburg – topping any amount paid to any draftee ever. But that might not matter. It may be that the Scott Boras agenda is to use Strasburg to transform the dollars paid to draftees. So any offer might be dead on arrival. Which is too bad: because the owners will get blamed. But I think I would break ranks on this and defend them. Strasburg questioned the way the team was run and said he might play in Japan. Here’s a kid who’s never thrown a pitch in the majors, and he’s in the position to judge how a team is run? To turn down a payday that will make him rich? I don’t like threats. Bust the bank. Fine. And I hope he takes it and turns into a star. But if he doesn’t take it, he can play for the Hanshin Tigers.
Matt R(NLEC): Since being recalled from the minors when Johnson was traded, Elijah Dukes is on fire. Do you feel this is the player you traded for? And do you think the Nationals will be able to control his temper on and off the field going forward?
Mark P(CFG): Ten RBIs in three games. Unbelievable; it shows just what kind of talent this guy has. But I’m still skeptical. Prior to being sent down to Syracuse, the rumors that Dukes was a problem in the clubhouse were just too persistent to ignore. And the Nats have a short attention span just now. Look at what happened to Anderson Hernandez – he pouted, just once, and that was it. He was shipped off to the Mets. The days of experimentation are over; there will be no more trades made for guys with attitude problems in the belief that the front office can teach maturity. That’s not their job. The team will expect players to come to Washington as adults – or they won’t come at all. Elijah Dukes is on a short string. But if he can control his temper, if he can adjust to being in the majors and if he can be a plus in the clubhouse then the upside here is just tremedous. But that’s a lot of “ifs.”
Matt R(NLEC): What Braves hitter and pitcher strike fear into you and Nats fans the most?
Mark P(CFG): I was going to say Chipper Jones, because Chipper Jones seems to play well against the Nats. I can remember specific Chipper late-in-the-game at bats where I thought: well, time to go home. But Chipper might get some rest against the Nats in this upcoming series. So I’ll say Tommy Hanson. We’ve always done well against the Braves, for some reason, but I think Hanson could end our streak. He’s that pitching buzzsaw I talked abut earlier. He’s young, fast and deceptive. He was great against us the last time he faced us – on July 4. I was there. He pitched like a veteran. The Hanson-Lannon match-up is, I think, something that will happen again and again over the next years. The beginning of a great player and team rivalry. It’ll be fun to watch.
Thanks again Mark, now for the Nats opponent, Matt Fournier of The Braves Baseball Blog.
Wally L(FishGuts): Would you have liked to have seen the team do more before the deadline?any waiver moves on the horizon?
Matt F(BB): The answer would be similar to the one below a player that provides speed and average for a team that is last in stolen bases. They added McLouth, but I don’t think that is enough. They need speed !
Mr North Jersey(NLEC): With the Marlins having just swept the Phillies to pull within 4 games and the Braves 4.5 games back with six games coming up this month vs the Phillies, three this coming weekend. Which player on the Mets would you want to rent (at no cost to you) to help get you past those pesky Phillies?
Matt F(BBB): If I could rent one player from the Mets who was healthy it would be Angel Pagan. He could provide the Braves the speed and consistent average that they have been lacking for many years now.
Matt R(NLEC): I saw you posted on the forum about this, but did anyone actually think Martin Prado was this good? Is this a one year wonder or can this possibly continue?
Matt F(BBB): I had heard of him before this year, but never saw him play consistently enough to see what he was truly capable off. I honestly don’t think he is a one year wonder, he has shown signs of being a a reliable fielder and consistent hitter. I think he could be the teams second baseman for a good amount of years.
Matt R(NLEC): Better offseason aquisition: Javier Vazquez or Derek Lowe?
Matt F(BBB): If you asked me before the season I would have said D. Lowe as he has had a more consistent career than Vazquez, but as the season has progressed the answer is definately Javier Vazquez. He has been solid all season with a 2.70 ERA 10 wins and has 170 + strikeouts. He should have more wins, but the stagnent offense for Atlanta hasn’t helped his cause. But I still love the D. Lowe acquistion.
Matt R(NLEC): Which pitcher AND hitter on the Nats scares you the most?
Matt F(BBB): The pitcher that scares me the most has to be John Lannan, he has been very good lately and last time he faced us he tossed 8 solid innings. For hitters it has to be Ryan Zimmerman, easily one of the hottest hitters in baseball, watch out for him, but don’t fall asleep on anyonne in the top portion of this Nats lineup.

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NL East Daily Recap from 8-3-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 04-08-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, Adrian Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen, Angel Pagan, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Centerfieldgate, Chad Qualls, Charlie Morton, Christian Guzman, Daniel Murphy, Danny Haren, David Wright, Delwyn Young, Heath Bell, Jeff Karstens, Kenshin Kawakami, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Luis Castillo, Mark Reynolds, Mat Latos, Miguel Montero, Nelson Figueroa, New York Mets, Petco Park, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryan Zimmerman, San Diego Padres, Stephen Pearce, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals

Latos is impressive

Latos is impressive

Rookie Mat Latos was impressive on Monday night against the Braves at his home park in San Diego.  Latos(3-1) went seven innings only allowing six hits and two runs, but nothing after the second inning.  Lucky for him, the Padres offense got single runs in hte 1st , 2nd, 3rd and 7th innings on route to a 4-2 victory while playing the entire game without Adrian Gonzalez’ bat.  Kevin Kouzmanoff added a double and Kyle Banks hit his sixth home run of the season in the game for the Pads.  Heath Bell also got his 27th save of the season while working a perfect ninth inning and striking out two.

Kenshin Kawakami pitched well in this game, but unfortunately for him, the vast outfield at Petco Park effected the Braves offense.  Kawakami(5-9) went six innings allowing three runs on eight hits, including the home run.  His only run support was a sacrifice fly from McCann in the first inning and a solo home run by reunited Brave Adam LaRoche.  Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more Braves information.

Figgy disappoints

Figgy disappoints

The Arizona Diamondbacks had scored six runs in the first two innings last night in New York and with their ace, seemed to think they would cruise to victory.  They did win the game by a final of 6-5, but obviously this game was not as cut and dry as everyone thought.  Danny Haren(11-6) got through seven innings but allowed eight hits and five runs including a solo home run to get a victory.  Mark Reynolds hit home runs in each of the first two innings, his 31st and 32nd of the season and had driven in three of the six total runs the D’Backs had.  Miguel Montero also added a solo home run in the first inning immediately after Mark Reynolds’ first of the game.  Chad Qualls picked up his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth.

The New York Mets went into this series on a pretty good role as they had won five of their past six games.   They end it losing three of four to the D’Backs and now have lost four of their past five to put them right back  in the hole.  Spot starter Nelson Figueroa(0-2) only went 1.2 innings and gave up ten hits and six runs, including three home runs before being pulled for relief.  Four Mets relievers went 7.1 innings giving up only three hits, two walks and allowing no extra runs.  The Mets tried to come back from their deficit with RBI’s from Angel Pagan, Luis Castillo(2 RBI) and David Wright.  Daniel Murphy even added a solo shot in the sixth to pull them within one, but thats the closest they got.  Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more Mets information.

Zimm hits another one

Zimm hits another one

The Washington Nationals were looking for their second straight victory at Pittsburgh and also a series split on Monday night.  The normal heavy hitters from the Nats lineup came through for them again.  Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman each hit two run home runs and Christian Guzman added two hits, giving two more RBI to the Nationals as they won 8-4.  Tyler Clippard(2-1) worked three innings of scoreless and hitless relief to get the victory for the Nationals.  CenterfieldGate will have all the Nats info you need.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took an early 3-0 lead in the game, but their pitching just could not hold it.  Andrew McCutchen hit another home run, and the Pirates added an RBI single by Pearce and a grounders choice by Delwyn Young.   Charlie Morton(2-4) gave up four runs over six innings with six hits and two walks in taking the loss.  Jeff Karstens came in after Morton though and put the game out of reach allowing five hits and four runs while only recording two outs.

NL East Daily Recap from 7-29-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 30-07-2009

Tagged Under : Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Casey Kotchman, Casey McGehee, Christian Guzman, Citi Field, Cliff Lee, Colorado Rockies, D'Backs, Dan Uggla, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garret Anderson, Garrett Mock, Hanley Ramirez, J.A. Happ, J.J. Hardy, Josh Johnson, Justin Upton, Kenshin Kawakami, Leo Nunez, Manny Parra, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Nick Johnson, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Ryan Braun, Ryan Zimmerman, The Braves Baseball Blog, Trevor Hoffman, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Yusmeiro Petit

Happ watches Upton

Happ watches Upton

Justin Upton wanted to make sure that the Diamondbacks won at least one game out of three against the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the first inning, he hit a two run home run off of Phillies starter J.A. Happ and int the eighth inning, he added an RBI single for insurance.  He also had three of the Diamondbacks total seven hits on a night the D’backs won 4-0.  Yusmeiro Petit(1-5) got his first win of the season as he went six innings but only gave up four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

The Philadelphia Phillies team, fresh off trading for last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, came in this game with the ability to sweep.  J.A. Happ(7-2) took his second straight loss after seven straight winning decisions but pitched well.  He gave up only the two run home run to Upton ion the first and only three hits in total and two walks. in six innings.  Two Philly relievers gave up a run each and the Philly offense couldn’t get a run home, which is a rare occurrence.  Read more about this game and other Philly news at Phillies Phandom.

Johnson pitches, and hits!

Johnson pitches, and hits!

Josh Johnson decided to take the game last night against the Braves into his own hands, in every possible way last night.  Johnson deposited a Kawakami pitch in the fourth inning into center field for a three run home run which at the time gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead on way to a 6-3 win.  Hanley Ramirez contributed a RBI triple in the third and a solo home run in the fifth and Dan Uggla even got into the home run derby in the fifth as well.  Johnson(10-2) got his tenth victory of the year as he went six innings and gave up eight hits on three runs, all from home runs.  The Marlins sent four relievers to the mound to finish it off, with Leo Nunez getting his eighth save of the year working a scoreless ninth.  Check out FishGuts for more about the win and the Fish.

Kenshin Kawakami(5-8) had a terrible start, and the home run ball hit him harder than any other pitcher in the game, and it always hurts to give one up to the opposing pitcher.  Kawakami went 4.2 innings giving up seven hits and six runs, including the three home runs and even walked four.  The Braves offense did its best against one of the best pitchers in the NL as Casey Kotchman hit a solo shot and Garret Anderson hit a home run for the second consecutive night, of the two run variety.  The Braves Baseball Blog has all the Braves info you need.

rainoutIf you hadn’t heard, New York is now Seattle East, so as seems to be a normal occurance, the rain came and didn’t stop last night.  The Mets and Rox will play a day-night double header today at Citi Field.

McGehee gets a hold of one

McGehee gets a hold of one

The Brewers were looking to avoid being swept by the worst team in baseball (by record that is) last night in Milwaukee.  After the second inning though, it wasn’t looking good as they were already down 4-0.  The Brewers came back though starting in the third on a Ryan Braun triple that scored a run, and he later scored on a wild pitch.  After going down 5-3 in the sixth, they Brewers got three in the sixth and never looked back.  J.J. Hardy missed an RBI chance in the sixth as he grounded into a double play scoring a run, but got an RBI groundout in the eighth to pad the stats.  Casey McGehee had the biggest blast as he hit a pinch hit two run home run to give the Nats the lead in the sixth.  Manny Parra(5-8) went six innings but gave up five runs and five walks on nine hits to get a shaky win for the Brewers.  Trevor Hoffman came in and struck out two in the ninth for his 23rd save of the season.

The Nationals’ Garrett Mock left the game after the fifth in line for a victory if the bullpen could hold on.  Unfortunately for him, Tyler Clippard(1-1) who had been very solid of late, blew his first save of the year going 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on the home run to McGehee.  Christian Guzman and Nyjer Morgan continued their hot play though, each having two hits and a run scored and Guzman even added an RBI.  Ryan Zimmerman added two RBI as well as Nick Johnson getting an RBI for the night.  Check out CenterfieldGate for more Nats info.