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Nationals 5-Brewers 1

Jeff Suppan pitched well for Milwaukee until the sixth, when the [long-absent] Washington offense came alive. After J.J. Hardy mishandled a double-play ball, the Nats broke through, scoring on doubles by Ryan Zimmerman and Jesus Flores and on a Lastings Milledge sacrifice ground ball. Wily Mo Peña his his first home run of the year earlier in the first inning, and Suppan drove in the Brewers’ only run of the game.

Odalis Perez pitched well for the Nationals (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 84 P) but left with a no-decision. Brian Sanches, just called up from Triple-A Columbus, struck out the side in the sixth and was credited with the win. Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala, and Jon Rauch closed the door for Washington.

Rockies 5-Mets 4 (F/13)

The Mets dropped their fifth straight game as Matt Holliday hit a walk-off single in the 13th off of Aaron Heilman after homering off of Billy Wagner in the ninth to tie the game (Wagner’s second blown save of the year). It was a back and forth game as neither team dominated on the mound.

Oliver Perez was all over the place for the Mets, going 5 innings allowing 6 hits for 4 earned runs, walking 8 and striking out only 2, and allowing a home run on 110 pitches (just 56 for strikes). Rookie starter Greg Reynolds never dominated for the Rockies, going 6 full innings allowing 4 earned runs on 4 hits, walking 3, striking out 5, and allowing 2 home runs on just 84 pitches thrown. He left the game after allowing back-to-back home runs to Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis (who replaced the injured Marlon Anderson) in the 6th.

Driving in runs for the Mets were Luis Castillo, Delgado, Tatis, and Jose Reyes, who got in the home plate umpire’s face after being called out on a very low strike three in the 13th. Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, and Holliday drove in runs for the Rockies.

Astros 5-Phillies 4

Brandon Backe was superb for the Astros, giving up just one run in 7.1 innings pitched, striking out 6 and walking one. Adam Eaton didn’t pitch terribly for the Phillies (7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO,2 HR, 96 P), but couldn’t keep the ball in the park, giving up two home runs to Hunter Pence.

Also driving in runs for the Astros were former Phillie Michael Bourn (who also stranded three on base), and Carlos Lee (his 36th of the season). For the Phillies, Pat Burrell homered in his second-straight game and Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins also drove runs in.

Diamondbacks 11-Braves 1

Doug Davis returned from cancer surgery in unbelievable fashion, shutting the hot-hitting Braves lineup down for 7 innings, allowing just one earned run on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4 on 89 pitches. His team responded, taking batting practice off of Jo-Jo Reyes (5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR) and Chris Resop (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR).

Homering for the D-Backs were Stephen Drew, Eric Byrnes, Conor Jackson, Chris Young, and Mark Reynolds. Whew. Kelly Johnson drove in the only Atlanta run of the night.

Giants 8-Marlins 2

Scott Olsen finally came back down to Earth, surrendering 5 earned runs off of 8 hits in just 3.1 innings pitched, walking 3, striking out 2, and allowing a home run on 81 pitches. Olsen drops to 4-2. He was relieved by Doug Waechter, Renyel Pinto, and Tyler Tankersley, who all pitched much more effectively. Dan Uggla homered for Florida (his 15th of the year) in the ninth, driving in both Marlins runs of the evening.

Barry Zito finally got his first win of the season, giving up just one earned run in 6.1 innings of work, walking 4 and striking out 5. Bengie Molina and Jose Castillo homered for the Giants. Aaron Rowand drove in three runs, and Rich Aurilia drove in two more for San Francisco.

Brett Carroll had to leave the game in the fourth inning after separating his right shoulder. He’ll be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

 

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Radio game

I had to take this baby out of the garage today since the game’s not on TV. It’s sort of nice listening to the game on the radio. I don’t drive much, so it’s usually tv or nothing for me. I guess a radio broadcast is cool every once in a while. And you still can’t beat Harry’s voice.

2-1 Giants early. Howard has a homer.

4:57: They just mentioned that Charlie Manuel presented Aaron Rowand with his 2007 gold glove before the game today. The guy tries harder than anyone in the league, but he is not deserving of any gold glove. Too many dives and missed balls. Not to mention the potential for injury. Rowand was a great teammate, but I’m not devastated he’s gone.

-Greg Berlin

Phillies Pregame – 5/9 10:15 EDT

The Game: San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Matchup: Patrick Misch (0-0, 5.40, 8/3 K/BB, 1.30 WHIP) vs. Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10, 41/14 K/BB, 1.07 WHIP)

The Story: The Phillies look to get back to their winning ways in San Francisco after splitting a four game set in Arizona. The series starts off with stud Cole Hamels, looking for his fourth win of the season, facing off against Patrick Misch, who is appearing in only his third game this season.  In one previous start a week ago, also against the Phillies, Misch lasted only four innnings, allowing 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 home runs, and struck out 4.  Misch has let up 4 home runs on the season in only 10 IP.

The big news of the is Jimmy Rollins back with the team for the first time since April 20.  Rollins is listed as the lead off man in tonight’s lineup, and no one is trying to hide the Phils’ sigh of relief that their MVP is back.  The offense hasn’t stalled, but it has certainly cooled off in the last week.  Rollins’ speed, coupled with that of Shane Victorino, who is also just back from injury, are essential to the functioning of the lineup.  In addition, it sends utility man Eric Bruntlett back to the bench.  Bruntlett is hitting .303 in the month of May and will add depth to an already strong bench.  Australian infielder Brad Harman has been sent back to Lehigh Valley to make room for Rollins.

Stat of the Day: Former Phillies center fielder Aaron Rowand is hitting .336 in his first season with San Francisco.

Lineups:
Phillies
Rollins (SS)
Victorino (CF)
Utley (2B)
Howard (1B)
Burrell (LF)
Werth (CF)
Feliz (3B)
Ruiz (C)
Hamels (P)

Giants
Lewis (LF)
Castillo (3B)
Winn (RF)
Molina (C)
Rowand (CF)
Aurilia (1B)
Velez (2B)
Burriss (SS)
Misch (P)

PTB! That’s Pat The Bat for you newcomers – Phillies 6, Giants 5

BAT!

What a night down at the Bank. Pat Burrell stole the show after the Phils almost let this one get away from them. Down to their last strike in the 10th inning, down 5-4 with Chase Utley on first, the BAT smashes a ball over left field fence for the 2-run walk-off, clinching the 6-5 win for the Phils. The hard-throwing Brian Wilson gave up the four base trip to Burrell, who is putting up the best numbers of his career.

Chase Utley started the Phils scoring early with a 2 run shot in the first for his major league leading 12th home run. The Phillies scored two more on a homer by Pedro Feliz in the 4th, but they relinquished the 4-1 lead after a hit parade by the Giants in the 7th.

That brings me to the subject of Ryan Madson, who has struggled consistently this year and was responsible for letting in the tying run. He has a 5.28 ERA in 14 appearances, but he has not looked on his game at all. Truthfully, I haven’t seen strong stuff out of Madson for a couple seasons. Watch for his name to be floated around for moves later in the season. He’s simply not cutting it in Philly.

Kyle Kendrick has a solid line for the night: 3 earned runs over 6.0 innings, as well as 6 strikeouts and no walks. Can’t ask for much better from your “5th” starter. More on the pitching front: The Giants took a 6-5 lead in the 10th after Aaron Rowand, in his first game returning to CBP, connected off of JC Romero for his third homer of the season. Per ESPN:

Romero, the Phillies’ left-handed relief ace, hadn’t allowed an earned run in 28 1/3 innings, dating to last season. He pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings this year before Rowand took him deep. It was the first homer Romero allowed in 60 appearances, spanning 45 2/3 innings.

It’s ain’t pretty breaking a streak like that, but at least he did it for good measure: Burrell’s shot in the bottom half of the first extra inning was exactly what this Phillies team is about. Expect many o’ night like this over the next five months.

Lastly, Ryan Howard was tossed in the at bat previous to PTB’s bomb. Howard was angry over a couple of calls before he was finally caught looking. On the way back to the dugout some choice words with the ump got him the boot. Howard was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts on the night. Clearly, he is still frustrated.

Phightins 9-3 in their last 12. That’s all for me up in Mets country.

Greg Berlin

The Rest of the East [Pregame Roundup]

San Francisco at Philadelphia: The Phillies are in first place and the Giants are not, which should say something about this series. Aaron Rowand returns to Citizen’s Bank Park for the first time since the Giants signed him to a [ridiculous] deal. Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13) tries to find his groove for the Phils against Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00) who makes his first start after being recalled from AAA.

San Diego at Florida: The Marlins will take the field tonight without Josh Willingham, who was placed on the DL today with soreness in his back. Hanley Ramirez moves to third in the order to compensate for the lack of power. The ageless Luis Gonzalez get the start in left. Justin Germano (0-2, 6.04) goes against Mark Hendrickson (4-1, 3.68).

Cincinnati at Atlanta: Young Edison Volquez (4-0, 1.23) is just one of the few bright spots for the Reds this season, and he takes the mound tonight against Tim Hudson (3-2, 3.74), who many suspect might have a nagging injury that has affected his performance this year. We’ll see if he can last more than three innings tonight.