Here are last night’s wrap-ups from the Phillies, Braves, and Marlins.
Braves 8-Phillies 6
Tom Glavine picked up his first Braves victory since 2002 as the Braves rolled over Brett Myers. The opening-day starter drops to 2-5 after surrendering home runs to Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar in the first, just a couple of the 6 earned runs he would give up on the night (4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 3 HR, 75 P). For the Braves, Kelly Johnson added a home run, Gregor Blanco drove in two runs, and Brian McCann added another.
The Braves bullpen could barely contain the Philadelphia offense, allowing two earned runs in the last two innings, including a 2-out Ryan Howard home run in the 8th. Chase Utley also homered for the Phillies (2 runs in the 6th off of Glavine), Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs on the night and Shane Victorino drove in one. The bright spot for the Phillies was their bullpen, with Ryan Madson, Clay Condrey and Rudy Seanez combining for 4.2 scoreless innings in relief of Myers.
Reds 7-Marlins 6 (F/10)
Rookie shortstop Paul Janish hit a walk-off single in his Major League debut as the Reds defeated the Marlins in the 10th inning. That came after Cody Ross tied the game on a three-run longball off of Reds closer Francisco Cordero in the ninth. Cordero’s first blown save of the year was an ugly one–the Marlins scored all six of their runs in the top of the ninth. Reds pitcher Mike Lincoln was charged with four runs, Cordero with two. This after Bronson Arroyo shut the Marlins down, going 7 full innings allowing no runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 and walking 3 on 111 pitches.
The Marlins were plagued by ineffective pitching all night, first from starter Ricky Nolasco (4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 97 P), then from relievers Logan Kensing, Justin Miller, and Renyel Pinto. NL Beast has said it over and over again, the Marlins are only as good as their pitching.
Ross, Luis Gonzalez and Matt Treanor drove in runs for the Marlins. Adam Dunn homered and Jerry Hairston Jr., Ken Griffey Jr., Brandon Phillips, Edwin Encarnacion and Janish plated runs for the Reds.
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Tagged Adam Dunn, Brandon Phillips, Braves, Brett Myers, Brian McCann, Bronson Arroyo, Chase Utley, Chipper Jones, Clay Condrey, Cody Ross, Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Cordero, Gregor Blanco, Jerry Hairson Jr., Jimmy Rollins, Justin Miller, Kelly Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., Logan Kensing, Luis Gonzalez, Marlins, Matt Treanor, Mike Lincoln, Paul Janish, Phillies, Reds, Renyel Pinto, Ricky Nolasco, Rudy Seanez, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, Tom Glavine, Yunel Escobar
Marlins rally not enough against Reds
Despite three early homers by Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez, and Dan Uggla, the Marlins were not able to hold a lead against the Reds. The Reds scored a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 lead, but Uggla tied it up with a sac-fly in the 7th. In the top bottom of the 7th Taylor Tankersley gave up two 2-run home runs to Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Phillips.
In the top of the 8th the Marlins gave their best effort to tie the game, rallying with two outs. Luis Gonzalez scored two on a single to center and Mike Rabelo knocked in another after an error by Ken Griffey Jr. But that would be all for the Marlins, who left two on base to end the inning. Francisco Cordero notched his sixth save of the season, securing the Aaron Harang‘s first win since April 10th. Tankersley picked up the loss, breaking a 7 game winning streak for the first place Marlins.
Final score: Reds 8-Marlins 7
Braves split double header against Pirates in two lopsided affairs
In game 1, the Pirates shutout the Braves, needing only a Freddy Sanchez bases clearing double in the 3rd to get the job done. Despite 5 walks and 3 fielding errors, Zach Duke let up no runs and only 5 hits in six innings of work to get his second win of the year. Jair Jurrjens only lasted five innings and recorded his third loss of the year. Adam LaRoche knocked a ball out of the park in the 8th inning against Jeff Bennet, icing the win. It was the sixth in a row for the the streakingPirates.
Final Score: Pirates 5-Braves 0
The Pirates would not have as much luck in game 2. Tim Hudson pitched a gem, going 7 innings, allowing no earned runs, only 2 hits, two walks and striking out 5. The only runs the Pirates managed all day was on an error in the first inning Braves first baseman Greg Norton. The Braves shook off their offensive struggles from game 1 and crossed the plate 8 times in the win. Steady hitting throughout the lineup helped the Braves break a three game losing streak; a streak that came right after winning 6 in a row at home.
Final Score: Braves 8-Pirates 1
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Tagged Aaron Harang, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Phillips, Braves, Dan Uggla, Francisco Cordero, Freddy Sanchez, Greg Norton, Hanley Ramirez, Jair Jurrjens, Jeff Bennet, Jeff Keppinger, Jeremy Hermida, Ken Griffey Jr., Luis Gonzalez, Marlins, Mike Rabelo, Pirates, Reds, Taylor Tankersley, Tim Hudson, Zach Duke
WP: Johan Santana (4-2, 3.10)
LP: Matt Belisle (1-3, 7.45)
Johan Santana gave up 10 hits, but it didn’t matter, as the Mets bats came to play today at Shea. Carlos Beltran drove in a season-high 5 RBIs, going 2-3 with a walk. Joining him in breaking out of offensive slumps were Carlos Delgado, who went 3-4 with a home run, and Brian Schneider, who went 2-4 with a long ball as well. Moises Alou drove in two runs, and both Ryan Church and David Wright also drove runs in.
Santana was not his dominant self, but he was still effective. Johan allowed 3 runs on 10 hits, walking 1, striking out 5, and giving up a home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Reds starter Matt Belisle did not pitch very well, pitching just 5 innings, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, on 7 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2.
The Mets’ bullpen did not pitch well today. Aaron Heilman threw 32 pitches in the 7th, and gave up an earned run on a hit and a walk. Pedro Feliciano followed, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits. Jorge Sosa shut the door in the 9th, however, and did not surrender a hit.
It’s going to be a different team that takes the field tonight when Mike Pelfrey faces Bronson Arroyo in game two of this doubleheader. The possibility remains that Matt Wise will rejoin the bullpen for that game, which would require a roster move. I’m guessing that the two possibilities are a demotion for Joe Smith, which would be a shame, or a retroactive move of Angel Pagan to the DL. I’d prefer the second, but wouldn’t be surprised if Smith got sent down.
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Tagged Aaron Heilman, Angel Pagan, Brian Schneider, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Edwin Encarnacion, Joe Smith, Johan Santana, Jorge Sosa, Matt Belisle, Matt Wise, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Moises Alou, Pedro Feliciano, Reds, Ryan Church
NL Beast was about to attend its first game at Shea this year until it got rained out a little after 8 tonight. The game will be rescheduled for tomorrow as part of a day-night doubleheader.
Game One: Johan Santana vs. Matt Belisle, 1:10 PM
Game Two: Mike Pelfrey vs. Bronson Arroyo, 7:30 PM
The Mets need to win 5 out of the next 7. The season might depend on it.
That sounds awfully premature in May, right? Here’s my reasoning. The next 7 games are at home against two teams that the Mets should dominate in the Reds and Nationals. Two very beatable teams, at home. After that, this season gets a lot harder: three in the Bronx, four in Atlanta, three in Colorado, then home for three against the [first place] Marlins and three against the Dodgers to close out the month. That’s not an easy stretch.
In the Reds, the Mets take on a team that’s batting .250. The Nationals? .242. The Mets, by the way, are also batting a collective .250, for what it’s worth. Except for Johnny Cueto, who will oppose Oliver Perez on Sunday, the opposing pitchers are not very good (Matt Belisle, Bronson Arroyo, Odalis Perez, John Lannan, Tim Redding, Michael O’Connor.)
If the Mets take 5 of 7, they go into the Bronx with momentum, and probably in first or second place. The booing at Shea will soften, the calls for Willie to be fired will subside. The Mets will reestablish themselves as a top team in the league, after a less than stellar start to the year.
If the Mets don’t dominate these two teams, they limp across the river to play another underachieving club from New York. Shea will not be a pleasant place, and the Fire Willie movement will reach a new high. We’ll understand that this team is underachieving, and this year will start to look a whole lot more ominous.
It’s time for the Mets to step up and prove that they belong in the conversation of the elite teams in the National League. Sure, it’s only May, but this is a turning point.
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Tagged Bronson Arroyo, John Lannan, Johnny Cueto, Matt Belisle, Mets, Michael O'Connor, Nationals, Odalis Perez, Oliver Perez, Reds, Tim Redding, Willie Randolph
Looks like Mr. Redlegs had a little accident. Thanks to Hot Foot for the video.
Mets 5-Diamondbacks 2
One of the better pitching matchups of the year as Johan Santana squared off against Dan Haren in a pitchers’ dual that exploded in the 9th for the Mets. Santana was his classic self, going 6 full innings striking out 8 and walking 4, giving up just 1 earned run. Haren was almost as good, going 6 full giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (one a homer to David Wright in the 4th), striking out 7 and walking 1.
Jorge Sosa picked up the win for the Mets (he’s 4-1, unbelievably) and Billy Wagner notched his seventh save of the season after Arizona 1B Connor Jackson made a crucial throwing error in the top of the 9th that started a 3-run rally for the Mets. Bringing in runs for the Mets were Jose Reyes, Wright, and Marlon Anderson. Chad Qualls took the loss for Arizona. What a statement for the Mets, as they take the series off of the NL-leading D-Backs.
Phillies 6-Giants 5.
Charlie Manuel got his 500th win as the Phils took the game on a San Francisco error in the bottom of the ninth that brought in the winning run. Carlos Ruiz tied the game up in the 8th, allowing Brad Lidge to pick up his first win of the year. Cole Hamels allowed 4 runs on 7 hits through 6 innings, but he did have 5 strikeouts and no walks. Young Giants starter Tim Lincecum was better, surrendering no earned runs in 6 innings of work, striking out 5 and walking 2. But it was errors that would prove costly to the struggling Giants, who drop to 14-18. The Phillies remain a half-game up on New York and Florida.
Marlins 10-Padres 3
The big bats came to play today as Dan Uggla hit an RBI double and a home run to keep the Marlins tied with the Mets for second place in the division. Hanley Ramirez was 2-4 and scored 2 runs, and Matt Treanor was 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Young southpaw Andrew Miller finally pitched well for the Fish, getting his 2nd win and allowing 2 runs on 6 innings of work, striking out 4 and walking 2. Greg Maddux dropped to 2-3, allowing 11 hits for 5 runs, 4 earned, for 5.2 innings of work.
Braves 14-Reds 7
The Braves had 19 hits on the day, outhitting the Reds almost 2:1 and surviving a rocky outing by Tom Glavine. Chipper Jones contributed his fair share with a 3-run home run and a 2-run single. Also coming through big for the Braves were Mark Kotsay who homered and had 3 RBIs and Kelly Johnson, who was 4-6 with 2 RBIs. Glavine lasted just 4.2, surrendering 6 earned runs on 7 hits, striking out 3 and walking 5. Royce Ring picked up his first win of the season for Atlanta. As bad as Glavine was, Reds starter Bronson Arroyo was far worse, pitching just an inning and a third, giving up 7 earned runs. Josh Fogg came in for mop-up duty and didn’t pitch much better, giving up 5 earned runs on 6 hits in 2.2 innings.
Nationals 5-Pirates 2
Tim Redding continued his dominant streak, picking up his 4th win and allowing just 1 earned run on 6 innings of work, striking out 5 and walking 1. He was opposed by Pirates ace Ian Snell, who dropped to 2-2 after allowing 4 earned runs on 10 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Aaron Boone hit his first home run as a National, filling in at third for the day as Ryan Zimmerman ended his Major League leading 205 consecutive game streak. Also driving in runs for the Nats were Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez, and Wily Mo Peña. The Nats are red-hot, having gone 8-3 on the last homestand.
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Tagged Aaron Boone, Andrew Miller, Austin Kearns, Billy Wagner, Brad Lidge, Braves, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Qualls, Charlie Manuel, Chipper Jones, Cole Hamels, Connor Jackson, Dan Haren, Dan Uggla, David Wright, Diamondbacks, Felipe Lopez, Giants, Greg Maddux, Hanley Ramirez, Ian Snell, Johan Santana, Jorge Sosa, Jose Reyes, Josh Fogg, Kelly Johnson, Mark Kotsay, Marlins, Marlon Anderson, Matt Treanor, Mets, Nationals, Nick Johnson, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Royce Ring, Ryan Zimmerman, Tim Lincecum, Tim Redding, Tom Glavine, Wily Mo Peña