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
The Nationals defeated the Pirates 3-2 tonight winning their fourth in a row, and are just a game in back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Odalis Perez had his finest start of the year, going 7 full innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 0 BB, 4 SO). Both runs came off of solo shots, one from Freddy Sanchez (his first of the year) in the top of the 4th and the other from Ryan Doumit in the 7th.
The Nats rode on the bats of Wil Nieves, who drove two runs on a single in the bottom of the 2nd and Austin Kearns, who broke the 2-2 tie open with an RBI single in the 8th.
The Nationals bullpen continued to roll despite the injury to closer Chad Cordero. Luis Ayala picked up the win, pitching a scoreless 8th, and Jon Rauch notched his 6th save of the season.
Zach Duke pitched well for the Bucs, going 7 full innings and receiving a no-decision (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO). The loss was charged to John Grabow, his first of the year.
The Official Ryan Zimmerman Watch: 0-4, 2 LOB
By the way, Perez’s ERA is down to a very respectable 3.18 on the season. Not bad at all.
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Tagged Austin Kearns, Chad Cordero, Freddy Sanchez, John Grabow, Jon Rauch, Nationals, Odalis Perez, Pirates, Ryan Doumit, Ryan Zimmerman, Wil Nieves, Zach Duke
The Game: Pittsburgh Pirates (11-16) at Washington Nationals (11-17)
The Matchup: Zach Duke (0-2, 5.34) vs. Odalis Perez (0-3, 3.31)
The Story: The streaking Nationals look to push their win streak to 4 in a row as they open up against the mediocre Pirates. Perez looks to regain form after starting the season slowly, and if recent times have been any indication, he should get more run support this time than in his previous starts. The Nationals bats are starting to heat up on the backs of Ryan Zimmerman, who is slowly improving from his slow start, and Felipe Lopez, who has been a key part of the Nats offense.
The Nats have been riding on their bullpen, especially on the backs of Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala, and Jon Rauch, and it should be interesting to see how much longer those workhorses can hold up, especially tonight in relief for Perez.
The Bucs are coming off of a 13-1 whopping of the New York Mets, but look for their bats to quiet down significantly this weekend barring any Nats pitching meltdown.