The NL East had a bit of an eventful week, as the Mets swept both the Braves and the Phillies, the Braves swept the Marlins, and the Nationals had some crazy games against both Houston and Los Angeles.
The Week That Was (Record in parenthesis shows record in mid-week series’)
Atlanta Braves (2-2) @ Marlins (1-3)
The Braves were swept by the New York Mets, but then proceeded to sweep the Florida Marlins. Derek Lowe had an off-day Wednesday giving up 6 ER, but the Braves held on for an 8-6 win.
On Thursday, Jair Jurrjens gave up two HR’s to Hanley Ramirez, but both were solo shots. Braves win 4-2.
Before the Marlins played the Braves, they split the prior two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, winning 3-2 on Monday before losing 7-0 on Tuesday.
Philadelphia Phillies (2-2)
The Phillies swept their two game series against the Cardinals winning 6-1 on Monday and 10-7 on Tuesday. After that… well, you know the rest.
Washington Nationals (2-1-?)
The Nationals have had the most interesting week out of the other divisional teams. The question mark in the record above references to the wild game Tuesday, which was suspended due to rain in the 11th inning, and will be picked up July 9th at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The game was started in Washington, so the Nationals will remain the home team. The score was tied 10-10, after the Astros tied it up in the 9th. In case you’re wondering, the pitching matchup was Daniel Cabrera (5 ER) vs. Roy Oswalt (4 ER). The Nationals had won the previous game 9-4.
Then the Nationals were thrust into the Dodger drama, as they gave the Dodgers the record setting home win on Wednesday before breaking the streak Thursday.
Though Thursday’s game was overshadowed by Manny Ramirez’s suspension, it was a great game. Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman gave up 6 runs in the 1st, including a grand slam to Matt Kemp. Later the inning, in a defensive lapse, Casey Blake hit a ball between Adam Dunn and Elijah Dukes in the outfield, but because of miscommunication (Dunn claims a fan called “I Got It”), Dunn and Dukes thought that the other had called it, so it dropped between them for a triple. Zimmerman didn’t give up anything for the next five innings, he lasted 6 IP with 6 ER. Dodger starter Randy Wolf gave up 1 ER, on a HR to Josh Willingham, and left after 6 with a 6-1 lead. Then, the Nationals proceeded to put up 10 runs on the Dodger bullpen, including 2-Run doubles by Dunn, Willingham, and Nick Johnson. The Nats entered the bottom of the 9th with a 11-7 lead, before the Dodgers scored twice off Kip Wells, before getting Casey Blake to fly out with runners at the corners. Final Score: 11-9.
The Braves and Phillies meet for a three-game set in Philadelphia, with Cole Hamels returning Friday from a sprained ankle. Braves catcher Brian McCann is also set to return tonight, he had been on the DL with eye problems.
The Marlins return to Coors Field, where last season they played an 18-17 game, losing to the Rockies. The big bats could be out again this weekend. Nolasco, Johnson, and Volstad are set to be the starters.
The Nationals stay out west for a three game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Other News and Notes:
- The Marlins have partnered with Jimmy Buffet to name their stadium Landshark Stadium, just for this year.
- I did not make that last sentence up.
- Nationals fans are hoping to have the same type of luck that the Cleveland Indians got after Major League, and the Boston Red Sox got after Fever Pitch. Filming will begin this summer on How do you know?, a romantic comedy starring Owen Wilson as a Nationals relief pitcher trying to win the heart of Reese Witherspoon, but has competition from a businessman played by Paul Rudd.
- With the way Joel Hanrahan, Julian Tavares, Kip Wells, and the rest of the bullpen have been playing; Wilson probably could be a reliever on the Nationals.
Till Next Time