Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee retired 26 straight batters in his first career playoff start, as Philadelphia went on to win over the Colorado Rockies 5-1 in Game 1 of their National League Division Series. “Up until the fifth, it was one of the better games he had pitched over the course of the month,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “He was really, really on his game into the fifth. He had all his stuff.”
In all nine innings pitched Lee allowed just six hits with four coming from two hitters (Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki). Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez all knocked multiple hits for Philadelphia. The NL East champs will again host the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park today at 2:37 PM. Cole Hamels will get the call to take the mound for the Phillies against Colorado’s Aaron Cook.
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The NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are on a mission to travel right back to the NLCS where they left last season: defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies. With new additions in place along with their solid core of offensive talent, LA is looking for their first World Series appearance since 1988. For their NLDS matchup they will either face the Phillies or the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals have already clinched the NL Central Division and Philadelphia is well on their way to earn NL East Division rights with 91 wins. Whichever team comes out on top over the other (based on record) will likely face the Colorado Rockies, who are on the verge to completely hold on to their Wild Card lead. The other will have to travel further west to Dodger Stadium for Games 1 and 2.
The Cardinals and Dodgers last squared off at the NLDS in 2004, where St. Louis beat them out in four games and continued on to appear at the World Series. The Rockies and Phillies last NLDS meeting resulted in a sweep courtesy of Colorado. Philadelphia made last year’s NLCS against LA a short one, lasting just five games. The National League will definitely provide some sensational competition however the matchups play out. Don’t miss the action!
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Philadelphia Phillies veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez had a taste of his MLB glory days last night, throwing seven innings to outpitch San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. In the Phillies 2-1 victory Pedro struck out nine, but was more impressed with Lincecum’s 11 total K’s. “He reminds me a little bit of me, but he’s twice as good as me at this time of my career,” Martinez said of Lincecum. “It took me seven years to win a Cy Young.”
Lincecum had very high praise for Pedro as well, saying “It’s ridiculous how nasty his stuff still is. When you watch him, it’s obvious he knows what he’s doing out there.” Martinez after the game was reminiscing and said he had a flash back “to the good old times.” He went on to talk about not having the same power he had back in the 90′s, but knows he can still be affective if he hits his spots.
Each of the pitchers surrendered solo home runs in the first two innings to make it 1-1. The Phillies notched the go-ahead run in the 6th with a Ryan Howard double that scored Chase Utley. Philadelphia is now set to take on the Houston Astros starting tonight, while the Giants head to Milwaukee to match up against the Brewers. San Francisco is just one game out of the Wild Card chase.
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In his debut as a San Francisco Giant, Brad Penny pitched for eight scoreless innings and helped his team coast to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw 64 strikes out of 102 pitches and surrendered just five hits.
“This is what you put a uniform on for, to get in the playoffs and play in the World Series,” said Penny after the game. “The reason I came here is, you get in a five-game series, with the pitching these guys here … I mean, you’ve got a good chance to win. This team is going to be real dangerous and people aren’t going to want to play them if they’re in the playoffs.”
It seems as though Penny has taken a quick liking to his new team after a good outing. With the win the Giants have moved to just one game out of the NL Wild Card chase. Penny during his time in Red Sox gear (AL Wild Card leaders) held a 5.61 ERA with a 7-8 record. Following his best game in his last 28 starts, Penny has discovered things to be a bit sunnier on the West Coast.
Jamie Moyer got the call from the bullpen early in the 4th and threw for six scoreless innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 last night at Citizens Bank Park. Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez (who took Moyers spot in the starting rotation last week) gave up a solo home run in the 1st, but went on to retire the last eight batters he faced. After a 66 minute rain delay, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made the call to switch it up.
Most of Philadelphia’s run production came in the 3rd inning around the rain dely. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz both contributed solo home runs in the 5th and 6th innings to add insurance, while Moyer was continuing to shut down the D-Backs line up. “I went out and did what I set forth to do, got them to put the ball in play and relied on my defense,” said Moyer.
The Phillies are scheduled to play Arizona tonight and Thursday before matching up against the New York Mets on Friday.
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The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Pedro Martinez agree on a deal that will return Martinez to the NL East once again. The contract is said to be a 1 year/$1 million. Martinez is pleased with going to the Phillies and hopes he can aid the injury prone pitching rotation. Martinez told reporters that he regrets pitching while being hurt back in New York, but feels good right now. The Phillies have put him on the 15 day DL and will have him pitch in the minors before returning to the majors.
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Red Sox ace Josh Beckett followed up a 5th inning Phillies rally with a line-drive homer to left, his first since last year (in the same building). Beckett wanted nothing to do with the usual discussion a pitcher has after a game with a homer. “I don’t want to talk about that,” he said. “I just want to think about what helped us lose.” A four-run 5th inning and a 6-run disaster in the 7th inning prevented the Sox from leaving Philly with the sweep. After Beckett gave up two in the 7th, rookie fireballer Daniel Bard couldn’t slow down the surging Phillies. Bard walked three and gave up two hits, allowing 4 runs in just two-thirds of an inning.
The Sox would benefit from a Julio Lugo sacrifice fly in the 8th, but it was not enough to beat the defending champs. Despite the loss, the Sox won the series and remain two games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East.
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Dave Bush pitched magnificently for the Milwaukee Brewers today, getting through 7 2/3 innings before surrendering his first hit. Phillies slugger Matt Stairs ended Bush’s dreams of a no hitter with a shot that banked of the foul pole, resulting in a solo home run. Jimmy Rollins recorded a single before Bush was taken out, all in all letting up just one run off two hits and three walks. This is the second time Bush has flirted with history, as he went to the eighth inning with out allowing a hit in a start last season.
The Brewers offense broke out in the 4th inning when Ryan Braun nailed a two-run homer. After the Brew crew never looked back, tallying a total of 6 runs for the game. Look for the Brewers Friday against the Astros at 7:10 pm in Houston. Philadelphia Phillies tickets can be found right here at Aceticket.com!
The 2009 Major League Baseball Season is underway! Nearly every team has been in action, and a number of rookies have already made big impacts for their clubs.
Sunday April 5th
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1 – Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and rookie Jordan Schafer all homered to give the Braves the win over the World Series Champs.
Monday April 6th
Tampa Bay/Boston and Kansas City/Chicago were both postponed due to inclement weather.
NY Mets 2, Cincinnati 1 – K-Rod headlined the new and improved Metsbullpen. Sean Green, JJ Putz, and Rodriguez held the Reds scoreless in the last 3 innings.
Texas 9, Cleveland 1 – A slimmed-down Kevin Millwood went 7 strong for the Rangers, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk.
Arizona 9, Colorado 8 -Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez both hit homers from each side of the plate in part of the D’Backs’ offensive assault.
Baltimore 10, NY Yankees 5 – New Yankee CC Sabathia was shelled and held without a strikeout in his NY Debut.
Florida 12, Washington 6 – Rookie Emilio Bonifacio made a splash in his debut with an inside-the-park home run.
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4 – Jack Wilson hit a three-run double in the 9th to give the Bucs the late win.
LA Dodgers 4, San Diego 1 – Hiroki Kuroda pitched a gem to give the Dodgers the win over Jake Peavy.
Chicago Cubs 4, Houston 2 – Zambrano had six strong innings, and new closer Kevin Gregg hung on through a rocky 9th to notch his first save for the club.
Toronto 12, Detroit 5 – Adam Lind had a monster game; a homer and 6 RBI’s made him a fan (and Fantasy) favorite in Toronto.
Seattle 6, Minnesota 1 – Ken Griffey Jr homered in his first game back with the Mariners.
LA Angels 3, Oakland 0 – The Angels’ bullpen (Arredondo, Shields, and newcomer Brian Fuentes) held the A’s hitless after Joe Saunders left in the 7th.
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After winning eight straight spring training games, the New York Yankees have lost their last two against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees pitching has not been strong as of late, letting up five runs to the Rays and eight to the Phillies. Raul Ibanez hit 3-for-3 for Philadelphia, and Eric Bruntlett went 3-for-4. Matt Stairs and Miguel Cairo added homeruns for extra run support.
Chien-Ming Wang allowed five hits, three runs and two walks in five plus innings. Though the numbers don’t look pretty, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was happy with the outing. “Each inning that went on, it seemed like his sinker got better,” he said. “That’s a good sign. He was down a lot in the zone. That was clearly, to me, his best outing”
Right field has been an open spot for New York since the start of spring training. Girardi has recently stated that Xavier Nady is looking like the better candidate over Nick Swisher with two weeks left. New York will meet the Boston Red Sox one last time before the start of the 2009-2010 regular season. The game will take place in Tampa, Florida tonight at 7:15 p.m.
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