May 5, 2010 |
Rod Barajas hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth inning last night, rallying the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory after the host Cincinnati Reds had caught up with a homer of their own upheld after a review. Barajas hit the first pitch from closer Francisco Cordero (1-2) deep into the seats in left-centerfield, his seventh homer overall. The catcher has homered five times in his last nine games. "He's been impressive in that manner," Mets manager Jerry Manuel "He's had some big hits at some big moments.
August 1, 2009 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A perusal of various "expert" opinions available on the Internet suggests the Phillies were winners at the deadline - not just because they acquired 2008 American League Cy Young winner Cliff Lee, but because none of their chief rivals for a World Series berth was able to add the most important of postseason commodities, starting pitching. Toronto righthander Roy Halladay stayed put, while Seattle lefthander Jarrod Washburn and San Diego righthander Jake Peavy landed with AL clubs.
July 24, 2009 |
Barry Zito earned the win in the box score and the save from his manager. Zito gave up only three hits in seven innings yesterday and San Francisco beat host Atlanta, 5-1, to avoid a four-game sweep. "He saved us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Zito. "It would have been tough to come in here and get swept. " The Giants improved to 2-5 on their 10-game road trip. "It's definitely nice to get the team back on the right track," Zito said. Zito (6-10) walked five but gave up only one run, on Yunel Escobar's second-inning homer.
September 19, 2008 |
New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel joked he desperately wanted Johan Santana to throw nine innings, even if it took 170 pitches. No way Manuel could rely on much help from a bullpen that offered up seven relievers a day before. Well, Santana barely topped 100 pitches last night, but Manuel will take it. Santana took a shutout into the seventh inning, Brian Schneider went deep twice for his first multihomer game in 5 1/2 years and the Mets beat host Washington, 7-2. Santana (14-7)
December 11, 2007 |
Paul Lo Duca and the Washington Nationals agreed to a 1-year contract pending a physical, according to several reports yesterday. Lo Duca, a free-agent catcher who played for the New York Mets the past two seasons, would give the Nationals a veteran to replace Brian Schneider behind the plate. Washington traded Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church to the Mets last month in the deal that sent outfielder Lastings Milledge to the Nationals. A four-time All-Star from 2003 to '06, Lo Duca hit .272 with nine homers and a .311 on-base percentage this season that was the lowest of any Mets regular - and lower than Schneider's .326.
July 26, 2007 |
The side of the box for the Cole Hamels bobblehead giveaway last night read: "Cole in Your Stocking. " Almost. Antonio Alfonseca blew a two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, but Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard saved Christmas in July Night in dramatic fashion. "The game had everything but a fight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. Rollins sent the game into extra innings in incredible, improbable fashion when he tripled to left-center field and scored on the same play with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
May 17, 2007 |
Even with patchwork pitching, the Washington Nationals are suddenly winning. Ryan Church hit a go-ahead, three-run double, the Nationals' bullpen provided five shutout innings, and last-place Washington beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-4, last night for its fifth victory in six games. Church's liner to right-center off Kyle Davies (1-2) capped a four-run fifth in which the Nationals batted around and all of the runs were unearned, thanks to second baseman Kelly Johnson's fielding error.
April 25, 2007 |
The game began in summer and ended in early spring as the sun disappeared quickly and a sharp breeze from the northeast snapped the flags beyond the center-field wall to attention. For the Phillies, who endured a dreadful cold streak to start the season before warming with four straight wins, including last night's 6-3 victory over Washington, there was nothing in the change of weather or the change of opponents that should have bothered them. Coming off a 20-hit game the previous evening, with steady Jamie Moyer on the mound, going up against the Nationals - the worst team in the league by dint of the Phils' recent surge - little about the game of baseball should have bothered the Phillies.
March 30, 2007 |
2005 FINISH: 71-91, Fifth place, 26 games behind HELLO: LHP Brandson Claussen, LHP Ray King, RHP Tim Redding, RHP Jerome Williams, OF Michael Restovich, OF Chris Snelling, IF Josh Wilson GOODBYE: OF Alfonso Soriano, 2B Jose Vidro, RHP Tony Armas Jr., RHP Pedro Astacio, RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Zach Day, RHP Ryan Drese, LHP Joey Eischen, RHP Brian Lawrence, IF Henry Mateo, RHP Felix Rodriguez LINEUP Felipe Lopez, 2b Cristian Guzman, ss...
July 24, 2006 |
Alfonso Soriano says he wants to stay with the Washington Nationals, but he doubts he'll reach an agreement on a new contract before the July 31 trade deadline. Soriano has been mentioned in various trade rumors. He is slated to become a free agent at season's end; the Nationals figure to be able to get top prospects in return if they deal him. After homering in Washington's 7-1 victory over the visiting Cubs yesterday, Soriano was asked if he expected to sign a new deal with the team in the next week.