The Phillies looked dead and buried last night. Cole Hamels struck out 10 Mets over six innings (Cliff Lee also had 10 strikeouts through six innings on Monday) but left the game trailing 2-1. The Phillies could not get anything going after Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a homerun. They did not record another hit until the eighth innings. In the ninth, with the Mets winning 2-1 and two outs, Chase Utley fell behind 1-2 but worked a walk out of Mets pitcher Josh Edgin. After getting ahead 0-1 after a first pitch curveball to Ryan Howard, Edgin showed a lapse in judgment as he left a fastball up in the zone and Howard did not miss. He deposited the ball in the right field upper deck to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead and Jonathan Papelbon came in and closed the door for the win. The Phillies remain four games back. More here.
The St. Louis Cardinals were in action against the Houston Astros last night and, once again, had their way. The Cardinals were dominant from start to finish as they shutout the Astros 5-0. So far over their last two games, the Cardinals have outscored the Astros 9-1. Phillies beat writer Kevin Cooney pointed out that “that’s what playoff teams do” when facing the Astros. More here.
The Los Angele Dodgers had a make up doubleheader yesterday with the Washington Nationals. Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann pitched a gem for Washington in the first game as they beat the Dodgers 3-1. In the second game, the Dodgers took a 6-0 after a three run third and three run fourth. The Nationals stormed back with a six run eighth inning to tie the game. 2011 NL MVP runner up Matt Kemp would take the game into his own hands with a solo shot in the ninth to give the Dodgers a 7-6 lead and, ultimately, the win. They are two games back of the Cardinals. More here.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates were battling last night. Behind the strong pitching and hitting (he went 1-for-3 with an RBI) of Marco Estrada, the Brewers took a 3-0 lead into the ninth. The Pirates would get one back but that is as close as they would get. The loss drops the Pirates to 4.5 games back and to .500 at 74-74. The win keeps the Brewers at 2.5 games back of the Cardinals. More here.