Monday, February 28, 2011

National League - September 7

Player of the Day: Keith Hernandez got four hits and scored three runs in the Cardinals’ 7-4 win over the Montreal Expos

Pitcher of the Day: Jon Matlack allowed one run in a 3-1 complete-game win over the Chicago Cubs. Matlack is now 15-8 on the season.

 Atlanta 4, San Francisco 3
 Houston 2, Cincinnati 1
 Los Angeles 5, San Diego 2
 New York 3, Chicago 1
 St. Louis 7, Montreal 4

Sunday, February 27, 2011

National League - September 6

Player of the Day: Enzo Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a home run. The fact that Enzo hit a big fly is enough to justify PotD honors – he hit only one during the 1976 season.

Pitcher of the Day: J.R. Richard pitched a five-hit shutout as the Astros beat the Reds 2-0.

Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3 (10 innings) (game 1)
 Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 1 (game 2)
 Houston 2, Cincinnati 0
 San Diego 4, Los Angeles 2
 Montreal 4, St. Louis 3 (12 innings) (game 1)
 Montreal 2, St. Louis 1 (game 2)
 San Francisco 3, Atlanta 2
New York 11, Chicago 0

Saturday, February 26, 2011

National League - September 5

Player of the Day: Mike Schmidt went 3 for 4 and hit his league-leading 36th home run as the Phillies beat the Mets 9-7.

Pitcher of the Day: Jerry Reuss allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win against the Montreal Expos.

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 and clinched the NL West title. Dick Ruthven lost his 20th game.

Chicago 2, St. Louis 1
 Cincinnati 4, Atlanta 2
 Houston 3, Los Angeles 2 (10 innings)
 Philadelphia 9, New York 7
 Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 1
 San Francisco 9, San Diego 5 (game 1)
 San Diego 5, San Francisco 1 (game 2)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Game of the Week - September 4

This series is probably the Phillies' best shot at catching the surprising New York Mets. The Phillies lost the first game last night in excruciating fashion -- they led in the 9th inning but allowed four runs to lose the game.

Veteran Jim Lonborg (12-8) will start for the Phillies. The Mets will counter with youngster Craig Swan (9-5).

With two out in the top of the first inning, Mike Schmidt blasted a solo home run to deep left field to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning  Dave Kingman and  Ed Kranepool both singled. After Ron Staiger flied out, John "Bad Dude" Stearns hit a home run to put the Mets ahead 3-1.

The score remained unchanged until the top of the 8th inning. With two out, Schmidt hit his second solo homer of the game to make the score 3-2.

Felix Millan led off the bottom of the 8th with a walk. John  Milner doubled to put runners on second and  third. Kingman was intentionally walked. Tug McGraw came in to face the left-handed Kranepool. Kranepool walked, forcing in Millan with the fourth New York run.

The Phillies had a last-ditch effort to tie the game in the top of the 9th inning. Jay Johnstone doubled to center and went to third on a balk by Swan. Bob Boone walked. Larry Bowa hit a grounder that scored Johnstone. Bowa was left on base as pinch hitter Tim McCarver grounded out to end the game.

Swan earned the win and improved to 10-5. Lonborg (12-10) took the loss. The Phillies are now 8 1/2 games behind the Mets.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

National League - September 4

Player of the Day: John Stearns hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to propel the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pitcher of the Day: Dave Heaverlo pitched the last 1 1/3 innings of the game and earned the win.

Cincinnati 6, Montreal 2
The Reds have clinched at least a tie for the NL West title
 Los Angeles 5,  Houston 4
 New York 4, Philadelphia 3
 Pittsburgh 9, Montreal 7
 San Francisco 6, San Diego 5 (10 innings)
 St. Louis 8, Chicago 7