Phillies 1, Braves 0: About a month ago it looked like no matter who won the NL East, both the Phillies and Braves would partake in Actober postseason festivities. Following a sweep at the hands of the rolling Phils (10 straight wins) last night, the Bravos currently sit just a half-game ahead of the Giants for the Wildcard. What really hurts is the fact that six of their final nine games come against the renowned season-spoiling Florida Marlins, and the herculean Phillies. Ouch. If they end up failing to make the playoffs it sure would be an ugly way for Bobby Cox to waddle out. Also, Roy Oswalt went seven and allowed one hit. This is getting scary. Magic number down to four.
Padres 3, Dodgers 1: The Padres are back in first. Tomorrow they will be back in second. Friday they will be back in first. You get the idea. Miguel Tejada hit his 300th home run. I guess that juicy news is worth noting.
Cubs 2, Giants 0: Those lovable Cubbies are winners of 8 of their last 10! Too bad they won’t finish above .500. But they have one more chance to toy with San Fran’s emotions tonight and then a four-game set starting Monday in San Diego. That’s a huge opportunity to really fuck with how things shake out in the NL West.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 4: Ubaldo Jimenez had a chance at win No. 20 but instead allowed two homers in a game for the first time since June of 2008. The loss puts the Rockies three games back with 11 to play. Not quite goodnight, but they’re definitely under the covers.
Rangers 2, Angels 1 (12 innings): Jeff Francoeur scored the winning run on a passed ball. The buzz in the AL West is palpable.
Brewers 13, Reds 1: Doing his best to prepare Reds fans for the inevitable first round exit, Johnny Cueto allowed eight runs on eight hits in 1 1/3 innings of pure effort. Randy Wolf, on the other hand, was a menace on the mound for the fourth straight time.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 1: If anyone was planning on putting a stop to the Orioles three-game winning stampede, it was going to be Kevin Millwood, whose 3-16 record would look awesome if flipped horizontally. Big Papi went 2 for 3 with a homer and 4 RBIs. All those diehard Sawx fans who wanted him benched are looking awfully smart right now. Chowda!
Rays 7, Yankees 2: AJ Burnett was looking decent for AJ Burnett (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) until rain forced a stoppage in play for over two hours. Things got ugly in the seventh when Chad Gaudin took the mound. Things also got ugly when Gaudin began throwing the baseball, allowing back-to-back shots to Longoria and Crawford.
Pirates 11, Cardinals 6: Kyle Lohse gave up six runs in three innings and then quickly tagged in P.J. Walters, who was generous enough to allow five runs over four innings. Both were promptly powerbombed by the Hart Foundation, much to the delight of the raucous Pittsburgh crowd.
Marlins 7, Mets 5: I flipped to SNY last night as the game was going to commercial. The first words heard from the broadcast were, “and after one, it’s the Marlins 5, the Mets nothing.” It’s almost over, Mets fans. Just make sure you keep that chant of “Let’s go time!” going.
The Astros and Nationals said fuck it and went skeet shooting.
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