The Phillies lost to the Dodgers 6-5 last night, their fifth straight defeat. They're now six out in the NL East, two games under .500 with a +4 run differential and and 18.8% playoff chance, worst in the NL East. If it's any consolation to Phillies fans, four of their losses during this losing streak were by just one run. But on the other side of the coin, tonight concludes a seven game homestand for the Fightins, and they're looking to leave Citizens Bank Park with more than one win over the last week. Friday, they begin a nine game road trip with visits to tough AL East teams Baltimore and Toronto sandwiched around a visit to Minnesota. It's definitely conceivable for the Phillies to be five games under .500 on my birthday (June 19th, for those wanting to shower me with gifts) — or worse.
Game of the Night: Giants 6, Padres 5. This game wins by default, because nothing was very exciting overall. The Giants picked up three runs in the first inning off of Padres starter Clayton Richard, who finished his day one no walks and one strikeout over 5 2/3 innings. Anyway, the Padres answered San Francisco's first inning with a pair in the bottom of the first off of Madison Bumgarner. Scoring remained dormant until the fifth, when each team traded a solo homer. Two runs scored on a Logan Forsythe error in the sixth to make it 6-3 in favor of the Giants, and the Padres picked up a run each in the sixth and seventh innings on RBI groundouts. But Giants closer Sergio Romo was perfect in the ninth, and that was curtains for the Padres.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Brandon Morrow, take a bow. The Blue Jays starter led his team to a 4-0 win over the White Sox, throwing a complete game and giving up just two hits and two walks, striking out five. The Brewers blew out the Cubs 8-0, and starter Zack Greinke had a lot to do with that, going seven innings while giving up two hits and two walks and striking out a whopping 12 Chicago hitters. Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley was impressive in Arizona's 6-1 win over the Rockies, allowing one run over eight innings on three hits and five strikeouts, not walking a batter in the process. I'll also give some love to Bartolo Colon, whose A's beat the Rangers 2-0 last night. Colon shut Texas out over eight innings on five hits and one walk, striking out five Rangers along the way.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Even on a night dominated by good pitching, there were still some good hitting performances. Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks went 3/4 with two runs, three RBI, two doubles, and a homer. Rajai Davis of the Blue Jays went 3/4 with two runs, two RBI, and a homer. Ty Wigginton of the Phillies went 3/4 with two RBI, a double, and a homer.
Series Spotlight: No writeup? No problem. The Braves won their third straight, and second straight in Florida, by edging the Marlins 2-1. Atlanta starter Randall Delgado paced the Braves, allowing just one run over 6 1/3 innings on two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Atlanta's bullpen faced eight hitters, and set them down in order on 33 pitches. It just wasn't a good night for Marlins hitters. On offense for the Braves, Brian McCann went 3/4 with a double and a run scored. Marlins starter Josh Johnson was good, but not good enough, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out nine. The Braves look for the sweep today with Mike Minor taking on Mark Buerhle. An Atlanta win will put them a game ahead of the Marlins in the tough NL East.
Other Games: The surging Yankees beat the Rays 4-1 to take over second place in the AL East. The Indians continued their mastery of the Tigers with a 9-6 win. The Nationals beat the Mets 5-3 as they slowly attempt to distance themselves from the pack in the NL East. The Orioles edged the Red Sox 2-1. The Reds beat the Pirates 5-4 despite a late rally from Pittsburgh. The Twins beat the Royals 4-2 to prevent the Royals from jumping the Tigers in the AL Central standings. The Mariners knocked off the Angels 8-6. The Cardinals nipped the Astros 4-3 despite 12 Bud Norris strikeouts.
Today's Games: Half of the games today are day games, hooray! Yu Darvish takes on Brandon McCarthy in Oakland. Aaron Harang takes on Cole Hamels in Philly, as the Phillies look to end their skid. David Price and CC Sabathia will duel in New York. Matt Cain starts for the Giants against Jason Marquis, making his debut for the Padres. Henderson Alvarez takes on Jake Peavy in Chicago. Lance Lynn goes for the Cardinals in Houston.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.