The Nationals got three-run homers from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth and swept the series with the Marlins, winning last night by the score of 9-0. Bryan Harper also connected long distance in support of Gio Gonzalez, who threw seven shutout innings. The Nationals don’t want the Marlins to leave town, and they have now beaten the Fish 9 out of 12 times this season.
The Fish will send their ace, Jose Fernandez, to the mound tonight in Atlanta as the Fish and the Braves start a three-game series. Fredi Gonzalez will counter with Julio Teheran. Game time tonight is 7:30 pm. The pitching matchups for the rest of the series with the Braves:
SATURDAY Jacob Turner vs Mke Minor 7:10 pm
SUNDAY Nathan Eovaldi vs Alex Wood 5:00 pm
The Marlins are the worst offensive team in the majors, and they are not showing any signs of improvement. This is the sorry reality: The Marlins have now been held to three runs or less 86 times this season, and their record in those 86 games is 17-69. Taking it one step further,
When scoring three runs in a game 6-16
When scoring two runs in a game 9-17
When scoring one run in a game 2-20
Of course, they lead the majors in getting shutout, last night’s shutout was #16 this season. Awful.
The Fish are still at the bottom of the list in runs scored in MLB, with 415 runs in their 131 games, an underwhelming 3.17 runs per game. Here are the rest of the bottom-dwellers:
TEAM W-L Runs
Marlins 49-83 419
White Sox 56-76 502
Giants 59-74 504
Phillies 61-73 507
Cubs 56-77 512
In contrast, the Detroit Tigers (78-56) lead MLB with 682 runs scored and the Boston Red Sox (79-56) have plated 680. The Sox have played 1 more game than the Tigers.
In the Major Leagues yesterday, first in the National League,
Mets 11 Phillies 3
Eric Young went 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Daniel Murphy went 4-5 with two RBI.
Brewers 4 Pirates 0
Yovany Gallardo threw seven shutout innings. Aramis Ramirez connected longdistance and Jonathan Lucroy drove in a pair of runs.
Braves 3 Indians 0
Kris Medlen dominated with seven shutout innings and Craig Kimbrel retired the Indians 1-2-3 in the ninth to record his 32nd save. The Braves continue to lead the NL East by 13 games over the Nationals, and lead the Dodgers and the Cardinals by three games for the best record in the NL.
Over in the American League,
Tigers 7 A’s 6
Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer, capping a four-run ninth inning as the Tigers avoided a sweep.
Royals 3 Twins 1
Bruce Chen allowed 1 run in his 5 2/3 innings of work
Angels 2 Rays 0
Jason Vargas allowed two hits in seven innings. Tampa Bay has now lost four out of their last five games.
Orioles 3 Red Sox 2
Chris Davis’ RBI double in the fifth inning was the difference. Manny Machado drove in a pair of runs in the win.
Mariners 3 Astros 2
Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer and Nick Franklin also connected long distance.
Today in MLB, in the National League,
Phillies @ Cubs 2:20 pm
Roy Halladay vs Jeff Samardzija
Mets @ Nationals 7:05 pm
Dillon Gee vs Jordan Zimmerman
Cardinals @ Pirates 7:05 pm
Shelby Miller vs Francisco Liriano
Marlins @ Braves 7:30 pm
Jose Fernandez vs Julio Teheran
Reds @ Rockies 8:40 pm
Bronson Arroyo vs Jeff Manship
Giants @ Diamondbacks 9:40 pm
Tim Lincecum vs Randall Delgado
Padres @ Dodgers 10:10 pm
Eric Stults vs Hyun-Jin Ryu
Over in the American League,
Orioles @ Yankees 7:05 pm
Miguel Gonzalez vs CC Sabathia
Royals @ Blue Jays 7:07 pm
Ervin Santana vs Mark Buehrle
Indians @ Tigers 7:08 pm
Zach McAllister vs Rick Porcello
White Sox @ Red Sox 7:10 pm
Hector Santiago vs Ryan Dempster
Twins @ Rangers 8:05 pm
Liam Hendricks vs Yu Darvish
Mariners @ Astros 8:10 pm
Taijuan Walker vs Brad Peacock
Rays @ A’s 10:05 pm
David Price vs Jarrod Parker
Here is baseball’s next controversy . . . we shall call it “realignment”:
Miguel Cabrera’s chase of a second consecutive triple crown could be in danger. He suffered another injury yesterday:
The Braves’ injury woes continue, as Justin Upton got hit by a pitch on the hand last night:
Former GM Jim Bowden shares his list of prospects he would call up now:
Here are the latest trade rumors around the majors:
Here is ESPN chiming in with their gossip:
REMEMBER: ANY PLAYERS TRADED AFTER THE AUGUST 31st DEADLINE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR POSTSEASON ROSTERS.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: As a Yankee fan, and more importantly, a baseball fan, I hope that Derek Jeter is able to continue playing and returns to the Yankees next season. We know about all the World Series championships. How many Gold Gloves has Jeter won? The answer comes later, alligator.
Here are the up-to-the-minute standings in MLB:
Here are the individual league leaders in MLB:
It is game time for NCAA football. Here is the complete schedule for this week in college football, including results from yesterday’s games:
The Canes open up against Florida Atlantic tonight at the Seven Names Stadium. Everyone at the U is just ready for some football. Kickoff is at 8:00 pm, and you can watch it on ESPN-U.
The Herald’s Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan have the latest scoop from the University of Miami:
Here’s the latest from FIU, who take on the University of Maryland on Saturday at 12:30 pm. You can catch the game on the computer, on ESPN-3:
Here’s the latest from Tallahassee and FSU:
We have to include the Gators, right?
In the NFL, the Dolphins were looking for answers to some roster questions last night, and closed out their preseason schedule with a win last night, getting past the New Orleans Saints 24-21. Third-string QB Pat Devlin was at the controls and guided the Fins to the win, completing 22-38 throws for 259 yards and two touchdowns, including on a 56-yard touchdown pass to Marvin McNutt with just over three minutes left in the game.
Armando Salguero was with Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin after the game:
Here is Salguero’s daily Dolphin report from the Miami Herald:
Miami opens the regular season in Cleveland against the Browns on Sunday, September 8, at 1:00 pm.
Here are the details and summaries of yesterday’s preseason finales:
Here’s ESPN’s NFL Nation Blog, with news from all around the league:
We can all continue to sleep at night, knowing full well that Aaron Hernandez remains in jail, where he belongs.
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THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: As a Yankee fan, and more importantly, a baseball fan, I hope that Derek Jeter is able to continue playing and returns to the Yankees next season. We know about all the World Series championships. How many Gold Gloves has Jeter won?
Make that five Gold Gloves for the captain - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010.
Behave yourselves, and always remember that tomorrow will bring us a brand new day. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!