Giants 4, Blue Jays 3
The Blue Jays found themselves a long way from Canada last night out on the west coast. Barry Bonds hit a 2 run homer off Josh Towers, putting him now only 9 from breaking Hank Aaron’s record. Matt Morris went the distance picking up his 7th win for the Giants.
Cubs 2, Astros 1
The second biggest story of the night had to be the way that Carlos Zambrano pitched at Wrigley Field last night in beating the Astros. When we last saw Zambrano he was bitch slapping Micheal Barrett. On this night, Zambrano would strike out 8 and pick up quietly, his 7th win of the season. He also hit a homerun. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that this guy could still win 20 games if he stays focused and gets hot. The Astros are in danger of falling into the basement in the NL Central, if the Reds can get it together enough to climb out and we all know that isn’t going to happen.
Phillies 3, White Sox 0
The Phillies got 3 solo homeruns, including another shot from Ryan Howard (his 13th), and a strong outing from starting pitcher Adam Eaton to get another win. Ageless Antonio Alfonseca picked up his 5th save of the season and Pat the bat Burrell also homered in the win. Look out for these Phillies. They’re 33-31, two games over .500 now and only 4 games back. I have to think they’re primed to make a big time second half run.
Mariners 8, Indians 7
The Indians gave a valiant effort in trying to come back from a huge deficit, and actually tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the 8th inning. Raul Ibanez was the story in this game, falling a triple short of the cycle and driving in 5 runs, including the game winning run in the top of the 9th off Indians closer Joe Borowski. The Indians got multi-hit games from their core offensive players Grady Sizemore, Casey Blake, Travis Hafner, Kelly Shoppach, and Victor Martinez.
Dodgers 5, Mets 3
This could easily end up being an NLCS preview series. Randy Wolf (why did I cut him?) got his 8th win of the season for the Dodgers. Orlando Hernandez (why did I pick him up?) went 5 2/3 in getting the loss. Takashi Saito picked up save #17 on the season working a scoreless 9th inning. Luis Gonzalez doubled twice and drove in a run for the trolley Dodgers.