The Baseball Notebook

September 23, 2010 8:13 AM

All Over But The Shouting

Lidge.jpgPhiladelphia has all but wrapped up the NL East, finishing off a three-game sweep of Atlanta last night 1-0. Jayson Werth drew three walks and one of them he came around to score, giving Roy Oswalt the run he needed. The Phillies are six games up with nine to go and can spend the rest of the regular season drinking champagne.

The Braves are still in the lead for the wild-card, but a hair-raising half-game over San Francisco. The Giants lost 2-0 to Chicago yesterday, as Randy Wells & Carlos Marmol combined on the shutout. Frisco only got performance from the Sanchez boys--second baseman Freddy had a couple hits and starter Jonathan Sanchez pitched well. But it wasn't enough to hold onto first place, as San Diego beat Los Angeles 3-1. The Padre bullpen shone again, with the trio of Luke Gregorson, Mike Adams and Health Bell taking care of the last three innings in workmanlike fashion. Colorado's losing streak continued. They got off to a good start last night, with a three-run home run by red-hot Melvin Mora helping stake Ubaldo Jiminez to a 4-0 lead over Arizona. But the Rockies' ace couldn't pitch like an ace, and the Diamondbacks took over from there, winning 8-4.

Two starts who did stand up and play like it last night were Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria. The Rays' stars each had two hits, each homered and each drove in a pair and getting a big win in the Bronx. Tampa's 7-2 win closes the gap in the AL East back to 1 ½ games as their four-game series closes tonight. New York's loss allowed Minnesota to pull even in the race for the American League's top seed, as the Twins beat the Indians 5-1. Minnesota did this in spite of sitting most starters after the previous night's clinching celebration.

Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily commentary on baseball and game analysis in college football and the NFL

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