Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekend recap

I'm a little late with the weekend recap, but sometimes busy Monday's force it to happen. Better late than never...

Friday: The Braves scored seven runs in the top of the 9th inning to beat the Phillies. Brad Lidge imploded, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk, all without recording an out. Clay Condrey kicked his own team while they were down, allowing two runs on three hits in relief of Lidge . . . The White Sox had a 9th inning rally of their own against Tigers, theirs coming against Todd Jones. Jones's blown save for Detroit was a result of the two hits and two runs he allowed . . . Not a comeback win for the Rangers, but they scored eight runs in the 9th inning against the A's. Oakland relievers Alan Embree and Andrew Brown combined to allow eight runs on six hits and three walks . . . The Diamondbacks jumped all over Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez, pounding him for six runs on five hits and four walks in 2.2 innings.

Saturday: Mike Hampton made his first appearance in a big league game since 2005 for the Braves. He gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks in the no-decision. Not the worst outing ever, but certainly not where Atlanta thought he'd be when the signed him . . . The Padres offense exploded against the Pirates, jumping on Bucs starter John Van Benschoten for seven runs on six hits and four walks over 1.2 innings . . . Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona was roughed up in his start against the Twins; he lasted just 2.1 innings and allowed nine runs on seven hits and three walks.

Sunday: Staying in Cleveland, Indians reliever Rafael Perez allowed two runs on three hits in the ninth to pick up the loss against Minnesota . . . The Rockies shut out the Reds, 11-0. Cincy pitching took a day off; starter Josh Fogg allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks in 3.2 innings of work, while reliever Jeremy Affeldt allowed three more runs on four hits in the eighth inning.

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