August 12, 2006


Status quo for wild card race


The Associated Press
Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett turns to apply the tag to put out Colorado Rockies’ Matt Holliday as Holliday tried to score on a double by Ryan Spilborghs in the first inning in Denver on Friday.

By The Associated Press
Cincinnati had a chance to widen its lead in the National League wild-card race and couldn’t do it. Arizona and San Diego each had an opportunity to catch the Reds and fell short.
Aaron Rowand’s RBI single with one out in the 14th inning lifted the surging Philadelphia Phillies over the Reds 6-5 Friday night. Josh Johnson allowed two hits in seven shutout innings to help the Marlins beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 to spoil Livan Hernandez’s first start with Arizona.
At Houston, Andy Pettitte hit his first career homer and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts to lead the Astros over the Padres 4-2.
Cincinnati still leads the wild-card race by a half-game over Arizona and San Diego but Houston moved within 1½ games and Philadelphia is just two back of the Reds.
“We had a ton of chances, but couldn’t get it done,” Cincinnati left fielder Adam Dunn said. “We just wasted opportunities.”
In other NL games, it was: Los Angeles 3, San Francisco 2; Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 1; Washington 2, New York 1; Colorado 10, Chicago 2 and Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1.
Pettitte (11-12) hit a solo homer in the fourth inning off Chan Ho Park (7-7) and allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings to earn his second win in three starts. Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances for the Astros, who are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
At Phoenix, Hernandez (9-9) allowed four runs and 10 hits in a season-high eight innings. He was acquired this week in a trade with Washington to shore up the Diamondbacks’ shaky rotation.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double in the seventh for the Marlins.
“I felt good,” Hernandez said. “I made a mistake with Cabrera. I tried to throw the fastball up and he jumped at it. That was the ballgame right there. I think that was the only mistake I made.”
Johnson (10-6) struck out six and walked three to become the fourth Florida rookie, and second this year, to win at least 10 games in a season.
Aaron Fultz (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win in Philadelphia and Elizardo Ramirez (4-9) allowed Rowand’s hit to get the loss.
Dodgers 3, Giants 2: Julio Lugo hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth, and the Dodgers beat the_Giants for their 13th victory in_14 games.
Jeff Kent hit a solo homer to help the NL West-leading Dodgers move 1½ games ahead of San Diego and Arizona, tied for second. Houston beat the Padres 4-2, and Florida defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1.
Barry Bonds went 1-for-1, walked three times and singled home the visiting Giants’ second run.
Brett Tomko (8-6) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Dodgers, and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his second save in four chances.
Mike Stanton (3-6) got the loss for San Francisco, which has lost three straight and 14 of 17.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 1: Zach Duke struck out seven in his second complete game of the season, Nate McLouth drove in three runs with a home run and triple, and the Pirates snapped their five-game losing streak.
Duke (8-10), winless in three starts since July 19, outpitched Jeff Suppan (9-7), who had won three of four with a 1.95 ERA since the All-Star break. Duke allowed eight hits and didn’t walk a batter.
The Cardinals dropped their third in five games on their current road trip and their 11th in their last 15.
Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 with two doubles to raise his average to .571 (12-of-21) with nine extra-base hits against the Pirates this season.
Nationals 2, Mets 1: Billy Traber outdueled Tom Glavine and Brian Schneider hit a two-run double for host Washington.
Traber (2-1) pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run and four hits with no walks, to earn his eighth career major league win. That’s 279 fewer than Glavine (12-5), who was almost as good: He allowed Schneider’s two-run double in the second, and that was pretty much it.
Paul Lo Duca homered in the first inning for the Mets, who had won five straight games.
Chad Cordero pitched the ninth for his 21st save.
Rockies 10, Cubs 2: Garrett Atkins hit a three-run homer and Ryan Spilborghs had three RBIs in his return to the majors for host Colorado.
The Rockies had scored three runs or fewer in six straight games to match a team record and hadn’t helped Aaron Cook (8-10) much all season, giving him 4.07 runs per nine innings — sixth worst in the majors.
Choo Freeman and pinch-hitter Jason Smith also homered for the Rockies, who finished with 12 hits. Spilborghs finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles after being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Rich Hill (2-5) lasted 4 2-3 innings for the visiting Cubs. He gave up six runs and six hits.
Braves 2, Brewers 1: John Smoltz pitched a five-hitter and got the win when Jeff Francoeur hit an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Braves.



Rally revives Palm Gardens

Joe Peterson’s game-winning hit capped a three-run seventh inning rally as Palm Gardens stayed alive in Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League second-round action Friday. Palms Gardens nipped King Sub 15-14 to even their best-of-three American Division series at one game apiece.
In other American Division playoff action, Klever Lawns-N-Landscapes swept American Taxi, two games to none, with a 27-1 victory while Friends rolled past Penny’s One Cent 20-7 to complete a two-game sweep. NAPA also completed a two-game sweep of the Tavern with a 12-9 win.
In the National Division, Red Dragon and Farrell’s completed 2-0 sweeps in their second-round series. Red Dragon pounded Time Warner Cable 19-4 while Farrell’s dumped Paddy’s Pub 14-4. Gators took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series with an 11-6 win over Bad Beagle B.


Palm Gardens 15, King Sub 14: In a wild game, King Sub rallied from a 9-7 deficit with the help of a six-run burst in the top of the fifth inning and added a run in the sixth for a 14-10 lead. Palm Gardens scored twice in the bottom of the sixth before plating three runs in the seventh. Peterson (3-for-5, home run) drove in Greg Ruocco (3-for-5, double) for the winning run. Jeremy Kinsman (double), Andrew Jordan (triple) and Tim Ecker (home run) each added three hits to the winning attack.
Dan Warner and Vince Byrne were each 4-for-4 for King Sub while Andy Warholic went 3-for-4.
Klever Lawns 27, American Taxi 1: Bill Harvey was 5-for-5 with a double as Klever Lawns scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Matt Price, Kyle Rogers, Vince Rovinski and Mitch Bush (triple) each added 4-for-5 efforts.
Ryan Eddy was 2-for-2 for American Taxi while Jeremy Baker borke up the shutout with a fifth-inning homer.
Friends 20, Penny’s One Cent 7: Friends scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take an 8-7 lead and added two more runs in the sixth before blowing the game open with a 10-run seventh inning. One Cent scored all seven runs in the bottom of third to overcome a 6-0 deficit.
Rob Diaz was 4-for-5 with two doubles for Friends while Tim Robison added a triple and home run to the mix.
Randy Arnold was 2-for-3 with two doubles to lead Penny’s.
NAPA 12, Tavern 9: NAPA scored three big insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Tavern rallied three times in the bottom of the inning, but the rally came up short.
Brian Dyer was 4-for-4 with a triple to pace the NAPA attack. Greg Zacek (two doubles) and Dan Jampole (three doubles) each went 3-for-4.
Brian Withey (double, home run) and Jason Newcomb (double) each went 3-for-4 for Tavern.


Red Dragon 19, Time Warner Cable 4: Red Dragon scored 15 runs during the first three innings while holding Time Warner to two runs to take command of their second-round series. Mike Hammond led the Dragonmen went 4-for-4 with four runs scored. Dick Arnold added a 3-for-5 effort with two doubles, one home run and five RBIs while Jim Beattie was 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and five RBIs.
John Burns and Calvin Taylor each went 2-for-3 for Time Warner.
Farrell’s 14, Paddy’s Pub 4: After rallying for a 10-6 win Thursday night, Farrell’s completed its two-game sweep of Paddy’s Pub by scoring six runs in the top of the first inning and rolling to victory. Timmy Bauman smacked a two-run homer during the opening inning. “Mayor” Jim Hogan went 4-for-4 with a double while “Cheese” Stevens added a 3-for-5 effort with two two-baggers. Cody Potter added his 3-for-4 bat.
Chuck Benjamin, Steve Everle, Mike Kohne and Sam Guilini each went 2-for-3 for Paddy’s Pub.
Gators 11, Bad Beagle B: Gators broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the third inning and never trailed during this playoff win. Jeff Flegler and Sean Babcock each went 3-for-4 for Gators while Eric McLaughlin and Tom Cullip each homered.
Bear Marshall and Doty Willis were each 2-for-3 for Bad Beagle B.