With Kendrick Lamar's "Duckworth" blaring through the clubhouse speakers, a spirited Phillies team fresh off a six-game winning streak packed its bags for a daunting road trip. The Phils, 11-9 after Thursday's 3-2 win over the Marlins (see Instant Replay), begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium Friday night before heading to Wrigley Field for four games with the reigning champion Cubs. After that, they play six of their next eight games against the Nationals, who have the best record in baseball and the top three RBI leaders in the majors so far this season. On the one hand, you want to face these teams when you're hot. On the other hand, we saw what happened late last May when the Phils
On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado‘s head. It was revenge for a slide of Machado’s which ended up injuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Barnes was suspended four games. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said that if he were in Barnes’ shoes, he would have also thrown at Machado, although not necessarily at his head. Via ESPN’s Scott Lauber: If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him. The only thing I would’ve done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower. Martinez added that Machado “did not intend to hurt Pedroia. And I know that because I know Machado.”
Washingtons Nationals are back home in the nations capital tonight after a 9-1 road trip through Atlanta, New York and Colorado. Ryan Zimmerman sat out of the series finale in Coors Field, but the 32-year-old first baseman talked about Washingtons success on the ten-game road trip after he put together a 3 for 5 night in the Nationals 11-4 win over the Colorado Rockies in the third game of four. In nine games and eight starts on the trip, Zimmerman was 15 for 33 (.455/.514/1.000) with three doubles, five home runs and 15 runs driven in.