Yesterday's contest between the Braves and Diamondbacks appeared to be another effort of frustration for Shelby Miller. Miller took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and exited shortly after giving up his first hit of the game. The Diamondbacks scored almost immediately afterward, which meant that this was yet another game where Miller finished without getting a win to his name. This is black magic at this point, folks. Anyways, all was not lost, as Cameron Maybin saved the day in the bottom of the 10th by hitting a walk-off solo homer. Baseball can be fun sometimes, y'all!
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Meanwhile, the same Cameron Maybin will be making his first appearance at Petco Park since being moved in the Opening Week deal that sent Craig Kimbrel and B.J. Upton to San Diego. Although Maybin's leveled off since his amazing start to the season, I'm sure that most Padres fans have to be wondering if this is the same guy who struggled and was injured over the past two seasons.
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A familiar face made his return to the Braves' bullpen on Sunday afternoon: Everybody's favorite Australian reliever, Peter Moylan! Moylan entered Sunday's game in the eighth inning, marking the end of a long and improbable road back to the Majors and it also marked his first appearance for the Braves since 2012. He pitched a clean inning; Just like the good ol' days, right?
Let's just say it: Madison Bumgarner single-handedly laid the smackdown on the Washington Nationals yesterday. He struck out a career-high of fourteen batters and pitched a complete game shutout for the Giants as they won 5-0. Two of those five runs came off of the bat of Bumgarner himself. The Giants' ace hit a double in the fourth inning to make it 4-0, then he hit a dinger in the seventh to make it 5-0.
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Meanwhile, it's time to welcome our friends from Washington to the "Under .500 Club." There's plenty of room here, and we're a welcoming bunch of fans.
The Nats weren't the only NL East front-runners to have a bad weekend. The NL East-leading New York Mets had themselves a rough weekend as well, as they ended up getting swept in Pittsburgh by the Pirates. The final game of the series ended 8-1, after a pitching duel between Jeff Locke and Matt Harvey evolved into the Pirates beating up on the Mets' bullpen following a rain delay. Despite the bad weekend, the Mets are still four-and-a-half games ahead of the Nats in the NL East. This division is hilarious.