Recapping the events of April 15:
Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who lost his eye when hit by a foul ball during Spring Training, returned to the dugout for the first time since the incident (link).
Marlins third baseman Donnie Murphy suffered a knee contusion and left Friday's game (link). He fouled a pitch off his knee and had to leave in the middle of his at bat. Wes Helms finished it and struck out, so the strikeout goes to Murphy. Tough luck.
Mets starter Chris Young may have his Sunday start scratched (link). Young still has soreness in his biceps, and with the added innings the bullpen is expected to throw Saturday, it may be wiser to have a starter from AAA come up and go six innings.
The Mets are hoping either Daniel Murphy or Brad Emaus emerges as the starting second baseman (link).
Phillies starter Roy Oswalt is expected to make his next start (link). Oswalt left Friday's game with back spasms/strain, but it isn't considered serious.
Oswalt may not retire at the end of the season after all (link). Of course, you never know these things, but a strong and healthy season could keep him around longer.
The Mets are hoping Carlos Beltran has a strong first half in order to for him to be tradeable at the deadline (same link).
Marlins 4, Phillies 3
(FLA) Javier Vazquez: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, K
(PHI) Roy Oswalt: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
- The Marlins moved to 8-5 while the Phillies dropped to 9-4.
- Javier Vazquez struggled with control but limited the damage with three runs. His fastball topped out at 87 MPH, and his punch out ability just wasn't there.
- Logan Morrison hit a solo homer for his fourth on the season.
Nationals 4, Brewers 3
(WAS) Tom Gorzelanny: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
(WAS) Wilson Ramos: 2-3, BB
(MIL) Rickie Weeks: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
- The Nationals moved to 6-7 while the Brewers dropped to 7-6.
- The Nationals won in an unusual fashion. An error put a runner on second, a stolen base moved him to third and he scored on a fielder's choice due to beating out the throw at home.