The Craydawgs are hanging on to just a 0.5 point lead (70.5 to 70) over the Barracudas after the SeaWolves notched three wins last night to tie the Dawgs in that category.
The Dawgs hit .294 (10-for-34) with homers from Vlad Guerrero (25), Derrek Lee (20) and Hank Blalock (4). Blalock acquitted himself well in replacing a habitually dinged-up Chipper Jones, going 3-for-5 on the night.
The Cudas hit just .185 (5-for-27) with one RBI. Grady Sizemore posted an 0-for-5. The Cudas are in danger of losing a point in Batting Average to The Pack Is Back (-.0003), which hit .286 on the day. J.J. Putz picked up two Ks to put the Cudas within two of the Craydawgs for the lead in that category (1297 to 1295).
The Dawgs send Randy Johnson, James Shields, and Johan Santana to the mound today, and the Cudas counter with Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels.
In a blow to the Dawgs, Jake Peavy will make just one more start this season due to the time he missed to be with his wife and newborn. He had been scheduled for two starts. Dawgs ownership likely will have some choice words for Peavy about his level of commitment to the Dawgs. Also, the BEML suspended Dawgs catcher V-Mart for three games for tussling with erstwhile Craydawg and current AMHer Gary Sheffield last week. Chris Snyder will take Martinez’ place in the lineup for now. This development does not help the Dawgs’ chances to catch the Dirty Dogs in Batting Average.