Weekend full thanks to Ike
6 games postponed; doubleheaders set
Storm systems throughout the country wreaked havoc on the baseball schedule, postponing six games last night and creating a weekend full of doubleheaders.
Hurricane Ike, a colossal storm nearly as big as Texas itself, began battering the Gulf Coast on yesterday, a day after officials postponed the first two games of the weekend series in Houston between the Astros and Cubs.
Meanwhile, rainy weather throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic led to the postponement of games all the way from Baltimore to New York. Another storm wiped out the White Sox-Tigers game in Chicago. A doubleheader is on tap today.
It was the most major league postponements in one day since six games were wiped out April 15, 2007. Prior to that, there hadn't been that many since April 12, 1997, when eight games were postponed, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
It also set up an unusually full slate of games today. If the schedule holds, there will be 12 games in the American League for the first time since Aug. 8, 1985, and 20 games in the majors for the first time since Aug. 4, 1974, according to Elias.
Baseball officials were anticipating tomorrow's series finale in Houston also might be postponed. One of the scenarios under consideration was to play a doubleheader Monday, and make up the third game Sept. 29 if it's needed to decide a playoff berth. The Cubs and Astros have no common off days after Monday.
In New York, both the Mets-Braves and Yankees-Rays were postponed, setting up two doubleheaders today.
In Philadelphia, steady rain forced the postponement of a key matchup between the NL wild card-leading Milwaukee Brewers and the Phillies.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow.
In Baltimore, the Orioles-Twins game was called after a delay of nearly two hours. They scheduled a doubleheader for today.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 2 - James Loney drove in three runs, Chad Billingsley pitched six solid innings, and surging Los Angeles beat Colorado in Denver.
Billingsley (15-10) gave up two runs and six hits for the Dodgers, who have won three straight and 11 of 12.
Loney, Manny Ramírez, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Angel Berroa had two hits each for the Dodgers.
Matt Holliday homered for the defending NL champion Rockies, who have lost six straight and are 9 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West with 14 games remaining.
Diamondbacks 3, Reds 2 - Brandon Webb tossed eight shutout innings to become the NL's first 20-game winner, and host Arizona ended a six-game losing streak.
Webb (20-7) outpitched Aaron Harang (4-16) to earn his first victory since Aug. 21, giving the slumping Diamondbacks a sorely needed lift. Arizona remained 3 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers.
Rangers 7, Athletics 0 - Matt Harrison (8-3) pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout for visiting Texas.
Angels 5, Mariners 3 - Mike Napoli's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth gave host Los Angeles the victory.
Giants 5, Padres 2 - Jake Peavy had a rare poor start at home and San Francisco took advantage, getting a go-ahead home run from rookie Travis Ishikawa for a victory in San Diego.
Peavy (9-11) gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits in eight innings. It was the first time in 14 home starts that Peavy has surrendered more than three earned runs.
Marlins 2, Nationals 1 - Scott Olsen (7-10) got his first win in 10 starts for host Florida.
Pirates 10, Cardinals 2 - Nate McLouth homered and had a career-high five RBIs to lead host Pittsburgh.
The White Sox won a coin flip with the Twins and would host Minnesota if the teams need to play a tiebreaker for the AL Central title.
The White Sox led Minnesota by one game, the tightest race in the majors.
Major League Baseball held coin flips for teams that began the day within 5 1/2 games of a playoff spot.
In the NL, Philadelphia would host the Mets for the East title, Los Angeles would host Arizona for the West crown, and Milwaukee would host the Cubs in the Central.
If two teams from the same division finish in a tie, and both are guaranteed a playoff spot, they do not play. Instead, their head-to-head record determines which club is the division champion and which one is the wild card. The second tiebreaker is the best divisional record.
In flips for the NL wild-card tiebreaker: Philadelphia would host Milwaukee; Houston would host Milwaukee; Philadelphia would host either Houston or St. Louis; St. Louis would host either Milwaukee or Houston.