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Nocturnal Omissions: NL

NL Quote of the Night

"I was feeling good. All of my pitches were working. The problem today was they took a chance on the base hits and the home run."
-- Mets starter Oliver Perez, who allowed eight runs in just 4 1/3 innings in his first start since signing a 3-year, $36 million contract with New York in the offseason.

Reds 8, Mets 6
Bronson Arroyo wasn't particularly strong, but he was a heck of a lot better than Oliver Perez, who took yet another step toward shattering the land-speed record for making a team regret giving a pitcher a massive contract. Joey Votto also knocked out his second homer of the season, finishing the three-game series against the Mets with 7 RBI. Not a bad start, eh?

Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
This one was all about Chris Carpenter. Evidently, the former Cardinals ace is, well, the Cardinals ace again. He had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning, despite yielding an unearned run in the third. Amazingly, Pittsburgh starter Ross Ohlendorf was almost as good, but it's hard to top this Carpenter line: 7 innings, 92 pitches, 1 hit. That's pretty stinking good.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3
If the Padres aren't going to compete this year, someone forgot to tell the Padres. San Diego battled back with three runs in the eighth inning, then scratched and clawed to get Heath Bell just enough support to escape with a second save in the ninth. For their part, the Pads are claiming they're not just going away, either. "We know what we're doing," said first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. "We're not intimidated by anybody and we really feel like we can compete in this division and we know we can win here. Nobody's surprised that we won today."

Giants 7, Brewers 1
Yes, the Giants won another game, and the series, against the Brewers. But everything else in this game was completely overshadowed by a scary moment for rookie reliever Joe Martinez, who was drilled in the temple by a line drive from Mike Cameron, left bloodied and bruised and eventually underwent a CT scan. There's no new reports on Martinez yet. The good news for San Francisco came in the performance by starter Matt Cain, who allowed only one run and four hits in seven innings.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 10, 2009; 8:34 AM ET
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According to Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle, Martinez is doing ok. He has a concussion and is still under observation at the hospital. No broken bones and he was able to talk to his parents yesterday (who watched the game on television).

Posted by: noahthek | April 10, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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