Nocturnal Omissions: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"This is one of those games you have one or two of a year. Tonight was one of those miserable games where if it ended on a positive note, it would have been worth it. But it didn't."
-- Nationals slugger Adam Dunn on Washington's 10th-inning loss to the Braves, showing that he clearly hasn't been in D.C. long enough to realize this happens far more than once a year to the Nats.
Braves 6, Nationals 5
If you stayed up long enough to watch the whole thing, congratulations. You deserve more than a cookie, particularly because of the way the game finished. Still, taking the loss with Joe Beimel on the mound has to be frustrating for the Nats. After all, he's supposed to be the (relatively) slightly high priced addition to the team's bullpen. Perhaps Ron Villone will be another new addition out there soon?
Brewers 4, Cubs 3
You can officially start the clock until Mount Pinella erupts and makes the switch from Kevin Gregg as the team's closer. In fact, in the wake of a ninth inning collapse, something tells us Carlos Marmol may actually be warming up right about ... now.
Rockies 10, Phillies 3
So much for the renewed Phillies. Philadelphia stumbled through another loss on Friday, this one coming in Colorado's home opener, at the expense of NLCS and World Series MVP Cole Hamels. He may only have "mild elbow inflammation", but Hamels was rocked in every possible way, both by his lack of command and inability to power past Rockies hitters. That can't be reassuring news for Phillies fans.
Marlins 5, Mets 4
Evidently Florida really is for real. After sweeping aside the lowly Nats, the Marlins pushed past New York's vaunted bullpen in the ninth, taking advantage of 14 stranded runners by the Mets to stay undefeated.
Cardinals 5, Astros 3
At one time, St. Louis was scrambling to find a way to keep both Ryan Ludwick and Skip Schumaker in the lineup. Now that they've figured out how to make the duo work in the field, we can see why they were so desperate to keep both of them, with Ludwick homering and driving in two runs and Schumaker drilling three hits. Ludwick's hitting streak is now up to 15 games, dating back to the final 11 games of 2008.
Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 4
Lost behind stars Brandon Webb and Dan Haren in Arizona's rotation, Jon Garland continues to produce quality outings. The latest proof came in his first start of '09, throwing seven strong innings and setting the stage for Chris Young to steal the show by going 3-for-3 with a homer.
Padres 7, Giants 3
If you thought the long rain delay in Atlanta was surprising given how early in the season it happened (you just need some time to get geared up for those games, don't you?), just imagine how surprised Padres fans were to sit through one in, well, San Diego! That still didn't stop the Padres from topping San Francisco to get above .500, cruising behind, you guessed it, former Nationals starter Shawn Hill. How good was Hill? Five innings, seven hits, two earned runs. That would probably look pretty good in the Nationals rotation, wouldn't it?
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