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Nocturnal Omissions: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"I just want to be able to make a mistake and get away with one. That's it, just one, and I'll feel a lot better about it. Right now it's not happening. We won, that's all that matters. I felt good. Same thing with the Braves game, make a couple of mistakes and they're hitting them. Nothing really you can do about it, except don't make mistakes, but that's going to happen over the course of a game."

-- Phillies pitcher Brett Myers, who gave up three home runs for the second straight game.



Braves 5, Nationals 3

Five games, five relatively dispiriting losses. In fact, John Lannan's outing Saturday night was about the closest thing the Nats have had to a positive start this season. Put it all together, and suddenly Washington has -- at perhaps the earliest point of the season -- a must-win game on Sunday.

Pirates 10, Reds 2
Whoa! Someone break up the Pirates already! A Ryan Doumit grand slam made this outcome nearly an afterthought, while the Reds were left frustrated by another outing from one of its young starters, with Johnny Cueto giving up five extra base hits in just six innings.

Cardinals 11, Astros 2
A grand slam. A three-run homer. That's seven RBI in one game for Albert Pujols, who just keeps delivering whenever anyone makes the mistake of giving him anything to hit. This time, it was Roy Oswalt's bad. Needless to say, he'll probably take note of the results.

Mets 8, Marlins 4
Not even Florida could win forever. It turns out all it took was a start from Livan Hernandez, who Buster Olney dubbed "potentially the steal of the offseason" on last night's Baseball Tonight on ESPN. He will be if he keeps going six innings before letting in any runs.

Cubs 6, Brewers 5
Officially, Kevin Gregg is still the Cubs' closer. We figure that will last about no more days, particularly after Carlos Marmol did Saturday what Gregg couldn't do on Friday, shutting down Milwaukee in the ninth after the Cubs stole the lead on an Alfonso Soriano homer in the top of the ninth. Lou Pinella is a man of action, and making Marmol the closer seems like a no-brainer of an action right about now.

Phillies 8, Rockies 4
Evidently, Brett Myers wants to call his first start a mulligan. Sure, he gave up three homers to the Rockies, but hey, it's Colorado. Equally important was Myers' command, and he knows that right now teams are making the most of every little mistake he has. He sounds confident that will change, and the Phillies have to hope it does, or else they're in for a long season.

Dodgers 11, Diamondbacks 2
Missing Brandon Webb didn't help Arizona's fortunes, with Yusmiero Petit trying to fill in for the injured starter with some early success, then a major meltdown. And who beat Petit in the other dugout? None other than L.A.'s Eric Stults, who was filling in himself for injured Dodgers starter Hideki Kuroda.

Padres 6, Giants 3
Jake Peavy's second start was a lot more encouraging than the first, striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings to pave the way to a 6-3 win over San Francisco. That was bad news for Jonathan Sanchez, who took the loss for the Giants.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 12, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
 
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