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Nocturnal Omissions: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"That's the first one I've seen in person. There was one when I was with the Dodgers, but I was in the bathroom. I came out and asked what happened, and they told me there was a triple play."

-- Reds Manager Dusty Baker on seeing the Pirates turn a double play on the Reds in the eighth inning.

Braves 8, Nationals 5
Six games, six losses, and the photo right here says it all, doesn't it? The Nats will return home to Nationals Park for the first time this afternoon, and they haven't even sold out the stadium yet. Oh, and if there was any other need for concern, there's this: Season tickets are down, too.

Reds 2, Pirates 0
A triple play, a complete game for a pitcher in only his second start, yup, this game had just about everything. And when the final score is 2-0, that's saying something. Ian Snell became Pittsburgh's second hard loser of the week, but he'll surely be encouraged by the progress in his second outing.

Marlins 2, Mets 1
Yes it's early, but the Marlins are making a statement. They won another close game against a divisional rival they'll have to get past later this season in the clutch. And anytime you can beat Johan Santana when your starting pitcher is Josh Johnson, that's an outcome you'll take.

Cardinals 3, Astros 0
Another game, another strong pitching performance from a Cardinals starter. This time, it was Kyle Lohse, who was all but relegated to the scrap heap not too long ago. Is St. Louis still patching things together? Maybe. But they were in 2006 to some degree, too, and we all remember how that turned out.

Phillies 7, Rockies 5
Let's see, this Chan Ho Park experiment may not be going quite the way Philadelphia had planned. Oh well, no matter when you can crank out seven runs anyway. And just think, that's against the Rockies. What will the Phillies do at Nationals Park this week?

Padres 6, Giants 1
This is not the way Tim Lincecum wanted to start the season. When you look at his delivery, it looks like he's missing locations by inches by releasing moments early, but that's been enough to shoot him out to a rocky early ERA. That's not the case for Chris Young, whose surprising Padres are in first place in the NL West. Didn't see that coming.

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1
Dan Haren is your early clubhouse leader for bad beats due to a complete lack of run support. Arizona's other ace gave up just two runs ... again, but still took a loss because L.A.'s Randy Wolf was even better. With Brandon Webb now headed to the 15-day DL, that's only going to make backing up Haren's strong starts that much more important for Arizona, particularly when they come against the Diamondbacks' primary divisional rivals.

Cubs 8, Brewers 5
So, Kevin Gregg is still the closer, for at least a couple more days. Though his ninth inning on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball can't calm too many Chicago nerves. If Cubs fans thought Kerry Wood at the back end was stressful, this year could officially kill off a few more unfortunate midwesterners with high blood pressure.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 13, 2009; 9:14 AM ET
 
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