The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"They did a terrific job, all the way from Hayden and (Dan) Meyer and (Kiko) Calero and (Renyel) Pinto. What do they do in hockey? Three stars? Those guys should get four stars."
-- Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez on his four relievers, tapping into the spirit of the onset of this year's NHL playoffs.
Rockies 5, Cubs 2
Jason Marquis got his revenge, lashing out against his the team that offloaded him to save money to the tune of one run and five hits in seven innings, buttressing his pitching effort with a two-run single that put the Rockies up for good. And who did he get the hit off? None other than Rich Harden, the man whose arrival foretold Marquis's offseason exit. If that isn't early season vengeance, well, then there isn't any.
Cardinals 12, Diamondbacks 7
Arizona just can't get the ball rolling. This time Ryan Ludwick was the game changer, extending his hitting streak that has stretched across the end of 2008 and start of 2009 to 19 games. Adding a game to that stretch by hitting a two-run homer and an RBI single isn't a bad way to do it, either. As for the Diamondbacks, Jon Garland was, well, just about awful. Here's his line: Seven runs, seven hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Ouch.
Phillies at Nationals, PPD
By now you know the story with this one: A bad team hosting a champion that is mourning for its play-by-play man. And another day without a game means another day without a win for the Nats. At least now Washington has time to hash out a new lineup.
Astros 4, Pirates 1
That Mike Hampton resurrection is on schedule in Houston. The Astros pitching re-tread went six innings without giving up a run, setting the stage for a big Houston win. And for the second time this season, Pittsburgh No. 4 starter Ross Ohlendorf was the unlucky loser, taking an "L" despite four solid innings after a rough first frame. Third time's a charm, right?
Marlins 10, Braves 4
This is the second night in a row we've said it, but these Marlins are not just going to go away. They've got bats -- see 10 runs scored against the Braves in a Derek Lowe start -- and they've got plenty of young arms. Add a bullpen that manager Fredi Gonzalez actually believes in and you've got a team with tantalizing potential even if it does have a relative lack of depth.
Mets 7, Padres 2
New York wins at Citi Field: 1. And to think, the man responsible for the win is seriously maligned starter Oliver Perez. Six solid innings -- and a Gary Sheffield start -- later, and the Mets were well on their way to a first win in their new home park. All of which seemed strangely appropriate given the celebrations surrounding Jackie Robinson Day in a park which boasts a Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Brewers 9, Reds 3
Mike Cameron: Power hitter. No, really, the Brewers center fielder suddenly channeled his inner Barry Bonds, going deep twice to set the tone for a Milwaukee win over a starter who is, strangely, better known for his hitting. Former Diamondbacks-turned-Reds starter Micah Owings gave up five runs in five innings in his first start for his new team (he couldn't pitch for the Reds after being acquired late in the season last year because of shoulder trouble) and, to add insult to injury, he struck out in both of his at-bats. Not the best night for the youngster.
Dodgers 5, Giants 4
A 5-4 score doesn't look like a brilliant pitching duel, but for seven innings that's what Wednesday's rivalry matchup was. Young Giants starter Matt Cain gave up two runs in six innings, but was still outdone by Clayton Kershaw who went seven innings with only a single run against him and 13 strikeouts to his record. Amazingly, all he got for the effort was a no decision, though manager Joe Torre must be pretty happy with what he saw.
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