The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"Bro, no signs -- first-pitch slider, let's go. And he throws a 94-mph fastball."
-- Nationals catcher Jesus Flores describing how closer Joel Hanrahan ignored the conversation the two had with the team's pitching coach before facing the game's final batter.
The Nationals earned their third win of the season and second in a row. As fictional manager Lou Brown once said, "one more and it's a winning streak. It has happened before." Washington wore down Atlanta starter Kenshin Kawakami to chip four runs off of the Japanese pitcher. John Lannan will try to lead the Nats to their first sweep of the season Wednesday.
The Phillies scored four runs in the first inning off of the Brewers Manny Parra and never looked back. Every Philadelphia starter except for catcher Chris Coste scored a run Tuesday night (yes, even the gray-bearded Jamie Moyer scored a run) as Parra fell to 0-3 on the season and sports a robust 8.16 ERA.
Pittsburgh continues its unexpected winning ways as the Pirates had the Marlins back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Though it wasn't a shutout (the Pirates have thrown four this season), Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Karstens kept Florida's bats in check, giving up just one run and three hits over six solid innings. The Pittsburgh offense went to work early, scored one run in each of the game's first three innings.
The fragile Rich Harden tallied his first win of the season for Chicago, going six innings and giving up two runs while striking out eight. 29-year-old rookie Micah Hoffpauir continued to impress as he fills in for the injured Milton Bradley, hitting a home run and a tie-breaking sac fly to help the Cubs get their third straight win.
Houston takes a stand Tuesday by putting an end to Los Angeles' eight-game winning streak. Carlos Lee continues to heat up; hitting a two-run homer and Miguel Tejada added three RBI as the Astros chased young Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw after 4 1/3 innings. Jose Valverde worked a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the year. The loss was Los Angeles' first since a 9-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks back on April 10.
The Mets carried a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning but the team's rebuilt bullpen showed some cracks as the Cardinals rallied for the victory. New York setup man J.J. Putz was charged with the loss after giving up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. While Putz's performance may have led to the final nail in the coffin, most of the damage was done on starter Oliver Perez's watch. Perez gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings of work to leave the game tied.
Todd Helton knuckled up for a two-run homer in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach for Colorado after the Rockies rallied back from a 6-3 deficit. Helton finished 3 for 5 with three runs and three RBI in what would amount to a classic Coors Field game, except for the fact that it was played in Arizona.
Matt Cain got some run support and took care of the rest, scattering nine hits over six innings and giving up two runs to get the win over San Diego ace Jake Peavy. Peavy was charged with six runs and ran into a good deal of trouble in the fourth where he gave up a grand slam to Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria.
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