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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"I'll be fast. Hitting? Gallardo. Pitching? Gallardo. Any questions?"

-- Brewers manager Ken Macha on young ace Yovani Gallardo's supremo performance

Nationals 4, Phillies 1

And to think, if Washington had held on to a monstrous lead in the first game of the series, they would have taken two from Philadelphia on the road! To get the kind of outing Scott Olsen put out is enormously encouraging, as is having Julian Tavarez close it, considering the fact that Tavarez was still starting games less than two years ago. And now, more good news: There's relief help on the way. Boy, when it rains it pours sometimes, huh?

Brewers 1, Pirates 0
Anyone have Yovani Gallardo as the NL Cy Young winner in our preseason prediction contest? If so, you're about halfway to a point, amigo (or amiga, for that matter). He was dominant again -- and provided the game's only run on a solo homer -- to improve to 3-1, making a hard-luck loser out of Ian Snell ... again. Offense? Yovani don't need no stinking offense!

Marlins 4, Mets 3
So much for New York's invincible bullpen. J.J. Putz took his second loss of the still young season when he allowed an eighth inning Jorge Cantu homer after Cody Ross had started with a single, blowing a Johan Santana start for the reeling Mets. Perhaps the relief problems have more to do with pitching in New York than in the players themselves? It's the kind of thing you have to wonder about when an arm like Putz suddenly becomes quite fallible.

Rockies 7, Padres 5
Aaron Cook looked an awful lot like his dominant self for the Rockies. Unfortunately, the team's bullpen looked an awful lot like its shaky distant past, which nearly allowed San Diego to steal a win in Colorado. In the end, that wasn't the case because of an impressive fireman's job by Huston Street, who earned his second save by putting down the Padres after the Rockies sat through more struggles from reliever Matt Belisle.

Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 0
Does anyone have a good feel for the Cubs so far? A team with more talent than almost any others in the big leagues, the Cubs have played with heavy tinges of schizophrenia, getting dominant starting pitching one day and none the next. The bigger concern from this 10-0 rout may be the performance of Ryan Dempster, whose ERA jumped to 5.40 after he gave up five runs and six hits in six innings. Considering the fact that he's coming off a monster contract extension, that can't be comforting to Chicago fans.

Cardinals 5, Braves 3
Every year, one team seems to emerge based on its knack for winning tight games, keeping it in the playoff race and often propelling it into the postseason itself. Yes, it's early, but St. Louis certainly feels like one of those teams. Taking full advantage of Chicago's early season scuffles, the Cardinals tacked on another win yesterday, using another strong start from Adam Wainwright and six seeing-eye singles in the fifth to pull away from the Braves. As for Atlanta, while the team keeps getting quality outings from Javier Vazquez, he can't seem to get wins for them. It'll be interesting to see if that affects the confidence of a notoriously mercurial pitcher down the stretch.

Reds 3, Astros 0
Well, Cecil Cooper is bound to be mad again. Astros starter Felipe Paulino struggled with precisely the guys he isn't supposed to struggle with -- the woeful bottom of Cincinnati's order -- in Houston's first loss at Great American Ball Park in 12 games. Edinson Volquez pitched eight strong innings for the win, and Francisco Cordero reprised his high wire walking act for a seventh save.

Giants 9, Dodgers 4
Wouldn't you think San Francisco would want to save some of its 15 hits for a night when Tim Lincecum isn't pitching? Instead, the NL Cy Young winner got more support than he ever could should need, pitching powerfully into the eighth inning while his team put up seven runs behind him. One of the main men involved in the outburst was the district's own Emmanuel Burriss, who had a 2 for 4 game. Hey, you've got to start climbing up from a .182 average somewhere, right?

By Cameron Smith  |  April 30, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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"...(or amiga, for that matter)."


Thanks. ;)

Posted by: NatsNut | April 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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