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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"You can't walk people in front of Pujols. You might be able to do that in Modesto, but over here, I would suggest not. He hit that ball, I'll tell you."

-- Cubs manager Lou Pinella, on the travails of putting men on base in front of Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

Mets 8, Nationals 2
Another day, another embarrassment to the concept of competitive professional baseball in the district. If Elijah Dukes makes any more odious errors, he might find himself hitting behind Lastings Milledge in AAA Syracuse. Maybe between the two of them they could hit .300. Maybe. At least the Nats know that Nick Johnson is on the case.

Braves 10, Reds 2
Note to pitchers: Do NOT piss off Yunel Escobar. The results may cost you a game, particuilarly if a relatively Derek Lowe is pitching from the opposite bullpen. Of course, having a perennial All-Star who hits nearly .500 against Bronson Arroyo never hurts, either.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 2
So much for Chicago running away with the NL Central. Albert Pujols will make sure that doesn't happen all by himself, particularly if he keeps getting chances to bat with runners on base. His grand slam pushed him past 1,000 RBI, which was made a lot easier by the match up he was given with a pitcher from Modesto, as Pinella alluded to above.

Brewers 9, Astros 8
Just because the Brewers don't have the pitching staff of their Wild Card winning club doesn't mean they've lost all the magic. After all, they still have Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, and as long as those two are delivering crushing homers, they've got a shot. Of course, getting to bat against Geoff Geary in extra innings can't hurt, either.

Phillies 6, Marlins 4
Who would have thought Chan Ho Park would be one of Philadelphia's most competitive starting pitchers? Brought in as an expected long reliever in the offseason, Park won the fifth starter's job, and now is flourishing in his role. Despite a 0-0 record, he pitched again in a Phillies win, and this time he even added his first homer since 2000. All in a day's work.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 5
Ever heard of a four-inning save? Well, the Dodgers got one last night from reliever Ramon Troncoso, who earned his first major league save by allowing just one hit in four innings after entering for L.A. starter James McDonald, who earned his first major league win in the process, too. Hey, who needs veterans when you've got prospects like these, right?

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3
OK, so maybe the Max Scherzer revolution isn't going quite as quickly as we'd planned. That still doesn't mean he won't be a star soon, particularly given the kind of performance he delivered in his first four innings last night. Unfortunately, he gave up four runs in the fifth, which shows that he still needs to add a good deal of endurance. Maybe he can take a cue from the guy who got a win for the Giants last night. After all, the way he's going, Randy Johnson will be chalking up plenty more this season.

Pirates 10, Padres 1
See? This is what happens when you dare beat the Pirates! They turn around and smack you in the face the next day, even when Ryan Doumit is out. Of course, as dominant as Zach Duke was, former National Shawn Hill was equally woeful, which makes the team's decision to drop him seem almost insightful. Now, that truly might be a first (OK, that's a bit harsh, but you tell us whether it's harsh to the Nats or Hill).

By Cameron Smith  |  April 26, 2009; 7:52 AM ET
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Come on now. This post is just sloppy.

Posted by: ilikeike | April 27, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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