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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"There's something going on out there. I got to find out. It's only out there when we're out there. It's not out there when they're out there."

-- Mets Manager Jerry Manuel on Citi Field's outfield, which continues to host errors, day-in, day-out.

Phillies 13, Nationals 11
One day the Nats can't score, the next they can't stop scoring. Unfortunately, they also couldn't avoid giving up grand slams, with the Phillies knocking two out in a single game, which makes it pretty hard to win, you know? Then again, there's always Joel Hanrahan to put out the fires right? Right? Oh.

Cardinals 3, Braves 2
Joel Pineiro is 4-0? Are we sure? Really? And he beat Jair Jurrjens? Add in just enough offense from the likes of Rick Ankiel and co., and you've got a pretty competitive team. Now, if they can just keep healthy ...

Astros 4, Reds 1
Now, this is the Roy Oswalt we all remember, isn't it? Of course, despite giving up just a single run in seven innings, he didn't earn a win, his second straight non decision against the Reds. That was largely because Johnny Cueto, his Cincinnati counterpart, was equally effective until Hunter Pence found a way to get to the Cincinnati bullpen.

Mets 7, Marlins 1
The Mets desperately needed a win after Sunday's meltdown against the Nats, and six runs in the first inning are a pretty good way to ensure you're going to get one. John Maine tossed a solid start, and thanks to the continued emergence of backup catcher Omir Santos, the Mets are rolling again.

Brewers 10, Pirates 5
It wasn't a blowout at first, but it ended up that way. And that was a perfect way for Trevor Hoffman to enter for a nice easy save. Richie Weeks got the eighth inning deluge started, and by the time it was over, a tight 5-5 game was a 10-5 whitewash. A few outs later, and Hoffman was finally trotting in for the first time this year ... and we all know how that works out (at least most of the time).

Rockies 12, Padres 7
You thought Jacoby Ellsbury had a good series against the Yankees? Check out the line on Colorado's Dexter Fowler, who stole five bases in a single game. In fact, the last time anyone stole that many bases, he was playing for the team Fowler beat -- the Padres -- back in 1999 (Damian Jackson). So, what does stealing five bases do for a guy? Well, for starters, it doubles his season total. It also all but ensures he's going to get another start really soon. Of course, the Rockies needed all those runs against Chris Young, since they gave almost all of them back.

Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 2

Usually, when you give up a leadoff home run, things don't turn out too well. That wasn't the case with Dan Haren, who cruised after Alfonso Soriano took him deep right away. Then again, hitting a two-run double to back yourself never hurts, either.

Giants 5, Dodgers 4
There's nothing like a rivalry to bring out the stars, particularly when one of them lives in his opponent's city and set an all-time home run mark. Still, it was almost fitting that Barry Bonds would witness a surprising Giants comeback, all backing a (gulp) quality start from Barry Zito. Could the lefty curveballer finally be regaining his touch? Too early to tell right? Probably. But a win for his team is a win for his team, and thanks to Bengie Molina, the Giants ended up on the rigth side of the scoreboard.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 28, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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I think Elijah Dukes, Austin Kearns, and the Nationals might disagree with Jerry's quote.

Posted by: ilikeike | April 28, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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