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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"What am I supposed to do? I can start changing lineups around and let my bench play. I can do that."

-- Cubs Manager Lou Pinella on his team's ongoing struggles, to which more than one writer responded in verse "What bench?"

Cardinals 9, Nationals 4

You know how they say that speed kills to try and convince kids not to drive too fast? Well, Manny Acta really needs to start telling his pitchers that walks kill, because, last night, they did. In fact, by night's end, 11 walks added up to five runs in the ninth, many of which were pushed along by the walks and hit batters. Chico called it a "3-hour, 18-minute insult to accuracy," and, well, that's pretty hard to argue with, isn't it? Maybe Joe Beimel can help with that?

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1
Evidently the Brewers are pretty good. A day after Yovani Gallardo put himself in the shop window for a conversation about "who is the NL's best pitcher?", the Brewers put themselves in the conversation about "who is the NL Central's best team?" You could make a pretty compelling case for Milwaukee based on tenacity, after it ruined a masterful start by young Max Scherzerer. Jeff Suppan wasn't quite as dazzling, but he was equally effective over 6 1/3 innings, then gave way to the Brewers' bullpen, which proved to be the difference. It's amazing how some things can stay the same, no matter how much they change, isn't it?

Marlins 8, Cubs 2
New team, same results. Just as Aaron Heilman blew more as many leads as he earned holds in New York, he hit the same skidmarks in Chicago. After the teams finished tied through nine frames, Florida drilled Heilman in the 10th, racking up five earned runs, and six in total. If you thought that hurt, just look at Chicago's injured list: the Cubs' only substitutes are outfielders Micah Hoffpauir, whom Piniella doesn't want to start because of defense, and Joey Gathright, who hasn't hit for power since, well, ever.

Dodgers 8, Padres 5

A couple things are becoming clear about this year's incarnation of the Dodgers: They're really good at home (they haven't lost yet) and closer Jonathan Broxton is pretty darn good. The big finisher earned his seventh save among eight shots, and Mark Loretta came through with his seventh pinch hit of the season, good enough to earn a heck of a lot of early trust from Mananger Joe Torre.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 1, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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