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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"It's one of those things where we're snake bitten with the bats, but it's a long season and the bats will start waking up. We're not distressed about it, it's part of the game you go through."

-- Pirates outfielder Nyjer Morgan on his team's sudden lack of offense in their recent losing streak.

Cardinals 6, Nationals 2
Ryan Zimmerman may be hitting as well as nearly anyone in baseball, but Jordan Zimmermann (note the final "n") is human. That much we learned Friday night, when the young would-be ace endured his first big league setback, a 6-2 loss to the Albert Pujols-led Cardinals. Of course, one rough outing isn't souring Washington on Zimmermann's future, which makes sense, given that he is, after all, a rookie. After all, this is baseball, and tomorrow brings another game. Luckily for Zimmermann, next week will bring another start, and another chance to prove he can carry the Nationals' pitching future.

Cubs 8, Marlins 6
Finally, Lou Pinella got some offense from his team. With Rich Harden failing in a day start, a Ryan Theriot grand slam and some help from other friends sent Chicago to a desperately needed win. Of course, things weren't all rosy for the Cubs, with Kevin Gregg giving up another ninth inning run before closing out the Marlins.

Mets 7, Phillies 4
Maybe a tough series with their biggest anticipated rival for the division crown was just what New York needed to get back in gear. The Mets got things started right behind young pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who earned his third win of the young season despite lasting fewer than six innings. And who was the star at the plate, you ask? None other than rookie Daniel Murphy, whose two-run blast in the first inning set the stage for the one-sided win.

Reds 4, Pirates 0
Remember how last week I wondered when the other shoe would drop for the Pirates? Well, evidently it's dropped. After struggling desperately to hit in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh is scuffling against the Reds, shut out by Bronson Arroyo, who improved to 4-1 on the season while Zach Duke fell to 3-2, despite allowing only one run while pitching into the seventh.

Braves 7, Astros 2
It's not every day that you see a team win a game by five runs, despite being outhitting by their opponent (nice catch ilikeike). That's exactly what happened in Atlanta on Friday, with the Braves making the most of hits off former starter Mike Hampton in another set back for Houston. Jeff Francoeur did the most damage for the Braves, knocking out a two-run homer and driving in a third run in the win.

Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 2a>
Now Arizona is hitting a stride. With one of the most talented pitching rotations in baseball, it's no surprise that the Diamondbacks could put up some significant runs over the course of a long season. What is a surprise is that they're suddenly finding ways to rally late for victories, this time
racking up four runs off Carlos Villanueva in the eighth inning. Whether or not that is a precursor to future success in the clutch is anyone's guess, but it can't hurt sparking them to a stronger start, that's for sure.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0
Last night we said that Jonathan Broxton was really good. Well, tonight we'll call it really, really good. The bulky closer kept the Padres scoreless in the top of the ninth, giving his Dodgers just enough time to win the game in the bottom of the frame. How they did it was more striking, with Duaner Sanchez finishing off his self-implosion with a bases-loaded, walk-off walk for the only run of the game. That's not a harbinger of recovery, to say the least.

Giants 3, Rockies 2
Suddenly San Francisco is scrappy? Randy Johnson pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits in a big win for the Giants, who also set up Brian Wilson for his seventh save in seven chances. As for the local angle, Emanuel Burriss had another 0-fer night (he was 0 for 2), dropping his season average to .176. Of course, that won't matter as much if the team keeps winning. Just ask Burriss.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 2, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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"It's not every day that you see a team win a game by five runs, despite outhitting their opponent."

No, I think that's a pretty regular occurrence. Usually when one team wins by five runs, they outhit the opponent.

Posted by: ilikeike | May 2, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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