The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I was getting ground balls, but they weren't going to anybody."
-- Atlanta starter Jo-Jo Reyes searches for the epistomological origins of base hits, particularly those against him.
Nationals vs. Cardinals -- PPD
By now, you know the rainy, rainy drill. In case you've forgotten, let Chico fill you in. And in the meantime, check out what Lastings Milledge is doing up in Syracuse.
Astros 7, Braves 5
The Astros relievers were great, and their lineup wasn't too shabby, either. The final result was a second straight win in Atlanta, a road winning streak that might be more significant than you think. In fact, it's probably just as significant as LaTroy Hawkins's third save. If he keeps converting them, the Astros will surely avoid one huge trouble spot.
Reds 5, Pirates 0
So much for the Pittsburgh offensive renaissance. Maybe they just like hitting for Ross Ohlendorf? Or maybe Johnny Cueto is just really, really good. His ungodly 1.65 ERA is testament to the fact that he may be getting beyond the hiccups of inconsistency he suffered last year to focus on just the dominant brilliance. Anyone wanna try and hit that curve ball? Go ahead, give it a shot.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 3
Someone go wake up Cecil Fielder, his son is starting to look a lot like him. Prince Fielder blasted one homer off of Yusmiero Petit, and then Mike Cameron followed that up with a blast of his own to help Milwaukee build a cushion ... which they later gave up. Luckily for Brewers starter Dave Bush, his offense bounced back in the eighth to close out another win.
Mets vs. Phillies -- PPD
The Mets' game against Philadelphia was postponed, but Oliver Perez's future in the team's starting rotation wasn't, with New York sending him to the bullpen. How's that $36 million investment in the offseason looking?
Cubs 6, Marlins 4
The Cubs got good news and bad news on Sunday. The good news: Derrek Lee snapped out of a season-long funk with a grand slam, leading the Cubbies to a third straight win. The bad news: ace Carlos Zambrano came up lame after trying to leg out a single. Which is more important? Good question, though it will probably all be sorted out depending on the extent of Zambrano's injury.
Giants 1, Rockies 0
The weekend's series between the Giants and Rockies will forever have this name: Does anyone want to score? It took 10 innings for someone to get across the plate on Sunday, with Rich Aurilia's RBI single finally breaking the deadlock and landing another win for San Francisco, which stayed above .500 win the win. Much more significant was the fact that Barry Zito was brilliant again. Yes, that Barry Zito. Suddenly, if Zito keeps pitching this way, and if San Francisco keeps getting strong outings from Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Randy Johnson, the Giants may not need to score many runs.
Dodgers 7, Padres 3
Eventually, Los Angeles is going to lose at home. They're just not ready yet. The Dodgers improved to 10-0 at Chavez Ravine this season, thanks in large part to another terrific start from Chad Billingsley, who lasted seven innings while giving up just two runs. It's the best home streak for a Dodgers team in franchise history, improving on a stretch by the 1946 Dodgers, and it's the longest streak in the NL since 1983, when the Braves racked up 10 straight games at home.
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