The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"We were desperate to get that streak over and start a winning streak. Who knows, maybe a 15-game or 20-game winning streak started tonight."
-- An incredibly optimistic victorious Pirates starter Zach Duke
Giants 9, Nationals 7
And then it was 30. The one-line story that has overshadowed the Nationals' entire season took center stage early last night, with Ryan Zimmerman drilling a single up the middle to move within a single game of Vladimir Guerrero's franchise record 31-game hitting streak. There was other good news through much of Washington's latest loss, too. Other bats woke up against San Francisco starter Matt Cain. The Nats rallied for a late lead. And as has happened before, everything looked good going into the final frame. Then lefty reliever Joe Beimel, trying to play the role of fireman that has proved elusive for so many members of Washington's bullpen this season, served up a fat pitch to Pablo Sandoval, who atoned for one of the most embarrassing baserunning blunders of the season by knocking out a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Add to that the knowledge that Lastings Milledge, still one of the franchise's top prospects, went under the knife for his broken finger, and what could have been a banner day for the Nats devoled into a mini nightmare. So much for an oncoming era of good feelings.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 1
Albert Pujols put a big blow on Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke, then no one else did, as the Pirates finally broke out of a brutal eight-game skid, winning for only the second time since April 26. Duke pitched eight innings while letting in just the one run and three other singles, setting the stage for a big night from outfielder Brandon Moss, who went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI.
Phillies 5, Dodgers 3
Philadelphia got the last say again in a rematch of last season's NLCS, though the headlines were stolen -- literally (all puns intended) by outfielder Jayson Werth, who swiped home in the seventh inning after already stealing second and third. That pushed him into a tie for the team's single-game stolen base record with four, and it gave the Phillies an insurance run for what was a two-run lead, which did come in handy when Brad Lidge let in a run in the ninth.
Mets 4, Braves 3
Walk-off walk! Walk-off walk! It makes a good chant, doesn't it? It's no coincidental that it works terrifically with "Lets Go Mets!" too, since the phrases were shouted in tandem on Tuesday night, when Carlos Beltran drew a game-winning bases-loaded pass in the bottom of the 10th. The capped a furious Mets rally -- they scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth -- to avoid a ignominous second-straight loss to yet another division foe. Of course, the late win kept starter Mike Pelfrey from getting another win, but we're pretty sure he'll take the final result nonetheless.
Brewers 6, Marlins 3
The Brewers are rapidly rising to the top on the strength of their biggest names -- Ryan Braun and, on Tuesday night, Prince Fielder -- while the Marlins are truly falling back to earth. The result of these conversant trends was eventually a relatively comfortable home win for the brew crew, which gave up all Florida's runs in the first two innings that mounted a fierce charge back into the lead. Nobody was more responsible for that than Fielder, who finished the day with two homers, adding to Mike Cameron's drive in piloting Milwaukee's offense against Marlins starter John Koronka.
Cubs 6, Padres 2
If Rich Harden stiffening after allowing two runs in the first inning was a good sign for the Cubs, Milton Bradley admiring a towering home run in the sixth inning was a great sign. The ridiculous blast -- it traveled at least 435 feet to deep center -- gave Chicago a lead on scuffling San Diego ace Jake Peavy, and it eventually gave Chicago and Harden a comforting win.
Rockies 12, Astros 1
Well, Houston wasn't going to win forever, and the Rockies weren't going to keep rolling over, either. The combination of two homers from Ian Stewart -- one a grand slam -- and seven innings from starter Ubaldo Jimenez proved to be just the tonic Colorado needed to get back on track, while Houston starter Felipe Paulino was left wondering if he really does belong in the major leagues. After all, he gave up seven earned runs and seven hits in four innings in Colorado. And no, the balls don't just fly out that way anymore. After all, they've got a humidor for that these days.
Reds 3, Diamondbacks 1
We know that Micah Owings can hit. It's starting to look like he can really hit, too. The young starter dominated his former team across seven innings before yielding a run without recording an out in the eighth, sending this year's token hard-luck loser Dan Haren to -- you guessed it -- yet another loss. This time Haren gave up three runs in seven innings which, if you can believe it, is a truly subpar outing for him; his ERA ballooned to 2.08 while his record dropped to 3-4. Incredible.
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