The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"He's our closer. We had the right guy out there last night, and we had the right guy out there tonight. He's got to forget this, because he'll be out there again."
-- Giants manager Bruce Bochy on the struggles of team closer Brian Wilson, who blew a San Francisco lead for the second straight night against the Mets.
Phillies 10, Nationals 6
Generally, when a game includes 15 pitchers, neither team is throwing effectively. Friday was no exception for the Nats, with a 51 pitch 12th inning by Kip Wells proving to be the crowning blow in Washington's downfall. For the Nats, walks were the biggest factor, though a rally in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frames has to be some consolation, right? And while the offense has finally been producing, there has to be significant concern over the loss of budding young catcher Jesus Flores, who was sent to the DL with a bruised right shoulder.
Rockies 3, Pirates 1
The Rockies could find a way to get a win in recent days, and they looked headed for another loss on Friday. That's when Brad Hawpe stepped up and won the game in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer, helping the Rockies snap out of a rough stretch at home as soon as they moved to the road. That ruined a strong, seven-inning start from Paul Maholm, who got a no decision despite keeping Colorado off the scoreboard.
Dodgers 6, Marlins 4
The Dodgers are hot. The Marlins are not. Sometimes it just seems that simple. Hours after Manny Ramirez met with his teammates, the Dodgers used a seventh-inning rally piloted by his left field replacement, Juan Pierre, to drop Florida on the road. Jeff Weaver pitched six innings, allowing three runs in the latest start of his most recent comeback, improving to 2-0 because of his team's rally an inning after he left the game.
Braves 4, Diamondbacks 3
What is it going to take for Arizona to get on a run? With a new manager in tow for more than a week now, Arizona is still scuffling alone, falling most recently in Atlanta and Yunel Escobar, whose bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth was a game-winning walk-off. The one dark point for Atlanta was another meltdown from closer Mike Gonzalez, who gave up a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth. In the end, that didn't cost Atlanta on Friday, though it makes you wonder if Gonzalez's antics will start to catch up to them soon.
Padres 5, Reds 3
Dusty Baker has been riding Cincinnati's starting pitching, getting guys like Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez and Bronson Arroyo to pitch seven and eight innings in as many starts as they don't. While that's impressive, it can also get the team into trouble, as it did Friday, when Aaron Harang lost control of a game in his possession in the seventh, allowing three Padres runs in a 5-3 San Diego win. Adrian Gonzalez also drilled his major league leading 15th homer -- yes 15th -- in the win, a staggering statistic considering the fact that Gonzalez plays in an incredibly defensive ballpark (San Diego's Petco Park) and has little if any protection in his team's lineup.
Mets 8, Giants 6
Another night, another Mets rally on San Francisco closer Brian Wilson in the ninth. David Wright continued his torrid pace in May -- he's 23 for 53 in the month so far -- and Gary Sheffield got in on New York's rally party in the ninth on Friday, all at the cost of Wilson, who has to be questioning his ability to close out games right about now.
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