The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"Today he had to give up nothing for us to win, and that's what he did."
-- Brewers Manager Ken Macha on Jeff Suppan's shutout performance
Phillies 8, Nationals 5
Nats bad news No. 1: The Phillies jumped out to a lead and cruised to a win in the day half of a day-night doubleheader. Nats bad news No. 2: Scott Olsen had an MRI on his shoulder immediately after the game because his velocity was off significantly from his expected speed (and Raul Ibanez didn't make that any easier). On the other hand, if something hadn't been wrong with Olsen, that might have been equally concerning, because he just isn't getting the job done. After all, six runs in five innings isn't a primo turnout for a guy who's expected to provide relative experience for one of baseball's youngest rotations. Of course, the second game didn't get much better, and they didn't even have a full game to change course.
Cubs 5, Astros 4
Yes, Alfonso Soriano was the guy who had the game-winning RBI, but did anyone notice who scored the winning run? That's right, Bobby Scales, the 31-year-old rookie crossed the plate with the most important run of the game. If ever there was an odd, unforeseen story that emerged and played a significant role during the season, it might be Scales. hitting in the eight spot, Scales is batting .381, with a .744 slugging percentage. For a versatile infielder, that ain't bad.
Brewers 1, Cardinals 0
For the first 25 games of the season, the Cardinals were hitting the cover off the ball. All of a sudden, they seem to be having a much harder time making contact. St. Louis couldn't manage a single run at home on Saturday against former starter Jeff Suppan, sending Adam Wainwright to a horribly unfair loss despite his two-hitter. Hey, even Albert Pujols can't be a hero every day.
Mets 9, Giants 6
When you see Johan Santana and Randy Johnson on the box score as a game's starters, you expect a 3-2, 2-1, maybe even a 1-0 game. That didn't happen on Saturday, with the Mets racking up seven runs off Johnson while Santana allowed a season-high six in his fifth victory of the year, a strong departure from the stat entering the game that held Santana as the pitcher who received the least run support of anyone in the major leagues. The other good news for New York was the return of J.J. Putz, who shut down the win in the ninth inning for his first save, a comforting return to his original role.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 3
Wait, what's that? The Marlins won again? You're kidding? Snapping out of a skid the likes of which we've only seen locally at Navy Yard, Florida rattled off a win at home against the Dodgers, using a bevy of two-out hits (they scored all but one of their runs with two outs) to land an all-but essential win, handing Jeff Weaver his first loss since returning to L.A. in the process. Of course, seeing as this is the Marlins, everything couldn't go to plan. A field full of glittery plastic strands from giveaway pompoms flew all over the field throughout the game (it was largely cleared off in each instance), though the litter didn't detract from any key fielding plays.
Pirates 7, Rockies 4
Sometimes the rain can actually save a team, not hurt it. Just ask the Pirates. Despite Ian Snell's struggles before the cloudburst, Pittsburgh rolled after the delay, using three runs across the fifth and sixth innings to hold off the Rockies and Colorado's bullpen, which was nearly as effective as Pittsburgh's.
Diamondbacks 12, Braves 0
It took a lot longer than he wanted, but Max Scherzer finally got his first win of the season, pitching a six inning shutout started with a bizarre double play that started as a pickoff at first base. A grand slam and five total RBI from Chris Snyder didn't hurt Scherzer's cause, either, though it does provoke a new round of questions about how good Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami really is.
Padres 6, Reds 5
San Diego needed to snap out of a skid, and they'll take the win, even if it took 16 marathon innings to get it. They also made a brutally unfair loser of Micah Owings, who came out of the bullpen to pitch 5 1/3 scoreless innings in an emergency outing, made necessary by the absence of Nick Masset with an oblique injury. Owings was the last of 15 total pitchers used by the teams.
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