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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"His world was just rocked. He and his kids, his family, his extended family, his in-laws, everybody's lives are changed forever. He took it as expected, very hard."

-- Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch on reliever Scott Schoenweis, whose wife was found dead on Wednesday.

Pirates 2, Nationals 1
Tonight's goat? Why, that would be Joel Hanrahan of course! The reliever (what else?) allowed the game-winning run to score on a wild pitch (yes, a wild pitch) as the Pirates finished a three-game sweep at Nationals Park. At this point, what can you do except shake your head? Even when things are going right -- John Lannan throws seven innings -- the Nats can't handle success, which is how you lose 2-1 to a team like the Pirates. Clearly, at this point the only thing Washington could win is a clinic in painful ways to lose. At least the bullpen's getting reinforcement in the body of Daniel Cabrera, right? Wait, that's not a good thing, is it ...

Marlins 8, Diamondbacks 6; Diamondbacks 11, Marlins 9

As miserable as the Nats have been lately, at least they've had company from the reeling Marlins. Well, not anymore, after Florida slipped past the Diamondbacks in the aftermath of the stunning news that Arizona reliever Scott Schoenweis's wife was dead. Arizona still almost had a comeback in it, but Matt Lindstrom took care of that to earn his eighth save. And it took 13 innings, but Arizona did earn a split in the nightcap of the doubleheader.

Braves 12, Rockies 4
Suddenly, Atlanta's pitching is rolling, with Javier Vazquez earning his fourth win on the backs of his teammates' 12 runs. Nine of those runs came in the fourth inning, buoyed by a three-run homer from Yunel Escobar. Only the loss of leadoff hitter Omar Infante -- who left in the sixth inning with a broken hand that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks -- was a blow on an otherwise comfort cruising win for the Braves.

Reds 5, Phillies 1
Great American Ballpark may be an offensive explosion waiting to happen, but when Aaron Harang is dealing, he can change that. The Cincinnati ace shut down Philadelphia's explosive offense in his own bandbox of a park on Wednesday, holding the Phillies to a single run on four hits across seven innings. For the record, Brandon Phillips had three times as many RBI as the Phillies, which is the kind of stat we'll probably see once in our entire lifetime. Soak it in, you might as well.

Astros 6, Brewers 4
Yes, Houston won, and yes, Michael Bourn scored a run in the first inning despite being called out on a hit. But it was that first being out on a hit that will get all the real headlines after the Astros's narrow win. What are we talking about, well, we'll have a much longer write-up about it later today, but suffice it to say that it wasn't Astros Manager Cecil Cooper's finest hour. Luckily it was one of pitcher Wandy Rodriguez's finest hours, which put Houston in a dominant position.

Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

Chris Carpenter is back, and he has his stuff with him. Still, Carpenter was only allowed to throw 67 pitches in the win -- despite questioning whether they really wanted to pull him out from the bench -- which gave the Cubs a chance to hit off St. Louis' bullpen. The got hits, just not enough for a win on the road, which makes the loss to their rivals even more painful. After all, it knocks Ryan Dempster back down to .500, too.

Padres 2, Giants 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff's power bat made an appearance, much to the chagrin of writer's everywere who have to spell his name. That was enough to help former A's starter Chad Gaudin land his first win with the Padres, handing yet another ridiculously hard luck loss to Jonathan Sanchez, who still can't buy any kind of a break, a year later. As for your Emmanuel Burris check, he was 1 for 4 with the Giants' lone RBI, keeping his average at .252.

Dodgers 2, Mets 1

It's getting hard to look at these Dodgers-Mets scorelines without thinking, "Wait, isn't that pretty much what happened last night? Yes, yes it was. The difference is that this time the loss came at the hands of set-up man J.J. Putz, who surrendered a single to Orlando Hudson that scored Andre Ethier (who got on via a walk) to beat the Mets and give a first win to Dodgers reliever unexpected Brett Leach, he of the 7.36 ERA.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 21, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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Comments

Pirates finish a three game sweep at Nationals Park? Does that mean they're invoking the mercy rule and not going to play the fourth game tonight?

Posted by: mojo6 | May 21, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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