The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"It wasn't a tough play. It just didn't go in my glove. That's all I can say."
-- St. Louis third baseman Brian Barden on his error which set the stage for Milwaukee's walk-off win the 10th inning.
Mets 5, Nationals 2
In the last week, instant replay has been very, very good to the Mets. First, it gives them a win in Fenway Park with a rare blown save by Jonathan Papelbon. A day later, a potential Kevin Youkilis homer is upheld as a foul ball because on inconclusive video evidence (though it appeared on further angles to cross in front of the left field foul pole) and finally, on Memorial Day itself, it hands the Mets a win when Gary Sheffield's bomb is upheld as a three-run homer, providing the margin of victory in New York's latest win over the woeful Nats, a disheartening setback because starting pitcher John Lannan had looked so good. Worse news: Daniel Cabrera settled right into his new role, taking on a bullpen role with the absolute lack of aplomb all the team's other relievers have shown consistently.
Reds 8, Astros 5
Sometimes, a pitcher wants a win so badly he's willing to do anything to get it. On Monday, that was guy was Aaron Harang, who found ways to keep working and stay loose during a rain delay so he could continue once it was over, eventually setting himself up for a win while allowing three runs on 10 hits in five innings. And Harang's lead stood up because of a huge game from Johnny Gomes, who had three hits in the Cincinnati victory.
Brewers 1, Cardinals 0
It took an extra inning, but Milwaukee scrambled to another victory on Bill Hall's RBI single on Monday afternoon. Of course, that was a distant story compared to both team's pitching, with the 10th inning Brewers run the only of the entire game, based partially by Mike Cameron's hustling out a grounder to stop a double-play in the 10th. That late run -- and St. Louis's inability to score any runs itself -- deprived Chris Carpenter of another win, despite a masterful, eight-inning, 93 pitch shutout outing. In fact, Carpenter had a perfect game before the seventh inning, and he looked good enough to keep it going after that, too. Makes you wonder what he could have done if he wasn't being limited in his comeback from an injury, doesn't it?
Dodgers 16, Rockies 6
Ouch. How else do you chalk up a 10-run loss at home during a holiday matinee? Even more amazing is the fact that 15 of those Dodgers runs came in just two innings: a seven-run fourth and an eight-run seventh. And with Manny Ramirez's replacement, Juan Pierre, drilling a bases-loaded triple, the Dodgers continue to show that they really can win without No. 99.
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 7
The Padres just keep charging along the outside rail. It's unbelievable. For the second time this year, San Diego can't seem to lose, a two-run win in Phoenix serving as the latest proof in a 10-game winning streak. Add to that the fact that new stars emerge every day -- Monday, it was Chase Headley's 10th inning homer that set the stage -- and this time the script included a six-run comeback across the final two innings.
Giants 8, Braves 2
Sometimes a manager's gut makes the biggest difference in a game. That's what happened on Monday in San Francisco, when Bruce Bochy's late call-in of Travis Ishikawa, who had a three-run, four-hit day -- the best statistical performance of his career -- to finally hand Jonathan Sanchez a well-deserved win. As for Emmanuel Burriss, his 1 for 4 day moved his average up to .257, right back on track for the local boy at second base.
Marlins 5, Phillies 3
Stop the presses, the Marlins got a win. In fact, one Marlin beat the Phillies, with Wes Helms feeding off a virtriolic Philadelphia crowd to drive in four of the Marlins' five runs in Philadelphia. That was enough to overcome a pair of homers from Ryan Howard and hand a win to Chris Volstad, not Jamie Moyer.
Pirates 10, Cubs 8
Freddy Sanchez had six hits. Count them, six. In a place like Pittsburgh, that doesn't happen every day. In fact, it only happens about once every tow decades, as the case may be, with Sanchez's six-hit night the first in 19 years for a Pirate. That was enough to continue the Cubs' woeful streak, with the team's winless six-game road stretch leaking into a loss at home. That's the team's worst skid since 2006, the final year of the Dusty Baker regime and one in which the team finished a far cry from the playoffs, which is enough to have Cubs fans plenty worried.
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