The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"He's either scared or in control. I'm not worried about him anymore in those situations."
-- Dodgers Manager Joe Torre on reliever Ramon Troncoso, who wriggled out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning against the Cubs.
Dodgers 2, Cubs 1
A day after Carlos Zambrano's epic tirade drew attention from just about everybody in baseball -- a six-game suspension will do that kind of thing -- the Cubs couldn't draw even with the blazing Dodgers in Chicago. After struggling to mount any kind of offense against starter Randy Wolfe, who pitched into the eighth before giving up a run, the Cubs mounted a rally against reliever Ramon Troncoso, loading the bases in the ninth before failing to send anyone across. That earned a third win of the season for Wolfe, who struck out seven while walking only one in his 7+ efficient innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Braves 2
Could Arizona finally be hitting its stride under manager A.J. Hinch? They're starting to show some signs of it. On Thursday, ace Dan Haren evened up his record at 4-4, giving up just two runs in eight innings to outpitch former divisional rival Derek Lowe while dropping his ERA down to 2.54, thanks to a 12th save from D'backs closer Chad Qualls. And if anyone has any lingering doubts about Haren, consider this: At one point on Thursday, he retired 15 straight. That's dominance, folks.
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