The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"It was simply luck. Sometimes it goes your way."
-- Chicago's Micah Hoffpauir on his game-winning, bloop single in the 11th inning against the Braves.
Giants at Nationals, postponed
OK, by now you probably noticed the ridiculous rain in the area, and the fact that last night's game -- also known as Randy Johnson's first shot at win No. 300 -- was postponed until today. The Big Unit will go at 4:35, and another game played by players much less significant will go off a couple hours thereafter.
Cubs 3, Braves 2
Turnabout is fair play, huh? A day after Chipper Jones dealt a crushing loss to the Cubs, Chicago returned the favor in Atlanta, with Micah Hoffapauir delivering the game-winning hit in the 11th, capping off a rally that gave Chicago a win, saw the Braves tie and then locked in during extra innings. That kept Derek Lowe from another win, despite his seven innings of two-run ball.
Brewers 9, Marlins 6
What, you thought the Marlins win streak was just going to keep rolling forever? Not against a lineup like Milwaukee's. The Brewers responded from two losses with a nine-run explosion, thanks in large part to an awful outing from former O's pitcher Hayden Penn. How bad was Penn's night? He was three bases-loaded walks and a Ryan Braun home run bad, that's how bad. That cost his team a loss, and him a spot in the Florida bullpen. All in all a pretty bad day, huh?
Mets at Pirates, postponed
See under: rainy East Coast, like Nationals Park.
Astros 6, Rockies 4
And then it was a sweep. After edging the Rockies on consecutive nights, the Astros pushed past Colorado in Houston to complete a three-game sweep. Hunter Pence was the team's big star at the plate, driving in three runs, including a triple that was nearly an inside-the-park homer in Houston's win. The runs didn't come soon enough to get a win for starter Brian Moehler, but they did earn one for Tim Byrdak, whose 1-2-3 seventh inning earned him the victory.
Reds 9, Cardinals 3
Cincinnati starter Edinson Volquez may be down at the moment, but his countryman, Johnny Cueto, is cruising. In a game that belied his usual durability, Cueto lasted only six runs but still shut out the Cardinals, giving Cincinnati time to rack up four of its whopping nine runs in another win on the road in St. Louis.
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