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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"He's going to be a good one. It won't be too far off he'll be on the National League All-Star team. ... It wasn't a great debut for him. I know he's not satisfied at all. But he's got stuff and he knows how to pitch."

-- Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox on the MLB debut of rookie Tommy Hanson, who allowed seven runs in six innings.

Mets 7, Nationals 0

Just when you thought things couldn't get more embarrassing for the Nationals, they go out and play Sunday's game, watching starting pitcher Craig Stanmen allow five runs in the top of the first en route to another rout at the hands of the Mets. As Chico pointed out in the above article, the Nats haven't won back-to-back games since May 9, which can't be a comforting fact for embattled Washington manager Manny Acta. Hey, there's no one else for the Lerners to fire but themselves except for Acta, and that has to make his a hot seat. At least Acta can rest knowing that he'll only have to put up with a few more starts by either Stammen or Ross Detwiler, neither of which can leave him feeling particularly comfortable.

Cubs 6, Reds 3
Alfonso Soriano strikes again! The Chicago leadoff man came through late again, socking a game-winning 14th inning homer, lifting the Cubs to a big divisional faceoff against Cincinnati. Both teams plowed through nearly an entire bullpen -- the Reds pitched eight while the Cubs threw eight -- Despite competitive starts by both Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo and Chicago's Randy Wells, who remains stuck at 0-2 despite his sterling 1.69 ERA.

Braves 8, Brewers 7
The much anticipated first start of young Tommy Hanson's career got the Braves' desired result, but it didn't get him the win. Instead, Eric O'Flaherty earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief after Hanson allowed seven runs -- six of them earned runs -- in only six innings. Chipper Jones was the true star for Atlanta, knocking out two homers to help get a potential "L" off the record of Hansen, who'll go for a first win next time out.

Astros 6, Pirates 4
Are the Pirates doomed to being the "same old Pirates" without outfielder Nate McLouth? Pittsburgh suffered another demoralizing loss since the team's one bona fide All Star was shipped out of town, failing to capitalize on any early exit from Houston starter Felipe Paulino -- who left after straining his groin in the second inning -- in another loss in Texas. Russ Ortiz entered and kept Houston in the lead long enough for the Astros to pad the advantage, using a Miguel Tejada infield single to add a couple of runs.

Rockies 7, Cardinals 2

Moral of the story from Sunday's Colorado win in St. Louis: If you give up two runs within the first three batters, pitch really, really well after that. Ubaldo Jimenez did just that, paving the way for a rare win for the Rockies on the road, thanks in part to catcher Paul Phillips' four hits.

Diamondbacks 9, Padres 6
18 innings. They played 18 innings. The first 17 set the stage for Mark Reynolds' game-winning, three-run bomb, earning a first win for reliever Leo Rosales, at the expense of a first loss for reliever Josh Wilson. Yes, that's the shortstop Josh Wilson. And who, pray tell, was worked out of a well deserved win? Dan Haren, of course. The Arizona ace ridiculously didn't get a win again, despite seven innings of one-run ball.

Giants 3, Marlins 2
When Tim Lincecum is pitching, the Giants usually don't need much offense to win. On Sunday, they only needed three runs, getting three single runs to hold off two Marlins notches in the eighth, after Tim Lincecum had pitched three-hit ball through 7 1/3 innings. Closer Brian Wilson came through with another save, helping the Giants keep cruising along, despite an 0 for 4 day from Emmanuel Burriss.

Phillies 7, Dodgers 2
The Phillies got another measure of revenge for last year's NLCS, splitting a four-game series in L.A. thanks in large part to the effort of rookie Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia's stunningly unlikely emerging starter. Bastardo improved to 2-0 on the season by holding the Dodgers to two runs while pitching into the sixth, with Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard all providing the power behind the Philadelphia explosion.

By Cameron Smith  |  June 8, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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Comments

Point taken on the Nats but I think you may have meant the "Lerners" rather than the "Kastens."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 8, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

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