The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"We pitched great the entire series and we deserved to win these games. What we did here is not easy to do, and we did a terrific job."
-- Rockies Manager Jim Tracy on his team's sudden surge of success.
Rockies 5, Cardinals 2
Your midseason roster jolt is ... Jim Tracy as manager? Don't laugh, because the Rockies are suddenly starting to play the way many expected them to all season. Colorado held St. Louis's potent bats to two runs for the second straight night, using a strong start from pitcher Jason Marquis to cruise past the Cardinals. With Troy Tulowitzki healthy and slowly rounding back into form, could Colorado be poised for another massive run? Don't laugh, it could happen. After all, it did two years ago, right?
Marlins 4, Giants 0
If we ever needed proof that old men are not build to pitch on three-days rest, Randy Johnson gave it to us last night. Four days after earning his 300th win at Nationals Park, Johnson gave up four runs to the Marlins and got nothing to back him up. In fact, the Giants got nothing almost literally, earning only three hits off Sean West, who entered the seventh inning with a no-hitter. Brett Carroll notched the biggest knock off the Big Unit, blasting out a three-run homer in the second inning to set the early pace for Florida, which never look back thanks to the masterful performance of West, who missed all of last season rehabilitating from shoulder surgery.
Braves 7, Pirates 6
What's worse than losing a tight one-run game that you thought you should have won? Losing it in 15 innings, while forcing the other team to burn through eight pitchers. Kris Medlen eventually earned the win for Atlanta, though David Ross earned the true heroics in the (almost) five-hour marathon when he bases-loaded single knocked in the game-winning run. Chipper Jones hit yet another two-run homer for the Braves, as did Brian McCann, as the Braves used a couple big shots to overcome Pittsburgh's sudden offensive surge.
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 3
Jake Peavy struggled in his last start with the flu. This time he didn't let that get in the way of a win, putting up two-run ball over seven innings after the shortest start of his career (he left after just one inning in his last start). That set the stage for Kevin Kouzmanoff's four RBI heroics, taking advantage of a whopping three walks to slugger Adrian Gonzalez.
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