The Wrap: NL
"I can't really put in words, even if I try, to be in the position I'm in when they told me I was going to make a couple of starts early in May."
-- Cubs starter Randy Wells on his fourth straight victory since being called up from AAA.
Rockies 1, Nationals 0
Another game of stellar starting pitching and no offense from the Nats, who wasted seven impressive innings from rookie Craig Stammen, his best start to date. Stammen gave up only five hits and a run in the loss, which left him thoroughly overshadowed by Jason Marquis, who won his major league-leading 11th game of the season in another shutout.
Cubs 4, Braves 2
OK, so did anyone see this Wells guy coming? Anyone? Clearly the Cubs didn't, either, considering the fact that the former 38th round draft pick never expected to make more than a token start or two for injured pitchers himself. On Monday he outdueled Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens, who gave up four runs on seven hits to fall below .500 again.
Astros 4, Pirates 1
Virgil Vasquez isn't getting closer to winning another start, and the absence of second baseman isn't helping the young Pirates starter, either. Sanchez missed a fourth-straight game and Vasquez fell to 1-2, allowing four runs across six innings. Astros starter Mike Hampton was the true opposite side of Vasquez's poor karma, improving to 5-5 thanks to his seven innings of one-run pitching.
Phillies 22, Reds 1
Well, they didn't get shut out. Yet the Reds still may have suffered the most depressing loss possible on Monday night, rolling out the white flag in the first inning of a loss to the Phillies, who backed ace Cole Hamels with 10 runs off Reds starter Johnny Cueto in less than an inning alone. In the end, the Reds went through seven pitchers in the loss, none of whom lasted three innings. At that point, there's only one thing to say: Ouch.
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