The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"It really woke us up. We came in, said we have to wake up, do the little things and we can't let the same things happen."
-- Cincinnati outfielder Brandon Phillips on his team's win a night after a 22-1 loss.
Dodgers 8, Mets 0
The Mets need to get things turned around fast, and L.A. visiting isn't exactly the easiest way to do it. On Tuesday, it was a disastrous way, with Mike Pelfrey getting shelled despite Manny Ramirez getting himself tossed. The Dodgers' young starter, Clayton Kershaw, was Pelfrey's doppleganger, shutting out the skidding Mets again. If you think Mets fans are taking their team's collapsing fortunes well, clearly you forget who Mets fans are. The whole booing thing is here to stay.
Braves 2, Cubs 1
Monday, the Cubs edged out Atlanta in a tight game. On Tuesday, Atlanta returned the favor, holding off Chicago to earn another win for Javier Vasquez, a pitcher who was recently a surprising name on the trade market. That kept Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano from notching another win of his own, with the Chicago starter pitching on just three days rest, and failing to win for a sixth straight game as a result. Brain McCann was 2 for 4, driving in both Atlanta runs in the win.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 0
If this series is going to be pivotal in the NL Central division race, Milwaukee is going to have to play a lot better to be competitive. The Brewers couldn't get to St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, whose ninth win of the season really only had one true rough patch: A bases-loaded jam in the second inning. Ryan Braun was 0 for 4 after being criticized by his team's general manager, Doug Melvin, adding more fuel to questions about Milwaukee's cohesiveness and ability to sustain a season-long run.
Reds 4, Phillies 3
Hey, you can't give up 20+ runs every night, right? On Tuesday, the Reds proved you can even win a night after one of the most disastrous losses in history, pulling out a win over the NL East-leading Phillies, using a run in the top of the ninth to overcome a monstrous shot by Ryan Howard, which was immediately followed by a shot by Jayson Werth. No problem for Cincinnati, which put a stop to Philadelphia's four-game winning streak.
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