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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"Frustrating? Look ... what else can I say? There's nothing else to say, there really isn't. You've just got to swing the bats better if we're going to do anything the rest of the year, and that's really the bottom line. I said it before the ballgame. I get asked the same questions every day - every day, you know? I think what you need to do is go ask the players why they're not hitting instead of asking me. They can probably give you much better insight."

-- Cubs Manager Lou Pinella on his team's continued struggles at the plate.

Rockies 10, Nationals 4
Another series, another clean sweep of the Nats. With Wednesday's loss, pitcher Ross Detwiler fell to 0-5, the team committed three errors for the second-straight game and, in the word's of our own bard of insufferably bad baseball Chico Harlan, "On a day when several veterans received the day off, bench players seized the opportunities to showcase absolutely nothing." That's pretty much Washington's season in a nutshell at this point, isn't it?

Mets 5, Dodgers 4

Well, New York almost found a way to blow another game, but Francisco Rodriguez held on to just enough of his control -- and his token lucky defense behind him -- to close off a Dodgers rally and halp the Mets snap a nasty skid. Rodriguez entered the bottom of the ninth with a 5-3 lead, then promptly gave up a solo home run to Manny Ramirez and a walk to third baseman Casey Blake. He would eventually be saved by a game-ending double play, helping New York capitalize on David Wright's first RBI of the month to grab a much needed win.

Braves 4, Cubs 1

Well, so much for the impending sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts family serving as a base of stability for the team. Chicago lost another game on Wednesday, capitulating late when they let a 2-1 deficit balloon to a 4-1 hole thanks in large part to a nasty error by Kosuke Fukudome, who helped coutntryman Kenshin Kawakami earn another win. Kawakami held the Cubs to four hits across six innings in his latest win. Naturally, the loss just helped pave the way for renewed criticism of manager Lou Pinella, whose known to lash out from time to time.

Phillies 3, Reds 2
Sometimes a veteran teams shows a true knack to pull out wins late in games. Meet the 2009 Phillies, who use one thing or another to win games that maybe they shouldn't. On Wednesday, it was a Shane Victorino hit on a night in which the outfielder was campaigning for a spot on the NL All-Star squad. The Flying Hawaiian's hit helped the Phillies overcome a strong outing from Reds starter Homer Bailey, whose six effective innings included a career-high six strikeouts. Now, if Cincinnati could find a way to duplicate that effort and add in a little more consistent defense and a reliable bullpen, and they'd really be on to something. Of course, there are times you could make the same claim about the Nats, so maybe that isn't saying so much after all, huh?

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By Cameron Smith  |  July 9, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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