The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"Just think what happens if they get going. We can really be a good team."
-- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on his team's prospects if Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge perform to their 2008 standards.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1
Raise your hand if you feel cheated by the Nats' Thursday night win. If you were at the Park, you should probably be raising your hand. Still, as Chico pointed out in this gamer, which feels as appropriately downtrodden as the Nats' season, the rain only delayed the inevitable, with the Cardinals snapping out of a losing streak and Washington snapping out of back-to-back performances that wreaked of the kind of professionalism that has been devoid from the franchise all year. Colin Balester took the loss by giving up three runs in three innings before the rain hit, not that he would have necessarily avoided the loss if the rain hadn't stretched the event anyway.
Giants 5, Braves 1
Just when you think Barry Zito is officially cooked, he goes out and shuts down a hot hitting team. The lefty curveballer allowed only a single Atlanta run in seven innings -- he gave up only three hits -- to help San Francisco avoid what could have been a morale crushing sweep at the hands of the Braves. As if that wasn't enough, Zito went 1 for 3 at the plate to back his own effort. Now that's a good day at the park.
Phillies 9, Padres 4
Take not everybody, Cole Hamels is back among the ranks of pitchers with a winning record. Philadelphia's ace improved to 6-5, allowing three runs in the fourth inning but shutting out San Diego across six others to set the stage for Philadelphia's latest victory. And who was that cleaning up the back end for the Phillies? None other than Chan Ho Park. When the Phillies are finding ways to make him productive in multiple ways, you know things are going their way.
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