The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I hope it takes 72 hours."
-- Diamondbacks Manager A.J. Hinch, on the proposed recovery of the Giants, which his Diamondbacks face for the next two days after the teams' first game on Tuesday.
Nationals 15, Cubs 6
Congratulations, Washington. Your team may have just put the final nail in the coffin of Chicago's playoff hopes, sending the Cubs plummeting even further down in the NL Wild Card standings with a 14-6 Nats win. Not only did the Nats win on manager Jim Riggleman's return to a city where he had a dismal postseason record as head man, they did so with power, style and a little panache, thanks to a 4 for 4, six RBI performance from Josh Willingham, an Elijah Dukes grand slam and even a resounding offensive performance from defensive-focused catcher Wil Nieves. Sure, Garrett Mock was far from perfect, letting in four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, but that was a heck of a lot better than Carlos Zambrano, which says it all for both teams at this time of year.
Padres 2, Braves 1
You can go ahead and put this loss down under "precisely what the Braves didn't need." After a dazzling pitching performance from both Braves starter Jair Jurrjens and San Diego's Mat Latos, Atlanta eventually capitulated with Kris Medlen on the mound. Two 12th inning doubles provided enough offense for San Diego, which was an inning away from a shutout before watching closer Heath Bell blow his latest save opportunity. No matter. All that momentum, but no better result for Atlanta's last ditch playoff hopes.
Rockies 5, Dodgers 4
They did it again. Despite a blown save in the ninth, Colorado put together another extra inning rally to top a key divisional rival, slipping past the Dodgers to pull within two games in the suddenly in-play NL West. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki took his place in the hero's circle on Tuesday, lining a one-out drive into center field with the bases loaded to lift the Rockies to the win, which was credited to reliever Matt Herges for his perfect appearance in the 10th. Making matters worse for the Dodgers, the loss came on a start for emerging ace Clayton Kershaw, taking away a start the team may well have been counting on as the Rockies move closer and closer in the rearview mirror.
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