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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"He pitched too good a game to lose."

-- Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel of J.A. Haap, who, despite Manuel's assurances, lost his first decision in four starts on Thursday, to the Pirates.

Nationals 5, Cubs 4
Could Washington really have found a valuable bullpen piece amidst the rubble that currently comprises its 2009 bullpen? It certainly seems possible, with Mike MacDougal saving Thursday's win over the Cubs, lasting five outs to hold off a furious Chicago rally, dealing the Cubs a loss which all but officially dooms the team's postseason chances. That made a winner out of rookie J.D. Martin, made a rough day (having lost Nyjer Morgan for the season) a lot better, and made a loser out of Chicago's Randy Wells, who is starting to look more like the middling pitcher everyone expected when he was brought up from AAA for the first time in his career. Sure, Tyler Clippard had a rough spot in the middle of Chicago's comeback, but with MacDougal suddenly providing a surreal security blanket, one wonders if the Nats haven't actually found something worth holding on to going forward.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2
The Rockies may eventually catch the Dodgers to win the NL West, but L.A. isn't going to give up without a fight. With new addition Vicente Padilla pitching five innings and allowing just two runs to push the Dodgers past their surging divisional rivals. The win gave L.A. a four-game cushion, grinding down much of Colorado's recent momentum in the process. All of this despite another huge performance from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- 3 for 4 -- leaves the Rockies in need of another jump start heading into the final month of the regular season. Something tells us they know how to get themselves back on track ...

Diamondbacks 11, Giants 0

This is the final proof: San Francisco doesn't know how to take advantage of opportunities. With a chance to pick up another huge game on the Rockies in the Wild Card race, the Giants instead folded their tent against woeful Arizona, watching starter Joe Martinez get shellacked to the tune of eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. By that point the game was dead, and San Francisco's offense followed suit, chalking up just a single hit after the sixth inning. Of course, they'd only logged four off Arizona starter Yusmiero Petit before then, so perhaps it was just an off night. The issue is simply that San Francisco can't afford many more off nights down the stretch, or they'll be home before they even get a chance to think about the postseason.

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By Cameron Smith  |  August 28, 2009; 8:12 AM ET
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