The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I just think that I see the ball real good here. "If you take a ballpark that you see the ball real good, for me it's here. I hit a lot here - I got places I don't see the ball good and it's the other way around. It's funny how it works."
-- Houston outfielder Carlos Lee, on his slugging success at Wrigley Field, in what has to be one of the most redundant quotes of the season.
Padres 3, Nationals 1
It was another classic case of good news/bad news for the Nats on Monday night. The good news? Livan Hernandez looks really, really good. The starter hit true cruise control levels, at one point retiring 18 of 19 batters. The bad news? Washington still lost again, the team's fourth straight, and they lost to another pitiful team; the Padres. Sure, as Chico points out in his gamer, the setback may seem almost conspiratorial for the Nats, but there is another stirring silver lining that comes with the loss: It keeps the Nats another game in front of the Padres in the race for next year's No. 1 overall draft pick, otherwise known as the "Bryce Harper Sweepstakes". That in itself might be almost enough to make recent addition Stephen Strasburg root for his hometown team for a couple of days.
Braves 5, Marlins 2
Josh Johnson lost? Really? Are we absolutely sure? Evidently that's really the truth, with Florida's workhorse ace yielding three runs in the seventh inning after allowing only a single hit through the first six. That was enough for the Braves, who got the kind of quality start from Kenshin Kawakami that Atlanta envisioned when signing him and bringing him over from Japan. The combination was a huge win for the Braves and a crushing loss for the Marlins at the start of a four-game series, a stretch in which a dominant performance by one team could potentially launch it back into the NL Wild Card race, while a poor one will surely eliminate the loser from contention. Welcome to September baseball folks, it's all a good ride from here ...
Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3
Behold the awkwardness of the waiver wire trade deadline! With the Dodgers in full on "push for the playoffs" mode and the Diamondbacks looking for just about any non-future crippling way to shed late season payroll, the two divisional rivals worked out a deal to send Arizona starter Jon Garland to the Dodgers. After the game, Garland could walk over to his new dugout. And if that wasn't weird enough, this was: The team he was leaving was the one celebrating after an incredible 10th inning win over L.A. While the setback may have been disappointing for Dodgers fans, the arrivals of Jim Thome and Garland for the final run-in has to have the team more confident than it has been in weeks that the division title will stay at Chavez Ravine, though reliever George Sherrill, who allowed the tying run in the eighth inning, will have to be better than he was on Monday if L.A. is really going to put everything together.
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