The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"It's hard to sweep a team in four games. You don't see that much."
-- Reds Manager Dusty Baker on sweeping a team in four games, which is precisely what his team did to the Pirates over the past three days.
Padres 7, Nationals 0
Loss: Nationals. Advantage: Nationals. Face it folks, that's how all these games have to start looking, with Washington coming down the stretch in pursuit of a second consecutive No. 1 overall draft pick, a selection slot in which they could take high school slugger Bryce Harper. The Nationals were thoroughly outplayed in San Diego Wednesday afternoon, thoroughly dominated at the plate, where they hit just .172 during its sweep at the hands of the Padres (which concluded a 2-7 road trip), and thoroughly frustrated in yet another setback. If there was ever any question that a lineup with Pete Orr batting fifth and catcher Wil Nieves batting sixth would lack some punch, well, consider those doubts assuaged by San Diego starter Kevin Correia, who lasted 7 1/3 innings while allowing just three hits. Amazingly, he may be wondering how he allowed any at all afterwards.
Giants 4, Phillies 0
And now we see the difference that moving to the NL makes. Brad Penny, in his first start with the Giants since being released by the Red Sox, twirled a gem against the reigning world champs, tossing eight scoreless innings, allowing just five hits from Philadelphia's powerful lineup and getting the better of young Philadelphia starter J.A. Happ, who suddenly can't buy a win to save his life. Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand both homered for San Francisco, which got back on track a night after watching the NL Wild Card lead shift back to the Rockies.
Rockies 5, Mets 2
It didn't take long for Jason Giambi to make an impact with the Rockies, did it? The veteran first baseman/slugger delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting Colorado to a win over visiting
injury ward New York, ensuring that Colorado would hold the NL Wild Card lead by itself for another night. Giambi's heroics made a winner out of Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed just two runs in eight innings of work, just enough to earn his 13th "W" of the season.
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