The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"The kid is unbelievable. He pitched a great game. I just tried to hit the ball up the middle with the bases loaded. That's what I do best."
-- Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada on Tommy Hanson and his success after the young Atlanta phenom left the game in Houston's win on Wednesday night.
Phillies 6, Nationals 5
Another night, another late collapse for Washington. Backed by a strong outing by young starter Garrett Mock, the Nats had a chance to steal a game against the defending champions. It didn't happen, thanks in large part to a fire extinguisher job by Philadelphia reliever Ryan Madson in the bottom of the ninth, an appearance that saw Madson escape a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the frame. All that made Pedro Feliz's eighth inning homer -- Philly's last among two in the inning and in the game -- the game-winning hit for the Phillies, who are back on a roll after a momentary skid against Houston last week.
Rockies 4, Reds 3
In any playoff race, there's a night that you can pinpoint where the chase seemed to shift based on a single set of outcomes. Wednesday may have been that night in the NL Wild Card, with Colorado rallying for a huge win over Cincinnati thanks to a walk off, two-run single from Seth Smith, the latest in a long line of dramatic, game winning base knocks from role playing Rockies this season. The hit capped a Colorado rally that came in response to a sudden lead for Cincinnati in the top of the ninth, after Rockies reliever Matt Daley surrendered a homer to Scott Rolen in the top of the ninth. Despite that, Daley's the man who technically earned the win, a status which goes to show that it's often better to be on a roll than executing perfectly.
Padres 4, Giants 2
There are painful losses, and then there are season crushers. All San Francisco can do now is hope that Wednesday's setback against San Diego won't be the latter. The Padres scored three times in the first three innings off Giants starter Barry Zito (who fell to 9-12 with the loss) en route to a 4-2 win, a victory which does little to enhance San Diego's long term prospects but puts any chance of a San Francisco playoff cameo at a distance, with the Giants dropping a full four games behind divisional rival Colorado in the NL Wild Card race.
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