The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I wish I could do better than I did, but that is part of the game. I try to do good every day, but today was the kind of day where nothing was working out for me."
-- Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada on becoming the first Astros player to ground into three double plays in a single game.
Nationals 8, Phillies 7
Aaaaaand, cue the hyperbole. Sure, rookie shortstop Ian Desmond may have put up a pretty spectacular offensive debut in Washington, homering, doubling and driving in four to almost single-handedly propel the Nationals past the defending World Series champions. Desmond helped atone for Washington's latest bullpen implosion, a rough patch that cost starter Livan Hernandez a shot at a win by allowing five runs in less than two innings, all of which goes to show that even when the Nats take a big step forward, it often involves a step back.
Rockies 5, Reds 1
No drama needed this time. Colorado extended its NL Wild Card lead by rolling past Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon, winning the team's seventh straight by sweeping the Reds. The Rockies scored a whopping five runs in the third, an explosion that helped provide cover for starting pitcher Jose Contreras, who left in the third inning with a strained quad. There was no final verdict on how long Contreras is expected to miss, but just as his absence hardly set back Colorado on Sunday, it seems doubtful that the sudden loss of Contreras will slow the Rockies' roll toward the playoffs.
Marlins 13, Mets 4
The Marlins may not have a ton of fight left in their push for the playoffs, but they've got enough to put a brutal crushing on an injury riddled divisional foe any night of the week. On Thursday, that beat down came in New York, with former Nats first baseman Nick Johnson wielding the biggest stick. Johnson drove in four runs at Citi Field to help push the Marlins closer to the Phillies' once insurmountable (and still large) divisional edge. Burke Badenhop earned his seventh win of the season with two sterling innings of relief.
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