The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"It was one of those days when not much goes right, and it was embarrassing. ... We played well for three or four innings, and then the wheels fell off."
-- Nats center fielder Willie Harris on Washington's embarrassing 14-2 loss to the Dodgers at Nationals Park on Tuesday.
Dodgers 14, Nationals 2
Well, so much for that. The Livan Hernandez reunion tour limped on at Nats Park last night, the burly erstwhile ace lit up again by a surging Dodgers team that looks like it could run away with both the NL West and the league's best record. In the process, the Nats moved closer to reaching the magical 100 loss plateau, falling for the 99th time behind a feeble offensive output off L.A. starter Hideki Kuroda, who won for just the eighth time this season. Too bad he couldn't just face off against the Nats, huh? You'd think that would do wonders for Japanese TV ratings.
Rockies 11, Padres 10
Well, that was a lot closer than it needed to be. With the game all but salted away, Colorado allowed four San Diego runs in the top of the ninth, getting to Franklin Morales, who let four runs score yet still earned his seventh save in eight attempts, proving once and for all that there can be truth in the "lies, damn lies and statistics" mantra. Yet by game's end, all that mattered was that Brad Hawpe and Clint Barmes homered again, with Colorado moving a game closer to a playoff spot as a result.
Diamondbacks 10, Giants 8
When can we officially declare the Giants' playoff hopes dead? San Francisco may not be mathematically eliminated yet, but it might as well be after another loss sent it spiraling five games behind Colorado in the Wild Card race, absorbing an even bigger psychological blow from knowing that young aces Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain lost in back-to-back games. That's no way to mount the kind of late playoff push San Francisco needs, despite a heroic comeback that helped cover a bit for Cain's worst outing in ages, a 2 1/3 innings, seven-run debacle that saw Arizona notch eight hits against him.
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