The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"He hides the ball real well. We just couldn't get the key hit."
-- Brewers Manager Ken Macha on what has made Phillies starter J.A. Haap so hard to hit.
Dodgers 7, Nationals 6
Well, that makes 100. For the second year in a row, the Nationals have dropped an even 100 games. With yet another demoralizing, one-run loss to the Dodgers, Washington's season record fell to 52-100, an afterthought after they trailed 4-0 in the first inning. The Nats become the fourth team in the past 25 years to drop 100 games in back-to-back seasons, despite a rally in which they tied the game in the sixth inning. Jason Bergmann who pitched 1/3 of an inning in the loss, contends that next year will be better. We're not so sure. Maybe you are. If you are, well, we're glad you have more faith than we do.
Padres 5, Rockies 4
For a team that everyone expects to roll into the postseason, the Rockies aren't making it easy. Colorado fell again on Thursday night, capitulating to a San Diego comeback that originated with a 3-0 Rockies lead. Should Colorado eventually watch their wild card lead wither away, a single moment in the sixth may be a turning point: With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Rockies had men on second and third. Instead of bringing in a pinch hitter, Colorado Manager Jim Tracy let starting pitcher Jason Hammel hit for himself. He didn't get a hit, the Rockies didn't get a run, and eventually they lost. Turning point? Maybe not. Lesson learned? One would think so, though Tracy has been around long enough to know whether he'd make the same call again.
Cubs 3, Giants 2
San Francisco had a chance to pick up a vital game in the NL Wild Card standings. The Giants didn't take that opportunity. Instead, San Francisco wasted a sterling start from Brad Penny -- the latest since he signed after being released by the Red Sox -- and absorbed a loss when Brian Wilson allowed a Jeff Baker home run in the top of the ninth. That made a winner out of Chicago reliever Aaron Heilman, who benefited from the continued resurgence of Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who kept Chicago mathematically alive in the NL Central in the process.
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