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Today In The NL Wildcard: 8.9.12

1. Atlanta Braves (1st WC): Michael Bourn and Dan Uggla drove in three apiece, the bullpen cleaned up Tim Hudson’s mess, and the Braves defeated the Phillies, 12-6. After Hudson allowed six runs in just 4 1/3 innings, Atlanta’s ‘pen gave up only one hit over 4 2/3 scoreless innings to secure the victory. Hudson drove in two runs with a double in the 2nd and veteran backup catcher David Ross collected the first stolen base of his 10-year career.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates (2nd WC): Neil Walker, Starling Marte, and Jordy Mercer all homered, and the Pirates overcame some shaky defense to beat the Diamondbacks, 7-6. Walker went 2-for-4 with five RBIs and has driven in a run in five straight games, while Mercer’s bomb was the first of his career. Pittsburgh survived despite surrendering two unearned runs and committing four errors on the night.

3. St. Louis Cardinals (3.5 GB): In one of the ugliest games of their season, the Cardinals were blown out by the Giants, 15-0. Joe Kelly allowed seven runs (only four earned) over five innings, Brian Fuentes surrendered four runs on three hits and three walks in his sole inning of work, and Mitchell Boggs allowed a run for the first time in 23 appearances, giving up four while only recording one out in the 8th. The Cards’ offense wasn’t much better, managing only four hits off of Ryan Vogelsong and two relievers in the rout. According to ESPN Stats & Info, last night’s result was the second-largest shutout loss in Cardinals franchise history and was the worst shutout loss suffered by a defending World Series champion since 1926.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (4 GB): Matt Kemp homered, Shane Victorino recorded his first RBI as a Dodger, and Los Angeles avoided a sweep in their 6-4 win over the Rockies. Kemp and Victorino each recorded three hits while Mark Ellis was 1-for-1 with a run scored, an RBI, and three walks. Chad Billingsley earned his eighth win of the year after allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

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