Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Citizens Bank Park, where Carlos Ruiz(notes) capped off an epic seven-run rally, the completion of which seemed inevitable once Jonathan Broxton(notes) came in.
Game of the Day: Phillies 10, Dodgers 9
Ice cream for the winners: Down 9-2, the Phillies chipped away with four runs in the eighth and finished off the Dodgers with four more in the ninth, the last coming on Ruiz's two-run double against Broxton. Chooch's biggest challenge was evading the playful beatdown by teammates that awaited him.
Matt Stairs(notes) back in the 2008 playoffs, he's been miserable against the Phillies: 9.82 ERA and three blown saves. Is it because the Phillies have some kind of Children of the Corn hex on him?
"I was trying to make everybody miss," Ruiz said. "They got me."
Broxton's most recent Philly nightmare began with a hit batter and two walks. Casey Blake(notes), not to be left out, let a grounder go through his legs for a two-run error. Then came the Chooch. Broxton did not retire a single batter.
Via the AP:
"If I don't walk the guys, [the error] doesn't matter," said Broxton, who has allowed 11 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over 15 career appearances against Philadelphia. "Guys play on their heels when the pitcher's not throwing strikes."
For the academy's consideration: The Dodgers should just donate the rest of their games to charity.
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They Also Played...
Mets 4, Rockies 0: With his team's closer out of jail but still suspended (the Mets are considering changing their nickname to the Sons of Anarchy) Johan Santana(notes) pitched every necessary inning — meaning all of them.
Brewers 8, D-backs 4: One of the only things standing between the Brewers and getting swept: Casey McGehee(notes), who went 4 for 4 and is in a 9-for-9 streak that is three hits short of the major league record. McGehee is three hits short of tying a mark set by Pinky Higgins in 1938 and matched by Walt Dropo in 1952.
Indians 4, Orioles 1: Don't know how to react nowadays when the Orioles lose. Try to not let it happen anymore, BuckShowalter Fuller.
Yankees 4, Royals 3: Scary ninth inning for the Yankees, with CC Sabathia(notes) tired, Mariano Rivera(notes) unavailable, Joba Chamberlain(notes) untrustworthy and David Robertson(notes) being new at this.
Padres 3, Pirates 0: Never mind the score — check out the '78 uniforms! And more:
Twins 6, White Sox 1: If it was Chicago's strategy to leave the bases loaded in seemingly every inning, then this might as well count as a victory.
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