Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, where the hour might be late but the baseball is great. Or, pretty good.
Game of the Day
D-backs 9, Dodgers 7 (11 inn.)
Somebody find Cowboy Joe West. We got ourselves a ballgame that lasted 4 hours, 57 minutes. That's a disgrace! Ah, it's not the same when I say it.
And it wasn't a disgrace; it was entertaining. (OK, it was a long night.)
The D-backs' Chris Young, continuing the resurrection of his career, knocked in the go-ahead run with a single. Leo Rosales(notes), after allowing a leadoff single in the bottom of the 11th, retired Casey Blake(notes), A.J. Ellis(notes) and Russell Martin(notes) to retire the game forever.
When it was done, eight pitchers on each team (including both of the L.A. Ortizes) had been used. Lots of trips to the mound, there, skippers. But Joe Torre doesn't want to hear about time limits.
"The thing is, you can’t run out the clock in this game,” Torre said. “You have to get 27 outs, and we have to find a way to do that on a consistent basis. Offensively, we did a good job, but we just couldn’t stop them from scoring runs."
Arizona closer Chad "D.J." Qualls would have shortened the game to nine innings by protecting a one-run lead, were it not for a tying Dodgers rally.
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They Also Played
Mariners 4, Athletics 2: The M's past two starting pitchers, Doug Fister(notes) and Jason Vargas(notes), sound like characters Quentin Tarantino might have made up. Or a couple of TV cops. Or, or — or — they're grunts in the unit of space Marines from "Aliens." As in, "Fister, Vargas; get out of there! Get out of there! Fisterrrrr! Vargaaaaaas!"
Fister, Vargas. Get in here, you two! The chief wants to see you.
Cardinals 2, Astros 1: Jeff Bagwell(notes) and Craig Biggio(notes) are turning over in their beds. At 0-8, it's the worst start for the 'Stros since 1983 — the Dickie Thon Era. There's lots of reasons a team starts 0-8. Here are a few for the 'Stros:
• Pedro Feliz, for Ed Wade's sake, batted third Wednesday night.
• Geoff Blum, God love the hero of Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, plays first base because Lance Berkman(notes) is hurt.
• The batting averages of Carlos Lee(notes) and Hunter Pence(notes), if you add them together, make .200.
• Phil Garner's mustache is nowhere to be seen.
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Phillies 14, Nationals 7: It wasn't so much Kevin Kolb vs. Donovan McNabb, but instead the Iggles "D" vs. the ‘Skins "D." Seriously though, not only are the Fightins 7-1 — their best start in 27 seasons — but they've outscored opponents 64-29. Next closest is the Giants at 51-29.
Rangers 6, Indians 2: Do it, Colby Jack Lewis! That's how you triumphantly return from a tour of Japan and elsewhere. And how about Nelson Cruz's(notes) boomstick? He's got six homers in the Strangers' first eight games — a pace of 121 1/2 homers! ... Hey, only 10,071 showed at Progressive Field. Smallest gathering in the history of the fine ballpark. Um, hello, Cleveland?
Giants 6, Pirates 0: Aubrey Huff(notes) was certain the ball was leaving AT&T Park. But the stadium's peculiar dimensions kept it in play, forcing him to improvise. So, Huff hustled around the bases for an inside-the-park homer, concluding his run with a "gratuitous" slide into home plate.
"I've never had a three-home-run game," Huff said. "I'm going to go ahead and chalk that up as a three-home-run game in my mind. I don't know if I can hit a ball any better. I hit one to center for an out and the one to right-center was just ridiculous. If that don't go out, I don't know what you can do.
Everybody in spring told me, ‘You'll see, you'll see.' I'm like, ‘Come on, if you get it it's going to go.' ‘Nah. ...'
"I get it now. I get it."
Rays 9, Orioles 1: Orioles Magicians were outscored 37-16 during the opening homestand at Camden Yards, which included the smallest crowd ever to see a baseball game there. Might need some new magicians.
Marlins 5, Reds 3: With a home run, Jorge Cantu(notes) continued his odd-but-cool streak of getting at least one hit and one RBI in every game to start the season. He's up to nine, the longest streak of its kind since 1920 — when RBIs became an official stat. And Jorge is really into it, too.
"It's a great honor," Cantu said. "I'm going to keep pushing myself and get hungrier for more. It's like, wow, I accomplished something very big. It hit me when I was running the bases."
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Cubs 7, Brewers 6: No question, the game turned when Ken Macha called on LaTroy Hawkins(notes) to protect a three-run lead in the eighth. He couldn't do it. Hawkins used to pitch for the Cubs and though his numbers at Wrigley are commensurate to those accrued during the rest of his career, it always seemed like he was having a miserable time there. Well, the eighth inning looked pretty freakin' miserable to me.
Observed several Brewers fans walking around Wrigley Field and came to the following conclusion: Four men in 10 from Wisconsin look like Doug Melvin, the team's GM.
Rockies 6, Mets 5 (10 inn.): Chris Iannetta(notes), perhaps celebrating Tommy Lasorda's 60th wedding anniversary as all Italians must by law, hit the game-ending homer. Earlier, he made an error to help the Mets tie the score. But they can't have nice things. Somebody needs to book the Mets as guests on the "Celebrity Apprentice" so Trump can fire them.
White Sox 11, Blue Jays 1: The Blue Jay Hunter asks a poignant question: If the home team loses by 10 runs and only 10,610 show up at
Skydome Rogers Centre to see it, does it count? (Of course, the answer is no.) ... Funny note: One night earlier, the White Sox lost by scoring two runs and one hit. In this game, John Danks(notes) and friends limited them to one run and two hits. That's a Reverse-Canadian Inversion if I've ever seen one.