Game of the Day: Brewers 3, Reds 2
Do over: Taking one of his signature uppercut swings, ancient Milwaukee Brewers slugger Jim Edmonds ripped a high fastball from Bronson Arroyo(notes), dropped the bat at the plate to admire his work and watched the long fly land in the upper tank.
Home-run distance. But foul.
The 40-year-old Edmonds (he's a man!) had the Brewers dugout and crowd buzzing, but the score remained tied in the bottom of the eighth inning.
So, Edmonds waited for another singularly sensational leg kick from Arroyo and deposited the next pitch — this one was a little lower, on the inside corner — deep over the fence in right-center for his eighth homer.
Still got it: Reduced to pinch hitting because of right Achilles' tendon soreness, Edmonds still finds ways to make himself useful. On Saturday, he made another one of those impossible Jim Edmonds diving catches in center field. But his body doesn't recover as it once did.
"I'm trying to play through it," Edmonds said. "Hopefully it doesn't get any worse. ... I'll keep going out there until I can't go out there anymore."
All right, don't milk it too much, Jimmy.
Arroyo, conversely, felt like pawn in game of life.
"I play a mental chess match, man," Arroyo said. "That's how I win ballgames and I got beat that time. Edmonds beat me. I didn't think in a million years — I threw the ball right where I wanted to — I didn't think he could even swing at the pitch and he hits it out of the park. You tip your hat to somebody who comes off the bench and does that."
Edmonds claimed he wasn't going for a homer the second time around.
"I was like, 'Don't strike out and look like an idiot,' " Edmonds said. "You're up there trying to survive. He threw a fastball, it was up and probably out of the zone and I got to it."
Oh, go on. You're still a showman, even in your advanced age.
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They Also Played...
Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Colorado's 2-9 road trip will all be forgotten after the Rockies win 36 of 37 in September.
Marlins 4, Giants 3: Usually when fish get their heads above water, they start flopping around, gasping for air and they suffocate. It's pretty awful. But this is baseball and a 50-49 record means you can make a run at the playoffs. Not that they're going to be celebrating in Miami. At all. Ever.
Yankees 3, Indians 2: Curtis Granderson(notes) and Nick Swisher(notes) went deep, but not Alex Rodriguez(notes). C'mon, A-Rod, we ain't got all year to see you get six-honey. Let's pick it up, Centaurian.Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5: It was '80s night in Toronto, and that's about how many home runs Jose Bautista(notes) (right) will finish with: Eightysomething.
White Sox 6, Mariners 1: If you notice, when the White Sox say Danks, opponents hardy ever say "You're welcome."
Twins 19, Royals 1: Joe Mauer(notes) ZOMG 5 for 5 with seven RBIs. Danny Valencia(notes) 4 for 4 with a grand slam for his first major league homer. Against Brian Bannister(notes) or Bruce Chen(notes), sure. But Zack Greinke(notes)?!
"You shouldn't have a game like this ever," Greinke said.
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