The Juice: Paul Goldschmidt’s home run for D-backs leads night of three walkoff wins

David Brown
August 14, 2013

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How many walkoff wins does it take to get to the Juic(e)y center of Major League Baseball results from Wednesday morning? One, a-two-hoo, three. Chomp. Three.

Chase the birds away: Start your morning by reviewing an oppo boppo in the 11th inning by Paul Goldschmidt, which completed a rally for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-3 victory against the Orioles at Chase Field. He didn't reach the pool, sadly, as teammate Adam Eaton had the night before. Goldschmidt has ungodly timing, though. He also tied the score in the ninth with a dinger against closer Jim Johnson.

Place them in the Adron Chambers: Though he didn't hit a home run, Chambers ended the St Louis Cardinals night with a big single in a 4-3 victory in 14 innings, which sliced into the Pittsburgh Pirates' lead in the NL Central:

Finishing off the Pirates after Starling Marte opened the door with an unfathomable error, it was Chambers' first RBI of the season.

''Oh man, that was amazing,'' Chambers said. ''If any one of these guys got that, they'd be jumping for joy just like I am inside.''

Dirty, dirty White Sox: They probably won't spoil the Detroit Tigers season. They probably can't prevent them from making the playoffs. They might not even stop the Tigers from having the best record in the AL. But the Chicago White Sox can irritate them. To wit, a 4-3 victory at U.S. Cellular Field, thanks to an RBI single in the 11th by Alejandro De Aza. It scored former Tigers player Avisail Garcia, who also drove in a pair with a two-run triple against Max Scherzer. Galling for the Detroiters! Hey, when you're stuck in last place, take it when you can get it.

Extras, extras! Three more games were won in the last at-bat, and in extra innings, but by the road team, so there was no humiliating "walkoff" nonsense.

• Shane Victorino provided the key hit for the Red Sox in a 4-2 victory in 11 innings at Toronto. Shanf!

• On J.J. Hoover's 26th birthday, he provided a scoreless inning of relief and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 in 11 innings at Wrigley.

• It only went to 10 innings, but the Miami Marlins pulled off a 1-0 victory at Kansas City thanks to Christian Yelich's RBI single. It finished what had been a great duel between Jose Fernandez and Bruce Chen.


Yankees 14, Angels 7: It's not the first football game played at new Yankee Stadium, it just scored like one. Alfonso Soriano hit two homers, driving in six to give CC Sabathia more run support than he could ever desire.

Nationals 4, Giants 2: Not an NLCS preview, as perhaps thought at one time. The Nats also had a solid dugout argument between Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez. The players didn't say what it was about, but Nats manager Davey Johnson said it stemmed from Gonzalez being late covering a play at first base.

Braves 3, Phillies 1: Nice job by that Medlen kid, but it wasn't a key game in the NL East race because the Phillies are bad. It's enough to make Charlie Manuel's teeth do ... something.

Mariners 5, Rays 4: Most underreported story of the season is former NBA center Brad Miller's transition to Mariners rookie shortstop.

Padres 7, Rockies 5: Nice homer, ya' Gyorko.

Indians 5, Twins 2: Cleveland came in having lost seven of eight with a 6.00 ERA in that stretch until Zach McAllister said hold on a second.

Dodgers 4, Mets 2: The Dodgers are on a 39-8 run since June 22, but this is their first seven-game winning streak in three years.

Astros 5, Athletics 4: Cy Young contender Bartolo Colon has been just an average curly-haired human over his past two starts.

Brewers 5, Rangers 1: Li'l Scooter Gennett, listed at 157 pounds but actually weighing about 170 — he says — hit his first two major league home runs to help stop the Rangers' eight-game winning streak.

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''It's a little off,'' Gennett said of his listed weight. ''For some reason they like to make the smaller guys look even smaller.''

• The New York Giants had been the most recent NL team to go 39-8, doing so in 1951. At some point in your life, you might have seen the final game of that streak ended:

• The Astros had dropped 11 of 12 to the A's coming in.

• Kris Medlen came in with a 5.85 ERA against the Phillies.

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