Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at the Chase Field ATM, where the Cincinnati Reds furiously rallied in the last two innings when they finally realized the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen was the only thing stopping them.
Game of the Day: Reds 11, D-backs 7
Old man squeegee: At 40, Jim Edmonds(notes) has to be one of the oldest guys ever to score a go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning. Dusty Baker's Toothpick (the NL counterpart to Joe Maddon's Glasses) is a genius! Also, nice execution by rookie Chris Heisey(notes), who got a phat pitch from Aaron Heilman(notes) to drag.
The great success called for a sweet double fist bump by Edmonds (above) with coach Chris Speier and Dusty. (Clearly, this is not his first rally.) Also, this makes for 35 come-from-behind victories for the Reds.
"The more you do things, and the more you do them right, and the more you believe it, that's what it's all about," Baker said.
How'd we get here?: The Reds trailed by four runs heading into the eighth, which sounds like a big deficit, but it's really much smaller against D-bax relievers. Jay Bruce(notes) started the comeback with an RBI triple against Sam Demel(notes), who has the name of a lawyer or dentist. Laynce Nix(notes) caypped off the scoring with a two-run double against Heilman.
"Every ball they hit was down the middle of the plate," Heilman said.
See what I'm saying here about the 'Zona pen? Coupled with another loss by the Cardinals, the Reds — who looked completely befuddled last week when St. Louis swept ‘em at home — are three games up in the NL Central.
HOF: This game also featured Edmonds' 391st career home run. Did you know he had that many?
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They Also Played...
Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: Career save No. 598: Trevor Hoffman(notes), who needed only three pitches to strike out Brendan Ryan(notes). If Ryan had struck out on two pitches, it would not be surprising, given his season. ... Not to wreck the pool party, but it's not really a sweep unless you play at least three games. Call it "a quick dusting." Anyway, Randy Wolf(notes) outpitched Adam Wainwright(notes), who had been undefeated at home.
Phillies 8, Giants 2: Jimmy Rollins(notes) singled, tripled and homered and the Phillies won for the 20th time in 25 games to moved two games ahead of the Gi'nts in the wild-card race. But forget about that inconsequential stuff: Domonic Brown(notes) hit his second career homer! Get on your knees (to thank da Philly gods)!
"I'm not going to talk about that," Leyland said. "I don't discuss those things with anybody."
We'll move on, then!
Braves 3, Nationals 2: They gave the 3-0 green light to Jason Heyward(notes) in Atlanta and the kid came through. That's 21 victories in the Braves' last at-bat. They're also 44-16 in the comfy confines of CNN headquarters. (Lou Dobbs was framed!)
Mets 3, Astros 2 (14 inn.): Score and inning reminds me of the 1986 NLCS. Billy Hatcher. Len Dykstra. Happier times.
Royals 9, Indians 7: Stand back, folks. KC has fourth place on lockdown. For now.
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