This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's NL roll call starts a mile high, where the Rockies offense apparently had been kept in a humidor all season until last night.
Game of the Day Rockies 12, Braves 6
Man bites dog: The Rockies used to be known for bloated scores and home-run totals, especially in the thin air of Colorado, but ever since they started putting baseballs in a humidor to soak 'em in condensation, or whatever, the ballpark differential at Coors Field has been more in line with the rest of the league. So far this season, with good players, their high score had been 4 runs. Soccer scores.
Earl Weaver: Dissatisfied with that, the Rox scored 6 runs alone in Wednesday's 3rd inning. They still only hit a pair of homers — with Yorvit Torrealba's 3-run blast off Chuck James keying the big 3rd. “That’s the kind of offense we’ve been looking for,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “Three-run homers are good plays."
May your first born be a masculine left-handed child: Mark Redman managed a strong start, for Mark Redman in Coors, going 5 innings and allowing 2 earned runs, 7 hits and no walks with 3 strikeouts. That's how he made an All-Star team a couple of years ago, baby.
Rundown feelin' (Wednesday's other games)
Cubs 6, Pirates 4 (15 innings) — When these two teams get together, they like to hang out for a while. 27 innings over 2 games, with the Cubs winning both. Santo must need oxygen. Ryan Dempster's game score of 78 was the 4th-best of his oddball career and, so far, the 5th-best start in the NL this season.
D-backs 4, Dodgers 3 — Arizona on a roll like Steve Nash through Kirk Hinrich, like Wyatt Earp through the O.K. Corral, like former governor Evan Mecham through Martin Luther King Day. Micah Owings (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K, Win, 0-2 with a walk at the plate). Mark Reynolds 0-4, 13th RBI. X-rays negative on Conor Jackson's bruised left hand. Hiroki Kuroda (5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 2 ER). Tommy Lasorda, doin' great!
Marlins 10, Nationals 4 — The Fish lead the NL East, which might be like that dude who sprints at the beginning of the marathon just to say he was leading it for 500 steps. Or it could be the biggest baseball story of all time. Or it could be somewhere in between.
Cardinals 6, Astros 4 — Albert Pujols goes deep twice, his first 2 homers of the year, after an animated pregame argument with Houston's Brandon Backe, possibly over whether that homer in the 2005 NLCS Pujols hit against Brad Lidge ever came down. Pujols and manager Tony La Russa scoff the perceived correlation of Albert's temper to his performance. La Russa makes his point about the relevance of anger by threatening reporters with a fungo bat.
Giants 1, Padres 0 — Justin Germano and Jonathan Sanchez make like Randy Jones and John Montefusco (except they would have gone at least 9), combining for 13 IP, 6 H, 3 BB ans 13 Ks. Daniel Ortmeier — didn't we all used to go junior high with a Daniel Ortmeier? — won it with an RBI double in the 9th.
Photo of the Day: "Anyone seen the key to the john?"
Arizona's Conor Jackson looks like he's gotta go, but he really just took a pitch off his left wrist. As noted above, X-rays were the negative kind.
Augie Ojeda (D-backs) 3-4, R
Aramis Ramirez (Cubs) 3-7, HR, 2 RBI
Jason Bay (Pirates) 3-5, HR, 2 R, RBI
Corey Patterson (Reds) 3-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Adam Dunn (Reds) 1-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB!
Mike Jacobs (Marlins) 2-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Brian McCann (Braves) 3-4, HR, 3 RBI
Ryan Spilborghs (Rockies) 3-5, HR, 3 R, 5 RBI
Willy Taveras (Rockies) 2-4, 3 R, 2 SB
Jason Isringhausen (Cardinals) IP, K, SV (5)
Russell Martin (Dodgers) 0-4, .103 BA
Derrek Lee (Cubs) 0-6, R
Shane Victorino (Phillies) 0-5
“It’s big. When everybody writes you off from Day 1 and says, ‘These guys can’t play’ and ‘They’re young,’ ‘Their payroll,’ this and that. To see the Marlins right there in first place, it’s definitely a confidence booster. It lets everybody know we can play a little bit.” — Marlins infielder Mike Jacobs