This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Denver, where Troy Tulowitzki(notes) learned from the mistakes of Spilborghs and just ran away from the Rockies' celebratory mob.
Game of the Day: Rockies 5, Dodgers 4 (10 inn.)
Love me, tender: After hitting a winning grand slam against the Giants to end a 14-inning, five-hour marathon the night before, Ryan Spilborghs(notes) sprinted home so he could be pummeled to a pulp by the other Rockies.
Tulowitzki, realizing he needed only to run to first base on his game-ending single against the first-place Dodgers, then took off for center field to lessen the impact of amorous teammates.
"You see a big mob of guys coming after you, you figure if you run a little bit, some of them are going to give up so you don't get mobbed by all of them," Tulowitzki said.
Watch the man carnage unfold.
The Rockies, who were 15 1/2 games behind Mannywood on June 3, have learned all about the finer points of winning as they've crept within just two games of first place in the NL West. Now, they're 18 games over .500, the best mark in club history. In control of the wild card and breathing fire down L.A.'s neck.
But will the Dodgers be able to do anything about it?
"We feel them coming. That is a good team," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "They keep playing. That's what you want a team to do is keep playing. They are very dangerous because they keep coming at you."
With closer Huston Street(notes) unavailable (guitar lesson?) the Dodgers did rally for two in the ninth to tie the score 4-all (thank you, Manny!). But the Rox put them away without too many extras. Key play: Carlos Gonzalez(notes), who can't swing because of a steak knife injury to his hand, bunted and James Loney(notes) messed it up from there.
"We look at it as all the pressure's on them," Tulowitzki said. "They're supposed to win the division. They were up by 15 1/2 . We're just messing around, I guess."
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Feelin' Rundown (these are dog days of August):Elvis Andrus(notes) (right).
Padres 2, Braves 1 (12 inn.): The ATL could have gained a game on the Phillies — though I wasn't under the impression they had a real chance to catch them anyway. So, no biggie?
Red Sox 6, White Sox 3: With his 55th stolen base, Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) officially becomes the speediest Red Sock since at least Rick Miller. I thought they just didn't allow stolen bases on the Red Sox before Ellsbury.
Nationals 15, Cubs 6: Cubbies are goin' to blazes in style!
Twins 7, Orioles 6: Fear the Twinkie.
Reds 8, Brewers 6 (13 inn.): Three homers for the Nix-ons. Two for Laynce, one for Jayson.