Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Miller Park, home of the bratwurst and the Milwaukee Brewers. Well, all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman(notes) is pitching his wurst right now, having blown a pair of ninth-inning leads in Milwaukee's series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Game of the Day: Brewers 8, Cardinals 7
The Brewers zipped to a 7-2 lead thanks mostly to homers by Rickie Weeks(notes), Corey Hart(notes) and Ryan Braun. But Albert Pujols(notes) and Matt Holliday(notes) wouldn't let them get away so easily. Pujols had two homers and four RBIs from the seventh inning on, and he and Matt Holliday went deep back-to-back against Hoffman with two outs in the ninth to tie the score.
This Pujols hombre is not only a prince of a guy and a machine at the plate, but he's also quite the phat filmmaker. Pictured above with his director of photography Dog the Bounty Hunter, Pujols points to the exact spot in the galaxy he's from. Unfortunately, all the cameraman wants to do is shoot's Albert's butt. (Perhaps he's a relative of Buck Showalter.) Meanwhile, Hoffman (above, left) enjoys some popcorn.
An entertaining film, unless you're a Brewers fan or Hoffman.
"If you throw 85 mph right over the middle of the plate, that's usually what happens. Not to be funny about it, but it's embarrassing," said Hoffman, whose past four blown saves have come against the Cardinals. (Editor's note: No kiddin'?)
He (or, Heee) hit a solo homer against Kyle McClellan(notes) to win the game for Milwaukee in the bottom of the ninth. McClellan definitely gets his motorized beer cooler privileges revoked. That's Prince Fielder(notes) on the right hugging the Curly-like McGehee.
"Hoffy's human. I think sometimes we get spoiled that sometimes he appears to be Superman out there. It's going to happen and he's going to be fine," McGehee said. "He's going to bounce back and be Trevor all over again. It's just one night."
Hoffman also blew a save in Friday's game. Are these just a couple of senior moments for Hoffy, or is there cause for concern? Hoffman is 42 and can't pitch forever. Ron Washington might suggest bailing on Hoffman after two bad games, but Ken Macha probably isn't switching to Todd Coffey(notes) or LaTroy Hawkins(notes) just yet.
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They Also Played
Tigers 9, Indians 8: Another comeback, with the Tigers scoring the game's final six runs over innings 7-8-9. Tribe closer Chris Perez(notes), heretofore a success, walked in the tying run and wild-pitched home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Jim Leyland, whose team became the second club since 1986 to win a nine-inning game while stranding at least 18 runners, will take it. Los Tigres are 5-1.
"This is not a game we should have won, but we did," said Leyland, who did not offer it back to the Indians.
"That's why this game is such a waste," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Who knows when we will ever score six runs off Justin Verlander again, if ever?"
Well, with THAT kind of optimism ...
D-backs 15, Pirates 6: You want a big inning? Is your rally cap secured? OK, we got one for you. Arizona scored 13 times, count ‘em, in the fourth. Pitcher Edwin Jackson(notes) singled and homered — one of three deeps in the frame.
It's a team record for the Deebax and it ties a team record for the Bucs. It's the biggest inning since, well, only last season — the Indians scored 14 on the Yankees in the second inning April 19, 2009. More on this game later.
Yankees 7, Rays 3: If the Rays can't get someone to build them a new stadium in Florida so they can move out of the Holidome, maybe Jorge Posada(notes) and Mark Teixeira(notes) can influence the power brokers.
White Sox 5, Twins 4: The Twins failed to tie the score in the top of the ninth, but the game's last play — which ended at the plate — was so odd, nobody could fully explain why they failed. More on this wackadoo game later, too.
Nationals 5, Mets 2: Warshington's Josh Willingham(notes) probably became the first player in major league history to be thrown out at home plate on a grand slam. The call was reversed after umpires checked TV replay. Good gravy, did something extraordinarily strange strange happen in every game?
Giants 6, Braves 3: A four-hour rain delay to start the game later, Timmy! Lincecum strikes out 10 and the Gigantes improve to 5-1. I picked them for fourth in the West.
WDJHD?: The league supposedly had him figured out Thursday and Friday, but Jason Heyward(notes) apparently learns quick, too. He went 3-for-3 on Saturday and hit his second homer in as many days Sunday. See? All better. His totals: Six games, three homers, eight RBIs, .292/.370/.708.
Phillies 2, Astros 1: Sunday would be a great time to go to the zoo with Roy Halladay(notes), but Phily fans probably preferred watching him outduel Roy Oswalt(notes). I know you're wondering and it's true: This was the first meeting of Roy H. and Roy O. I'm pretty sure it's Halladay's first game ever against another Roy of any kind. Oswalt, as my uncanny research uncovered, once faced Roy Corcoran.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1: Jays are 5-1, all on the road. Picked them for last.
Rangers 8, Mariners 2: Rangers manager Ron Washington has replaced closer Frank Francisco(notes), after two blown saves to start the season, with Neftali Feliz(notes). Not sure what the Mariners can do to fix their 2-5 record, but one change probably ain't gonna cut it.
Red Sox 8, Royals 6: It looks like Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) is OK after Adrian Beltre(notes) kneed him in the ribs. What a knee jerk! Ha! Ahem. They're going to double check the X-rays today on a "bigger monitor," Ellsbury said. I'll say this: It could have been worse for the Red Sox if Ellsbury kneed Beltre in the groin. No cup protects Beltre's male region.
Athletics 9, Angels 4: The A's are 5-2. Picked them for last, too. Dallas Braden(notes) looks very, very good so far. Was gonna say "like an All-Star" but it's a little early. And no highlight package is complete without an Adam Rosales(notes) home-run sprint. Quick sonovagun. Look on the right — the dude can fly!
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