Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Citizens Bank Park, where Carlos Ruiz(notes) capped off an epic seven-run rally, the completion of which seemed inevitable once Jonathan Broxton(notes) came in.
Game of the Day: Phillies 10, Dodgers 9
Ice cream for the winners: Down 9-2, the Phillies chipped away with four runs in the eighth and finished off the Dodgers with four more in the ninth, the last coming on Ruiz's two-run double against Broxton. Chooch's biggest challenge was evading the playful beatdown by teammates that awaited him.
"I was trying to make everybody miss," Ruiz said. "They got me."
Funny — Broxton could say the same thing.
Stairs not taken: Ever since Broxton allowed that home run to Matt Stairs(notes) back in the 2008 playoffs, he's been miserable against the Phillies: 9.82 ERA and three blown saves. Is it because the Phillies have some kind of Children of the Corn hex on him?
Broxton's most recent Philly nightmare began with a hit batter and two walks. Casey Blake(notes), not to be left out, let a grounder go through his legs for a two-run error. Then came the Chooch. Broxton did not retire a single batter.
Via the AP:
"If I don't walk the guys, [the error] doesn't matter," said Broxton, who has allowed 11 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over 15 career appearances against Philadelphia. "Guys play on their heels when the pitcher's not throwing strikes."
For the academy's consideration: The Dodgers should just donate the rest of their games to charity.
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They Also Played...
Mets 4, Rockies 0: With his team's closer out of jail but still suspended (the Mets are considering changing their nickname to the Sons of Anarchy) Johan Santana(notes) pitched every necessary inning — meaning all of them.
Brewers 8, D-backs 4: One of the only things standing between the Brewers and getting swept: Casey McGehee(notes), who went 4 for 4 and is in a 9-for-9 streak that is three hits short of the major league record. McGehee is three hits short of tying a mark set by Pinky Higgins in 1938 and matched by Walt Dropo in 1952.
Indians 4, Orioles 1: Don't know how to react nowadays when the Orioles lose. Try to not let it happen anymore, BuckShowalter Fuller.
Yankees 4, Royals 3: Scary ninth inning for the Yankees, with CC Sabathia(notes) tired, Mariano Rivera(notes) unavailable, Joba Chamberlain(notes) untrustworthy and David Robertson(notes) being new at this.
Padres 3, Pirates 0: Never mind the score — check out the '78 uniforms! And more:
Twins 6, White Sox 1: If it was Chicago's strategy to leave the bases loaded in seemingly every inning, then this might as well count as a victory.
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