Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Denver and San Francisco, where not even 10-1 leads were safe.
Rockgust: Or just plain disgust for the Braves, who took their eyes off the Rockies at their own peril. The Kardiak Kidz matched their biggest turnaround in team history — so far — after getting down (and not in a funky way) 10-1 in the third inning. Troy Tulowitzki(notes) hit a tie-breaking RBI single to key a four-run eighth against Jonny Venters(notes).
I think this team has the ability to get down 13 or 14-1 and mount a Coors Field Comeback. Whaddya say, manager Jim Tracy?
"What an effort," Tracy said. "The thing I've fallen in love with these players is they don't quit. We were short-handed pitching and then offensively, here we go, and we started chipping away."
Not to be outdone, the Reds — a division-leader a little farther west — blew their own 10-1 lead.
AugDusty: After taking it on the chin to the tune of 27-7 in the first two games of the series, the Reds rebounded and were cruising their way to a very successful end to a road trip. Joey Votto(notes) asserted his MVP-hood with two homers; Jonny Gomes(notes) hit his 100th career homer and Homer Bailey(notes) didn't homer, but he did have an RBI single.
But back came the Giants, notably with a six-run eighth, to take an 11-10 lead.
"We had such a comfortable lead for most of the game," Votto said. "For them to come back like that, it could have been difficult to recover."
Faced with the prospect of a dreadful loss, Paul Janish(notes) came through with a tying single with two outs in the ninth and Votto's single against emergency reliever Barry Zito(notes) put the Reds on top for good in the 12th. Janish was later tagged out at home by Buster Posey(notes) (above).
The Giants didn't help themselves with five errors. That's what you get, sometimes, when you have to put seven left fielders in the lineup.
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They Also Played...
Angels 12, Rays 3: The Angels had a big lead by the fourth inning, to which Rays manager Joe Maddon said: "Once they got all those points, it takes the wind out of our sails. Getting down like we did makes it much more difficult on your offense." He called runs "points." What the heck, Joe?
Cubs 4, Nationals 0: All the Cubs are doing is ruining their position in the draft lottery.
Athletics 6, Indians 1: The Moneyball, it works for the pitchers, eh?
Orioles 4, White Sox 2: Got a text from 'Duk, who was at U.S. Cellular Field last night: "Brian Matusz for Cy Young." He was being a smart aleck, but it could happen next year or the one after.
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