Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Fulton County, Ga., where the Atlanta Braves were about to be overcome by the sizzling Cincinnati Reds. Until a certain young man came to their aid.
Game of the Day: Braves 5, Reds 4
The Reds, who lead the league with 13 comeback victories, charged back with three runs in the eighth, and then a single in the ninth against the Braves' 38-year-old closer to tie the score 4-all. OK, senior moments are allowed when whippersnappers such as Heyward are on your team.
With two outs in the bottom half of the ninth, Heyward connected for a game-ending RBI double against Nick Masset(notes), which turned Turner Field upside down and snapped the Reds' four-game winning streak. It also gave Wagner his fourth victory. The vulture! Preying on the good deeds of the young like that.
"It doesn't surprise me anymore," Wagner said. "He's not 20, he's about a 10-year vet the way he carries himself and handles all the attention and the pressure that's put on him. It's great to play with him."
Heyward also hit his first big-league triple, and finished 3 for 5 to push his average to .288.
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They Also Played
Cubs 4, Phillies 1: You'd think the Phillies would be used to a junk-dealing lefty after seeing Zach Duke(notes) the night before, but Tom Gorzelanny(notes) was just as tough. And even when they hit him hard, he hit back. He's Gorzo! And the Cubs have won four in a row.
Pirates 6, Brewers 4: Revenge! Oh, the Brewers aren't so tough when they're not scoring 20 runs, are they? Hey, watch this and see if you can find the ball. Here's some help: Don't ask Ryan Braun where it is!
Red Sox 3, Twins 2: Clay Buchholz(notes) shows the rest of the obscenely paid Red Sox rotation how it's done. Hey, David Ortiz's(notes) OPS is .837. He's apparently not done. The pipes, the pipes called from glen to glen and down the mountainside for Daniel Bard(notes), so he got the save.
Rangers 4, Orioles 3: The Rangers won, so they're cool with umpires blowing a call that cost Josh Hamilton(notes) a home run. All they had to do was check the replay, but they declined because Paul Eddings was "sure." Ehhhh! Sorry, guys. Wrong guess. You're paying for the Tivo, use it.
"Actually, if I could go to the casino now, I think I'd hit jackpot. Put it all on black," Hunter said. "Right now, I'm just kind of happy lucky. That's what baseball is all about, being lucky."
D-backs 13, Giants 1: Arizona hit six homers, and Adam LaRoche(notes) hit two? It must have been Todd Wellemeyer(notes) pitching. (*Checks box score.) It was. And don't look at Brandon Medders'(notes) line, because it will turn you to stone, like that Medusa chick.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 2: Disproving Ricky Vaughn's axiom that seeing's the most important thing, Brett Cecil(notes) pitched without his glasses but threw the ball over the plate anyway. ... Ken Griffey is down to .183. Batting average, not pounds. Oh, Milton Bradley's(notes) back for the Mariners. Yeah, they didn't really notice, either.