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 Atlanta, where Randy Wells(notes) (who?) came within eight outs of a no-hitter in his fifth big league start. But as the Cubs know too-well, cosmic fortunes in baseball are soon-reversed.
Game of the Day
Braves 6, Cubs 5 (12 inn.)
Have a Coke and a smile instead: Chipper expended twice as much energy eluding teammates who wanted to give him a congratulatory slap as he did getting the game-ending hit, a two-out single on a full-count (VIDEO). Jones said victories such as this "build character," which tells you a lot about the state of the Braves these days.
"We were dead in the water," Jones said.
What does it say about the Cubs — who were cruising, up 5-0 and eight outs from a no-no — and somehow found themselves on the wrong end of their 11th loss in 15 games?
"With a five-run lead in the eighth inning, it shouldn't get away," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We gave that one to them, with a nice little ribbon."
And nary a Gatorade dispenser to beat up.
Boomer: Randy David Wells, who are you and why are you throwing a no-hitter? Wells, a 38th-round draft pick of the Cubs in 2002, wasn't supposed to contribute to a supposedly deep staff. But he's been one of its best arms, flashing gaudy stats (if not Gaudin stats) and, now, he was racking up out after out in place of the suspended Carlos Zambrano(notes) — who piled on to his machine-breaking meltdown by missing the team flight to Hotlanta.
Wells actually should have had a perfect game going, but Yunel Escobar(notes) was credited as being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. TV replays appeared to show the ball hitting only Escobar's bat. Still, Wells had a no-no.
"I don't care what anyone says, you are aware of it," the 26-year-old Wells said.
Jones ended the no-hit bid with one out in the seventh and — after the Braves pecked away at Wells and Carlos Marmol(notes) — Jeff Francoeur(notes) tied the score with two outs in the ninth with a home run (VIDEO) against
closer enabler Kevin Gregg(notes).
"The longer and longer you go with a guy having a no-no against you, the tighter the grip goes around the bat," Jones said. "Once we got the hit out of the way, we started pecking away and we got a couple breaks."
Second City guess: With the potential winning run at second and a full count on Chipper in the 12th, Piniella could have instructed Aaron Heilman(notes) to walk the Braves' top hitter and go after Brian McCann(notes). But Heilman left a pitch where Jones could do something with it. It was time for bed, anyhow.
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Athletics 5, White Sox 0: The Stew got excited about the debut of Antonio Bastardo last night and — wouldn't you know it? — the li'l bastage came through with a victory. But he wasn't the only fresh face on the Cell block.
22-year-old Vin Mazzaro(notes) (yeah, he don't go by "Vinnie" or "Vince" or "Vincent") of the Hackensack, N.J. Mazzaroes, pitched 6 1/3 scoreless in his debut.
Phillies 10, Padres 5: No footage of Bastardo getting creamed, but he did get support from Rauuuuuuuuuul Ibanez, who hit a pair of homers on birthday No. 37.
"It's your birthday, it's not your birthday. I've had 37 of them. They tend to be less of a big deal."
Well, that's good, because I didn't get him anything, anyway.
Yankees 12, Rangers 3: Moment of silence for the Yankees' record errorless streak. It was 18 games long. ... Mark Teixeira(notes) called out Vicente Padilla(notes) for being the headhunter many think he is. Ol' Teix got hit twice, once on the shoulder, once on the behind. He retaliated, not just with postgame words, but also by taking out Elvis Andrus(notes) on a hard slide. Teix is earnin' his keep.
"Every time I've faced him since, there seem to be balls near my head, near my body, and today I got hit twice," Teixeira said. "Not the right way to play the game. Unfortunately, you know, that guy has been doing it his whole career."
Padilla denied the charges, calling them "unfair" and "stupid."
Nationals 10, Giants 6: Timmy's W-L record was unharmed, which is all that matters.
Pirates 3, Mets 1: The Duke Boy beat Johan. It really happened, even though the collective sports psyche of Pittsburgh was somewhere else. Go
Pens! Pencils! Staplers!
"I knew I was going to reach the mark this year, and I knew it would be pretty cool when I did it, but now it's a relief to get it over with," Uggla said. "The fastest at my position? That wasn't brought to my attention until [Monday]. It's pretty special."
"Memphis is a nice place and all," Stavinoha said. "But I like it a little better here."
Oh, please, please, pleeeeeeeeease, Tony, can we keep him, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease???
Blue Jays 6, Angels 4: Web M.D. Halladay picks up the coveted ninth victory of the season after a 133-pitch (122 Canadian) effort.
Rays 6, Royals 2: A tiebreaking two-run double, plus a two-run homer for Matt Joyce(notes), who says, "Hang on, wait a second" before you evaluate the Edwin Jackson(notes) trade just yet. Joe Maddon says Joyce "has a special bat. It makes a different sound when he hits it." Lend it to B.J. Upton(notes), then.
Mariners 8, Orioles 2: Bedard beats his old team and even cracks a smile and sings along with a tune on the clubhouse stereo. That's quite a thawing out for ol' Mr. Frostypants, who is described as "intensely private." The O's still gladly take Adam Jones(notes) and George Sherrill(notes).
"Then again, if I didn't invite them, that probably shows you how much the record meant to me," Ichiro said.
This guy's a real cut-up!
Dodgers 6, D-backs 5: Manny is halfway done with his suspension. The Dodgers are 15-10 without him so far.
The round-up is now over. Please return to your vehicle.