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 Philly, where they have the Brotherly Love and the kind of love where your teammate gives you a friendly right cross to the belly after you hit a game-ending, winning streak-sustaining home run.
Game of the Day
Phillies 4, Cubs 1 (13 inn.)
Werth the wait: All the Phillies needed was a single to extend their winning streak to 10, but Jayson Werth(notes) delivered with some extra mustard, driving a pitch from Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija(notes) deep into the left-field bleachers for a three-run game-ender at Citizens Bank Park (VIDEO).
"Everybody is just anticipating, waiting for it to happen, because we have some big bats in our lineup," said Blanton, who allowed one run over seven innings in another strong start.
Werth was rewarded (try saying that 10 times fast) with the now-typical home-plate pummeling. Shane Victorino(notes) (No. 8) made sure to get in the first shot. If Werth jumps any higher, I don't know, could be a DL situation.
On the strength of their longest winning streak in 19 seasons, the defending world bleeping champions lead the NL East by 6 1/2 games. Werth, a first-time All-Star earlier this month, has been a huge reason for the success.
Werth winning: His first few seasons in the majors, Werth kind of grazed around big-league outfields. A talented first-round pick, a descendant of baseball lineage (he's a Schofield!), Werth belonged in the majors — but doing what?
Since coming to Philadelphia, Werth has transformed himself from vagabond, to platoon starter, to indispensable guy capable of hitting anywhere in the lineup. He doesn't have the impact of Ryan Howard(notes), Chase Utley(notes) or Cole Hamels(notes), but it would be a lot harder for the Phillies to win without him.
"I still don't think we're clicking on all cylinders just yet," Werth said. "We're a second-half club and down the stretch is when we play our best. We just need to keep setting the table for September. I think you'll see our best baseball in September and October."
Werthless: The Cubs, who have dropped both games in Philly after feasting on the Nationals, got a great start from enigmatic Rich Harden(notes), but did almost nothing to support him. Lou Piniella was subtle, as usual, in the postgame talk.
"We're challenged offensively," Piniella said. "You don't score runs, you don't win no matter how good you pitch. I'll tell you what, we might need a couple of hitters at the [trade] deadline."
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Feelin' Rundown (werth reading, too):
Rays 3, White Sox 2: A couple of playoff-caliber games so far in this series. The Rays have played as well as anybody since May 1 and the White Sox are reaching a higher gear, too. They were three outs away from taking this one, but Bobby Jenks(notes) had absolutely nothing in the ninth inning.
All the Rays seem to do is have late-inning comebacks.
The Rays erased one of the best pitching performances from the Sox this season by — I'm not hallucinating — Clayton Richard(notes). We hereby have to reverse the reversing of his name (calling him "Richard Clayton") until further notice.
Nationals 4, Mets 0: The second complete game and the first career shutout for John Lannan(notes) and Yoko. Both feats have come this season against Buffalo, I mean the Mets. If everything holds, Lannan will throw a no-hitter sometime during the Sept. 18-20 series in New York.
David Wright(notes) almost did something, but Nyjer Morgan(notes) took it away with this catch (VIDEO). The Mets have been shut out five times in their past 13 games. That might work in CONCACAF but not in the 'hood. ... Oliver Perez(notes) walked his usual six.
Six games into his new job, Jim Riggleman is on the board with a victory. That calls for this: