Note: like yesterday, I am the guest writer for today's Morning Juice over at Big League Stew. Here's a sneak peak of the thrilling recaps but check out the Juice to read the brilliant comments:
Pirates 3, Braves 1: Manager Bobby Cox was ejected for the 144th time in his career after arguing a questionable out call in the bottom of the ninth inning. Old Bob was probably ticked off that his reliever Rafael Soriano had just given up the farm in the top half of the inning after a stellar eight-inning, one-run start by Javy Vazquez. Either that or he wanted to get out of the stadium before reporters asked him why he started a horse at cleanup.
Astros 2, Cubs 1 (13): Astros cornerman Geoff Blum collected his second walkoff hit in as many days. Hey Geoff, if you do it again today, someone'll make a clever "Mr. Walkoff" t-shirt with your caricature on it and the words "Geoff's In Blum!" on the back. Twenty years down the line, we'll all look back and laugh. Derrek Lee's game-tying tater tot in the ninth went for naught, except it made post-game traffic worse in Houston.
Rockies 5, Brewers 4: Something was cooking in Milwaukee and it wasn't the beer brats. Jim Tracy's Rockies swept the Brew Crew and have now won eight games in a row. Heck, they can actually smell the .500 mark now! Aaron Cook went six strong for his fifth win but nearly lost it when "reliever" Huston Street allowed a three-run ding-dong to Ryan Braun in the ninth.
Athletics 4, Twins 3: Dave Cameron had a point when he bemoaned the poor fielding trio of outfielders that Ron Gardenhire wheeled out behind Nick Blackburn. Blackburn cruised through seven shutout innings before right fielder Michael Cuddyer misplayed a Jack Hannahan liner, diving right past the ball that rolled all the way to the wall and let Hannahan reach with a triple. Thus began the rally that killed the Twins lead and Blackburn's would-be win.