Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jake Lamb Powers Diamondbacks to 20th Spring Win; Mark Trumbo Hits 5th Homer as O's Outlast Yanks

Trumbo adds punch for O's
Players of the Day for Friday, March 25, 2016

Grapefruit League

Outlasting the NY Yankees 11-10 in 10 innings, the Baltimore Orioles won for just the seventh time in March, but they are beginning to show signs of life as there regular season approaches.

One of the highlights of Spring has been the production of Mark Trumbo, acquired during the off-season from Seattle, to add more punch to the lineup.

Turbo socked his fifth home run, hitting behind slugger Chris Davis, who sorely needed to see better pitches last season and, with Trumbo threatening behind him in the order, likely will, this year.

Splitting the season between Arizona and Seattle, Trumbo batted .262 with 22 homers and 64 RBI in 2015.

Jake Lamb

Cactus League

The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their dominance in the pre-season, improving to 20-4 with a 7-5 victory over Cleveland Friday.

Jake Lamb socked his third homer of Spring, helping the Diamondbacks pound Cleveland Starter, Cory Kluber, who was touched up for 13 hits and six runs (4 earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

Lamb, who played in 107 games for Arizona last season, is having a sensational Spring training, going 15-for-41 (.366) with three homers and 12 RBI.

The Diamondbacks have a 5 1/2 game lead over the Angels and Rangers in the Cactus League, and play a road game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Lorenzo Cain Doubles Home Three in 12th; Royals Beat Mets in Five for World Series Triumph

Players of the Day for Sunday, November 1, 2015

World Series

Cain: 2-for-5, 3 RBI
Lorenzo Cain's bases-loaded double cleared the bases in the top of the 12th inning, boosting the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship in 30 years with a 7-2 victory over the New York Mets.

Cain also started a ninth-inning rally in the ninth, walking, stealing second and coming home with the Royals' first run off mets' starter, Matt Harvey, on Eric Hosmer's double.

Jeurys Familia relieved Harvey with no outs in the ninth, and, in an odd quirk of scoring, had his third blown save of the series, despite getting all three batters he faced in the inning to ground out.

Mike Moustakas grounded out to first, sending Hosmer to third. Salvador PĂ©rez grounded out to third, as Hosmer scored the tying run. With the bases empty, Alex Gordon grounded out to Familia, but the damage had been done.

Perez, who batted .364 for the five games, was named series MVP.

After the Royals tied the score, Familia retired the side in the 10th and neither team mounted a rally until the Royals came to bat in the 12th.

Perez opened the frame with a single off reliever Addison Reed, and was pinch run for by Jarrod Dyson, who promptly stole second. With one out, pinch hitter, Christian Colon singled in Dyson with what proved to be the game-winner, but the Royals were far from done.

After an error by second baseman Daniel Murphy put runners on first and second, Alcides Escobar doubled to right, scoring Colon. A walk to Ben Zobrist loaded the bases, bringing in Bartolo Colon to pitch to Cain.

Cain unloaded on Colon, putting the game out of reach. Wade Davis itched a scoreless bottom of the 12th. Like Hochevar, who worked the 11th inning, was credited with the win.

The Royals won in five games, taking games one and two in Kansas City, 5-4 and 7-1, respectively, losing game three, 9-3, rallying to win game four, 5-3. They finished off the Mets in 12 innings in game five, 7-2.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Salvador Perez Helps Royals Take Commanding 3-1 Edge in World Series

Perez: 3-4, RBI, R
Players of the Day for Saturday, October 31, 2015

World Series

Rallying in the eighth inning en route to a 5-3 victory, the Kansas City Royals took World Series game four to establish a lead of three games to one.

The Mets' relief staff failed to contain the aggressive Kansas City batters, and Daniel Murphy's critical error sparked a three-run rally in the eighth

Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia fell apart in the crucial inning, as the Mets surrendered a one-run lead. Clippard retired just one batter, walking two, before turning the ball over to Familia who gave up two hits and was on the mound when second baseman Murphy muffed a routine grounder off the bat of Eric Hosmer, sending Ben Zobrist home from second with the tying run.

Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez followed with RBI singles. Perez, who was 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, scored the Royals first run in the fifth inning.

Kansas City will look to close out the series on Sunday at Citi Field. Game time is 8:15 pm ET.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Curtis Granderson, David Wright Lead Mets to Game Three World Series Victory

Players of the Day for Friday, October 30, 2015

World Series

David Wright
Curtis Granderson

Team captain, David Wright, and veteran outfielder, Curtis Granderson, between them scored four runs and drove in six, each socking a two-run homer, as the New York Mets rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals in game three of the 2015 World Series, 9-3.

With the Mets taking the series to New York, trailing two games to none, Wright and Granderson set the tone early. After the Royals scored in the top of the first, Granderson led off for the Mets in the bottom of the frame with a sharp single, followed by a massive blast to left field by Wright, putting the Mets up, 2-1.

Kansas City rallied back for two runs in the second inning, but their lead was short-lived. Granderson homered in the third with starting pitcher, Noah Syndergaard, on base, putting the Mets back on top, where they would stay for the remainder of the game.

The Mets added another run in the fourth and tacked on four runs in the sixth to complete the scoring.

Grandson went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and three runs. Wright, who singled in a pair in the four-run sixth, finished 2-for-5 as well, with a run scored and four RBI.

Syndergaard picked up the win, allowing three runs over six innings, striking out six.

The win gave the Mets hope and momentum, now trailing two games to one, with games four and five to be played at Citi Field in New York.

If games six and/or seven are necessary, they will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Game four is slated for a Saturday start at 8:07 pm ET. Game five is on deck for 8:15 pm ET on Sunday.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Johnny Cueto, Royals Put Mets in 2-0 Hole with Game Two Victory

Cueto: Complete Game W
Player of the Day for Wednesday, October 28, 2015

World Series

Having taken game one in a marathon 14-inning, 5-4 win, the Kansas City Royals put the Mets into a two-games-to-none hole with a 7-1 victory in game two.

The Mets scored first, picking up a run off Johnny Cueto in the top of the fourth inning, but the Royals responded with four runs off Jacob deGrom in the bottom of the fifth, adding three more in the eighth to complete the scoring.

Meanwhile, Cueto proved practically untouchable, allowing just two hits while going the distance. Cueto didn't allow a hit after the fourth inning, setting down 15 in a row before yielding a walk to Daniel Murphy with two down in the ninth. Walking three and fanning four, Cueto earned his first World Series victory. Mets' starter, deGrom took the loss.

The series shifts to New York for games three, four, and, if necessary, game five. Game three is scheduled for an 8:07 pm ET start on Friday.