Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Book of David: Eckstein Scores for Jays; Wright's 5 RBI Leads Mets

Eckstein Scores for Jays; Wright's 5 RBI Leads Mets Players of the Day for Tuesday, April 15, 2008 American League The Toronto Blue Jays took a calculated risk when they plucked David Eckstein from St. Louis, but the diminuative shortstop who proved his worth in 2001 with the California Angels, is already paying benefits as the Jays downed the Orioles, 11-3, Tuesday in Baltimore. Eckstein singled three times in four at-bats, scored in the 1st, 3rd and 6th innings and singled in the final run in the ninth. For good measure, he also stole his first base of the season. Notes: How do you get four RBI with one hit? The obvious answer is with a grand slam, but Javier Lopez devised a different way in Seattle's 11-6 win at Kansas City last night with a single and 3 sac flies in 2 official at-bats. Now, that's efficiency. National League Mets' 3rd baseman David Wright has been getting plenty of press lately as one of baseball's best all-around athletes, but Tuesday night he proved why he's so highly-regarded as he drove in 5 of the 6 Mets' runs in their 6-0 beating of Washington with a home run and two doubles in four at-bats. The complete player, Wright also scored the only other run he didn't drive in, coming plateward in the 7th on a Carlos Betran single. Incidentally, the home run was a 2-run, 1st inning shot, Wright's 4th of the season. Notes: There were zeroes everywhere in the NL last night, as three teams - Washington, Colorado and Atlanta were all blanked. In NY, Mike Pelfrey limited the Nats to just 5 hits over 7 innings in NY's 6-0 win. Scott Olsen set down Atlanta on five hits and no walks over 7 as Florida won, 4-0, but the best performance of the night belonged to Randy Wolf, who blanked Colorado for 7 innings on 1 hit and 4 walks in the Padres' 6-0 win. In each case, relievers finished the whitewash for the starter.

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