Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tigers Score 19, Guillen Drives in Five; Fielder's Pair Propels Brewers
Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 23, 2008 American League This one was out of control early on. The score was 5-5 by the end of the second inning and 7-6 after 4, but when the Tigers put up 11 runs in the sixth, Detroit was on its way to a 19-6 pasting of the Taxes Rangers. In the middle of it all was Carlos Guillen, who stroked two singles and a double in 4 at-bats, stole a base and hit a sac fly to drive in five runs. The Tigers, regarded by many as having the best offensive lineup in the majors, strutted their stuff against 6 Texas pitchers who allowed 14 hits and 10 walks. Each of the starting position players had at least one hit except Ramon Santiago, though he managed to drive in three runs and score twice. Notes: The Rangers now have lost six straight and have the worst record in the American League at 7-15. The Angels snapped Boston's 5-game win streak with a 6-4 win at Boston. It was the Red Sox's 3rd home loss. National League Last year, Prince Fielder smacked 50 home runs and the Milwaukee Brewers just missed making the playoffs. Fielder has gotten off to a slow start in 2008, but may be coming around after blasting a pair of homers and driving in four runs in Milwaukee's 5-4 win over Philadelphia. Fielder connected in the first inning with a man aboard and again in the 8th for another 2-run shot that gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead and eventually, the win. Notes: The Cubs have won 6 straight and are two games up on Milwaukee in the Central Division. They defeated the Rockies, 7-6, in ten innings on Wednesday. Atlanta's Chipper Jones leads the league in batting at .422, but the dynamic duo from Philly holds the top spots in homers and RBI. Chase Utley has knocked out 10, followed by teammate Pat Burrell with 8 homers. Burrell leads the league in RBI with 23. Utley has 21.