Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Hamels Blanks Nats; Renteria Drives Five for Tigers
Players of the Day from Tuesday, May 20, 2008 American League The Detroit Tigers potentially have one of the best hitting teams in either league, especially considering that a batter in the #8 hole, Edgar Renteria can go 4-for-4 and drive in five runs on a given night. That's exactly what Renteria did in the Tigers' 12-8 win at Seattle on Tuesday, socking a home run and a triple to go with a pair of singles. Notes: Trouble is, the Tigers are still deep in a hole in the standings, 6 1/2 behind and in last place in the AL Central. They're even three games behind the 4th-place Royals, who have lost two straight. Detroit seems fine against fellow bottom-feeders like the Mariners, but a lack of solid starting pitching has doomed them against better squads. National League Cole Hamels didn't get a decision in Philadelphia's 1-0 squeaker over the Nationals, but he certainly deserved a W, working over Washington hitters for 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and a pair of walks while blanking them with 11 strikeouts. The win went to reliever Tom Gordon (4-2) when the Phillies scored the game's only run in the top of the 9th inning. Hamels (5-3) has been very effective thus far in 2008, sporting an ERA of 2.61 and a 1.02 WHIP. Notes: Still feeling Chipper? Atlanta stood strong at home on Tuesday taking both ends of a double-header with the Mets, 6-1 and 6-2, sneaking past the New Yorkers into second place in the NL East. Chipper Jones, the hottest bat in the league, was held somewhat in check. He registered 3 hits in 8 at-bats in the two games, which actually made his league-leading batting average drop to .409.