Sunday, May 11, 2008
Sizemore Whacks 2 Homers; Beltran Leads Mets Over Reds; Maddux #350
Players of the Day from Saturday, May 10, 2008 American League Grady Sizemore had a heck of a night, all of it by the fifth inning as the Indians swamped the Blue Jays, 11-0, and moved to within 1/2 game of first place in the AL Central. Sizemore (.282, 6. 20) homered to lead off the game, doubled home another run in the 4th and socked a three-run homer in the 5th inning, scoring three times and driving home five. The loss was the third straight for Toronto, currently occupying last place in the East. Notes: Tampa Bay shut out the Angels for the second straight game. Scott Kasmir blanked the Halos for six innings, before giving way to a trio of relievers. Troy Percival picked up his 8th save. Seattle lost for the fifth straight time and the ninth in their last 10, losing 8-4, to Chicago. They are 8 games back in the West. National League The NY Mets split a double-header with Cincinnati on Saturday, winning the opener by a 12-6 tally before losing the second game, 7-1. Carlos Beltran accounted for 5 RBI in the opener, with a single, triple and sac fly in 3 at-bats. Beltran, who hit 33 homers and drove in 113 RBI last season, isn't off to one of his better starts. He's only homered twice and driven in just 18 runs while batting a sub-par .233. A career .279 hitter, he's improved his average by 29 points in the last seven games, but still has a long way to go. Notes: While the Mets remain in third place, three games behind streaking Florida (won 6 straight), they still have the Phillies with which to contend. Philly lost to San Francisco, 8-2, on Saturday, but are still a game ahead of the Mets. Florida beat Washington, 11-0, as Dan Uggla drove in five runs. The master of consistency, Greg Maddux, won his 350th career game yesterday in San Diego's 3-2 win over Colorado. Maddux (3-3, 3.60) worked 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and no earned runs. In 715 starts, Maddux is 350-217, with a 3.12 ERA. The doors to the Hall of Fame are open wide.