Monday, June 16, 2008
DeJesus Pounds D-Backs; Casto's Pinch Hit HR Lifts Nats
Players of the Day from Sunday, June 15, 2008 American League David DeJesus was Mr. Do-It-All for the Royals in Sunday's 8-2 win over Arizona. Batting in the leadoff spot, DeJesus opened the game with a single and came around to score on a wild pitch, then hit a grand slam in the 4th inning, and followed that up with an RBI double in the 6th innings, to go 3-for-5 with 5 RBI and a pair of runs scored. DeJesus, who patrols center field for the Royals, raised his batting average to .304, just .001 behind team leader Mark Grudzielanek. Notes: The Detroit Tigers continue to come around, winning their 6th straight, a 5-4 squeaker of the Dodgers, and are now six games behind the White Sox in the Central. Ahead of them are Minnesota, 4 1/2 back, and Cleveland, down 5 1/2. The division, which was projected to be a hard-fought race, is shaping up for the second half of the season. National League Talk about laboring in obscurity. Rookie third baseman Kory Casto hit his first major league home run on Sunday, shattering a 2-2 tie to lead the Nationals to a 6-2 win over Seattle. Pinch-hitting for Wily Mo Pena in the 8th inning, Casto delivered with a three-run blast to right off Seattle reliever Mark Lowe for a 5-2 edge. The Nats scored another run in the inning for the final score and a three-game sweep of the Mariners. That makes Seattle easily the worst team in the majors, with a record of 24-45. Other contenders are the Nationals (29-42), Colorado (28-41) and, of course, the Kansas City Royals (28-42) Notes: Fading fast. The Houston Astros, who were challenging in the Central Division just a few weeks ago, dropped their 5th straight, a 13-0 embarrassment at the hands of the Yankees, but that only tells part of the story. Since May 27, the Astros are just 3-14 and have scored 2 runs or less in 9 of their last 17 games.