Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Cantu Slays Mets; Betancourt Drives Mariners Past White Sox
Players of the Day for Tuesday, April 28, 2009 American League After dropping the first half of their double-header at Chicago, 2-1, the Mariners took revenge on the White Sox with a 9-1 triumph in the nightcap as shortstop Yunieski Betancourt took matters into his own hands from his #8 slot in the lineup, going 4-for-5, with 3 singles and a three-run homer, a stolen base and 5 RBI. The Mariners banged out 19 hits in the slaughter, with Russell Branyan going 5-for-5 with two doubles and three singles. Betancourt's power surge was not all that unusual, as he averages 8 home runs per season. National League The Florida Marlins snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the NY Mets who conitnue to chase them in the NL East standings. The Mets are still 3 games behind, Atlanta trails Florida by 2, and the Phillies are just 1/2-game back. Jorge Cantu unloaded a pair of homers - a two-run blast in the 4th and a 3-run shot in the 7th inning which broke a 4-4 tie and decided the game in favor of the Marlins. Cantu, who also singled and walked, finished 3-for-3, with 2 runs and 5 RBI. He has 5 homers and 17 RBI on the year to go with a .357 batting average. Last year, Cantu knocked 29 homers and collected 95 RBI. NOTES: The Cubs' Carlos Zambrano took personal delight in his team's 11-3 win at Arizona on Tuesday. The starter not only worked 7 quality innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, he also singled, doubled, homered, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs in support of his own cause.