Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crede's Slam Finishes Marathon; Berkman 4-for-4 in Houston Hit-Fest

Players of the Day for May 13, 2009 American League After battling for 12 innings, the situation looked bleak for the Twins when Detroit's Curtis Granderson tripled and scored on Jesse Crain's balk in the top of the 13th. That made the score 10-9 with Minnesota coming to bat in the bottom of the inning. Jason Kubel led off the frame with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Nick Punto, who was sacrificed to second by Denard Span and scored on Matt Tolbert's scratch single, tying the game again. After a ground out by Joe Mauer and walks to Justin Morneau andMichael Cuddyer loaded the bases, Joe Crede launched his 5th home run of the season, ending the contest with Minnesota on top, 14-10. Crain, who was the goat a half-inning earlier, took home the win. Crede, after nine seasons in the AL Central with the White Sox, is proving his value in his first season as a Twin. It was the Twins' second straight win over Detroit. Minnesota goes for the home sweep on Thursday. The Tigers remain in a tie for first in the division with Kansas City, with Minnesota a game back. National League The hits just kept coming in the second game of Houston's three-game set at Colorado. After being bombed by the Rockies, 12-1 in the first game, Houston came back with a vengeance, knocking out 24 hits in a 15-11 win. Every starter had at least two hits, including starting pitcher Mike Hampton, who singled twice and scored a pair of runs. Miguel Tejada had three hits, scored three times and drove in three, Geoff Blum doubled twice and drove in five, but Lance Berkman topped the hit parade with four singles in four at-bats, scoring 3 times and driving in two runs. Berkman, who has been in a wicked slump since the start of the season, may be finally coming around for the struggling Astros. The four-hit effort raised his batting average from .187 to .216. NOTES: Ryan Zimmerman's hitting streak ended on Wednesday night at San Francisco, as the Nationals' third baseman went hitless in three at-bats with a pair of walks. despite the 0-for-3 effort, Zimmerman's batting average of .357 ranks fifth in the National League. His 51 hits are tops in the league, with LA's Orlando Hudson two back at 49 and a .348 batting average.

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