Saturday, May 16, 2009
Detroit's Double Slam Crushes A's; Mets Have Mr. Wright
Players of the Day for Friday, May 15, 2009 American League Detroit's Ryan Raburn (left) and Brandon Inge (right) each belted grand slam homers and drove in five runs apiece as the Tigers hammered the punchless A's, 14-1. Raburn hit his homer in the first inning to get the Tigers off to a hot start, while Inge waited until the sixth inning for his bases-loaded blast to pretty much finish things off. Inge singled home Clete Thomas in the 8th for an additional RBI. Thomas and Miguel Cabrera each had 3 hits and 4 runs in the rout. Raburn's homer was his first of the season; for Inge, his 10th. The win kept the Tigers tied for first in the AL Central with Kansas City. National League David Wright remains one of the hottest hitters in the National League, boosting his average to .341 Friday with a 3-for-5 effort (double, 3 singles), a stolen base, 4 RBI and a run scored in New York's 8-6 win over Washington. Wright has hit safely in his last seven games and has been an integral part of New York's rise to the top of the AL East, which they lead by 2 games over Philly and Atlanta. Friday's effort was Wright's 5th multiple-hit game in his last seven.