Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A-Rod 5-for-5; Pittsburgh's Sanchez 6-for-6
Players of the Day for Monday, May 25, 2009 American League The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, better known for home runs or performance-enhancing drugs, managed to come down to earth in New York's 11-1 win over Texas, rapping out three ordinary singles and a couple of doubles, driving in four runs and scoring twice. A-Rod's 5-for-5 night at the plate helped snap the Rangers' 3-game win streak, and moved the Yankees past Toronto, into second place behind Boston in the AL East, 1 1/2 games back. National League While A-Rod was going 5-for-5, Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez one-upped him, going 6-for-6 in the Pirates' wild, 10-8 win over the struggling Cubs, who have now lost 8 straight and are just one game ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central standings. Sanchez, who has been hovering around the .300 mark most of the year, had four singles, a double, a two-run homer, a stolen base, three RBI and 4 runs scored. He was a pretty busy guy, boosting his batting average from .297 to .320, while also turning a double play in the field. His 58 hits are tied for fifth with Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez. Washington's Ryan Zimmerman and LA's Orlando Hudson lead the league with 65 hits apiece. NOTES: There was no shortage of offense across the majors on Memorial Day, except in Milwaukee, where Bill Hall singled in the only run of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 1-0 Milwaukee win over the Cardinals. Both starters - St. Louis Chris Carpenter and Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo - both went 8 innings and allowed just 2 hits each, but left the game tied and without a decision. Carpenter had a perfect game through 6 innings and finished without walking a batter while fanning 10. Elsewhere, double digits were the order of the day. The Yankees plated 11 in their win; The White Sox put up 17, Detroit scored 13, the Pirates scored 10 and the Dodgers crossed the plate 16 times, all of them winners. Tampa Bay scored 10 runs in the first four innings, but blew that 10-0 lead to Cleveland, who scored 7 in the bottom of the ninth, beating the Rays, 11-10. The Rays used four pitchers in the ninth inning, but could not get three outs. Eventually, it was Jason Isringhausen's 3 walks and Victor Martinez's 2-run single that ended the debacle.